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How much should this cost to repair? (Megane I wing)

Hiya ... my continuing insurance saga rumbles on. Now we're up to the stage of me being given various offers and options, as apparently it's a cat C write off. Gimme a break. Apparently the cost of repairing a wing and patching up a door runs to a quite ludicrous amount these days - never mind that I've been driving the car for 18 months since the accident, it's gone through one MOT scot-free and hopefully will soon do another. (And the 600-700 of mechanical work it's had done in the last 3-4 months)

One option that exists is that I keep the car, and they pay me market rate, less excess and salvage cost, on the proviso that I have the repairs done myself and keep the receipts. Of course, this leaves me a budget significantly less than what their approved repairer has quoted, but I do suspect them of massively jacking up the price anyway.

What would you guys think is a realistic price for doing the following at an everyday body shop?:

* Replacing front passenger side wing (metallic "vert-tigo" green)
* Replacing front passenger door or preferably straightening out the crush damage on it (about 2x15 cm strip on the leading edge, mainly from me having to further bash the wing about with block & hammer to get the door open)
* Er ... and that's it. Though you can also quote for the wholly unneccessary replacement of alloy wheel and front bumper if you like, never mind that the bumper wasn't touched and I replaced the wheel myself about a fortnight after the accident.

Damage area as shown in bright green on the attachment. The rest of the car isn't as cherry as it could be, but none of the other small dings, scratches, corrosion, small mechanical niggles are anything to do with the incident.
Well, except for the poorly DIY-touched-up gouge on the roof received when manouevring around the abandoned truck-trailer dumping ground that was the approved repairer's supposed address, looking for someone to talk to, until the smokers outside a local pub told me to try a different address way across town...


I would have just dropped the whole affair ages ago, but the solicitors want an estimate to go on in order to take it to court... and with no witnesses, and my own strong reluctance to either take the full liability hit or have an automatic 50-50 (THEIR fault, damn it - dozy twonk not knowing how to navigate a busy roundabout or work their indicators correctly...), I'm TOTALLY having it go to small claims.
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Re: How much should this cost to repair? (Megane I wing)

Obviously insurance quotes are based on fitting new parts in most cases. After all would you accept second hand components if someone else biffed your car and it was suitable for repair.

Yes you may get the option of fixing your own car but ensure the insurers will accept either a repair of the relevant body panels and/or are willing to accept the fitting of second hand parts.

I do know for example most insuers will not accept repairs to cracked or badly dented bumpers.
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Re: How much should this cost to repair? (Megane I wing)

Why not just scour ebay or enter your requirements on one of the on-line searches which sends your request to breakers across the country - if you're lucky you should find some decent secondhand panels in the right colour, since they are bolt on parts you could sort it yourself for less than 100
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Re: How much should this cost to repair? (Megane I wing)

Well, I did get a reasonable (600 give or take a few notes depending on exact details) quote from a local repairer before xmas ... put it on hold because they said the car would be off the road for a week and I kinda needed it. Was going to be doing it around this time as I could use my bike instead (haven't yet because of **** weather, illness and carrying large loads)... but again it's being held until I can figure out what the wierd noise its making is, and can get it nicely cleaned up.

Have at least had the insurance cheque and cashed it, so there's probably a requirement to have something done soon - or to replace the car outright - but I'm not going to fanny about losing use of it for a week in order to have what is ultimately pointless work done.
(Heck it's pointless anyway, but it seemed a good thing to have when I first started the claim ... it's been almost two years since though, the value of it all has dropped rapidly, particularly as the car has about 1/3rd more miles on it... ain't going to put any "extras" on top any more, e.g. having various scratches smoothed, fixing up the rear arches, as they're definitely turd-polishing exercises after this winter)

I'm leaning towards steve's idea, even, although I don't even know where i'd begin in terms of taking off the old wing and putting the new one on. Bodywork is a tightly closed book at the moment. I can see a couple of likely painted-over bolts when the bonnet's open, but they surely can't be all, and haynes is its usual useless self on the matter. Plus it would still leave the door in a state, and even though I suspect the bodyshop will just build it up with filler, I'd prefer that than either leaving it all creased to hell, or the horrific mess I'd make of it myself. (I already had one car with a caved in door have a hilariously crap bodge replacement done by the dad of the culprit - never again. Coachwork requires a touch of skill and experience.) ... second hand parts don't worry me, but second rate workmanship does.
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Re: How much should this cost to repair? (Megane I wing)

Have a look on europarts as it shows if they have the part in stock, and they also deliver.

Front panels are simple to remove, a few bolts and its off.

I couldn't give a price for fitting or spraying as all are different and I wouldn't have had experience with the ones in your area

You could spray everything yourself, but you would need to do it in an atmosphere which has minimal dust and other floaties, as this will stick to the coats as they dry.
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