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Re: Is my car probably a write off?
In December 2002 (when I worked for Ford), I bought a small car to run in tandem with my cosworth. It was a Ford Ka Luxury. I got such an employee discount, that every optional extra box was ticked - yet I paid no more than the standard Lux model (£9,500 to me vs £11,750 retail).
Less than one month later, a driver rear-ended the car whilst stationary at red traffic lights - the tailgate was burst, bumper demolished, and the boot floor had a huge distortion caused by the underslung spare wheel pivoting on its axis which nearly ruptured the floor.
It caused £4,500 pounds worth of damage.
The insurers valued the car based on its market value (i.e. retail & the options, which had been all declared), rather than what I paid for it, so it was repaired rather than written off.
The car was successfully repaired, and I put 88,500 miles on it in the following 3.5 years before the birth of my Son meant we outgrew it.
Now, I would believe that labour rates can only have increased from then, and the values of second-hand cars has diminished, so I would agree - it'll be written off.
Sorry to hear of someone else having a similar experience - it was an uninsured driver who hit me.
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