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Question Car Stuck in French Garage - Insanely Expensive Quote

Hi everyone,

I'm new posting here but have found your knowledge immensely helpful in the past..

Our 2005 Renault Scenic 1.9 broke down in France, about 8 hours south of Calais.

The turbo is a write-off (as suspected), and the French garage - part of a massive Renault dealership, have quoted 2500 . The car itself is barely worth that!

We've received several UK quotes, all of which came in under 1000, or 1360.

There's no way we'll pay 2500, if we can't get the garage to come down to earth it will have to be a scrap job.

Does anyone have any experience in a similar position? We feel slightly over a barrel.

We are now back in the UK - our breakdown service are quoting 1200 to tow to the UK for repair here. We MAY be able to get the car to another garage in France, but I've found French tow rates to be as high as 200 for a 15 minute trip.

Any advice would be hugely appreciated. What are the chances of recovering some value in a scrap scenario? The front tires (on alloys) were brand new before the trip etc.

Unfortunately if we lose this car I suspect it will be a good few months at least before we can replace it, so I'd rather not have to scrap it! Realistically 1500 is our worst case budget ceiling.

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2005 Renault Scenic 1.9dCi
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