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Re: Car Stuck in French Garage - Insanely Expensive Quote

Originally Posted by AlexScenic05 View Post
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.

My daughter and son-in-law were faced with exactly the same problem a couple of years ago. Fortunately they had breakdown cover in Europe so were able to have the car (and caravan they were towing) brought back to the UK. If you don't have the breakdown cover then you are clearly between a rock and a hard place but given the value of the car you may well have to consider just writing it off. I know that's not what you want to hear but when you add the cost of repair to the recovery you will be well out of pocket.
Sometimes you just have to cut your losses, sorry.
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