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post #948 of (permalink) Old 18th January 2010
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Re: Renault Clio 2 - Bonnet catch report

Originally Posted by Karrie View Post
Hi, it was not a Renault garage but that is not the point, is cars had to have bonnet catch maintenance it should be a law applied to all cars in the MOT, otherwise it would be illegal for a non renault garage to service a car? sounds strange but if this has to be maintained then why do garages not know about it? sorr i'm still very stressed about the situation
Pity it wasn't a Renault garage; nonetheless, you should have had a registered notice from Renault asking you to take the car to one of their dealers for an inspection. If they didn't inform you, they are still at fault, in my opinion.

If you only bought the car recently, you may be able to attribute some blame on to your vendor. If it came from a dealer, there are some pertinent requirements that have to be satisfied. If a private individual sold you the car after having received and ignored Renault's notice to have the bonnet security inspected, then that person is at fault if he didn't inform you of all this.

Was the security device dried up or worn? If it looked greased and ok, it was not lack of maintenance that caused this and Renault will say that you opened the bonnet and didn't close it properly and put the blame on you.

Claiming from your insurer is easier but more expensive as you will lose your no-claims-discount. Check your legal cover if you have taken out any with your insurance, but I suspect they would prefer to pay for the predictable costs of repair rather than the unpredictable costs of pursuing Renault or your vendor.

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