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Re: bodywork repairs Wolverhampton

whilst not having dealt directly with this branch try SOLUS in coventry (linky here)

you not going to get any more insurer approved than this company, tbh.
they should have the latest full JIG equipement to allow non-stripped down chassis inspection and adjustment.

and they wont rip you off with insane quotes and then fitting parts off the patern part market from lowest price suppliers( ebay etc!) that some(so called approved) garages might do.

if the repair at full cost is over 3000-3500 then they may write it off, how much did you pay for it?

sounds like you need: bumper(inc. crushable bumper blocks), Grill, NS,OS headlights, Mid crossmember, Upper Crossmember, bonnet hinges/arms, bonnet, (possibly: NS/OS front outer plastic Wings, radiator, aircon matrix and lower crossmember)
then your onto the bits that need welding, either complete inner wings or just the end sections, Front wings will need Re-Jigging.
(if the entire wings need replaceing from the firewall forward then its a write off due to costs involved)

You will need to get the headlamps removed to see fully if the front ends of the inner steel wings have the slots on the ends distorted or crushed (the bumper will take a lot of the impact but if the lights are smashed the probability that the inpact absorbing ends of the wings have deformed is a lot higher. (dont worry the ends are designed to be replaced.)

the bonnet will move back on its arms, so getting the bonnet to open/lift up fully might be a problem.

how are the doors and passenger cabin, any distortion with the door surround gaps? do all the doors/boot open and close ok, no stiffness or catching on the latches/arches or pillars???
if so they may take one look and write it off there and then.

have you considered taking it to an independent claims assesor, that way you get to keep the car regardless and get full compensation from the driver that caused the accident.

It would also allow you to get the chassis work carried out where-ever and allow you to source second hand parts at considerable discount compared to brand new costs ?

take it to Solus and get a full examination and quote. they do private work as well. so you could get the welding/jigg work(then later the respraying) done there and get the rest of the bits replaced (which are just bolt on parts anyway) at a garage which is cheaper (or DIY.)

the price of secondhand bits to replace in total i would expect in at well under 700 if you were able to source the lot in one go off one car from a breakers yard. you might even be lucky to source from a car with the same paint code (which will save even more pennies on the respray costs.)

(i know one specialist(chop shop that buys in ex-finance/auction reno's for stripping for parts (on ebay ) in central birmingham)
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