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Body repairs and panel replacement

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Some of the things our techs are good at are panel beating and panel replacement.
For example here is a Tiguan we had done this week:
The car has had a side damage while parked a few weeks ago when it was snowing.
Unfortunately the person that crashed into the car has drove off so our customer has chosen to pay for the repairs instead of claiming thru his insurance which has sky rocketed the last few years anyway.
The biggest problem was not the doors but the outer skin of the kick panel was badly damaged.Unfortunately this could have not be straightened or filled so we had to replace the panel to make the doors close nicely.
We have found a VW breaker which allowed us to cut the needed panel from his car and buy doors and wing in the same colour.
Our technicians have cut the panel in places,took the welding spots out and removed the damaged one,then after test fitted the good one for about 126 times it was finally welded in place and doors fitted for test making sure everything fits nice and smooth.
Finally sealant has been applied in all factory joints and now the interior kick plate will be primed and painted then all the interior,doors and panels refitted and painted from outside,wash,quick buff and ready to go.
Mechanically the vehicle also needed a shock absorber,and a wishbone plus the wheel painting but we have bought a suspension leg from the same breaker to keep the costs as low as possibble for the customer
The cost of this job was £2800 including all parts and labour and all though not an RX8 i have posted this here just for you guys to know that we can cater for everything from a bumper corner to a full respray.
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I'm assuming, had the owner gone through his insurance, or the 3rd parties insurance, that they would have costed based on all new body panels and the car would have been written-off.

Looking at the damage, he was very lucky that the roof skin wasn't creased, or the windscreen frame distorted, as they would have introduced another world of pain.

Hopefully there won't be too many customers from here needing that sort of work but it's reassuring to know what can be done, with a pragmatic approach, and the necessary skills and equipment.
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warpc0il wrote:
Sat Feb 10, 2024 4:22 pm
I'm assuming, had the owner gone through his insurance, or the 3rd parties insurance, that they would have costed based on all new body panels and the car would have been written-off.
Looking at the damage, he was very lucky that the roof skin wasn't creased, or the windscreen frame distorted, as they would have introduced another world of pain.

Hopefully there won't be too many customers from here needing that sort of work but it's reassuring to know what can be done, with a pragmatic approach, and the necessary skills and equipment.
As an unwritten rule any car older than 5 years with a damage on a panel that does not bolt on will be written off.
The insurers make massive profits by auctioning the cars as people pay over the odds for them,in some cases car sells for more than the payout.
There was no third party insurance as it was a hit and run while the car was parked.
The damage was low down so all though it was a big damage it was perfectly repairable without compromising the vehicle's structure or safety.
The car is on finance so payout would have gone to the finance company therefore would have left the customer with no replacement,no money,having to look for another car to finance it at todays rates which are extortionate and a claim on his insurance which is expensive as it is therefore this was the most viable way for him.
Also he did recently spent good money on cambelts,dsg service,diff oil,haldex oil,brakes,brake fluid and so on,money which he would have had to spend on his next purchase.
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