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#1628328 - 03/01/2019 17:31 Accident advice
AndyW Offline
Newbie

Registered: 29/01/2006
Posts: 24
Loc: Mallorca
New Years Eve and I'm stationary in a queue when the van in front decides to reverse into me , all in slomo and scrabbling for reverse gear myself , but couldn't avoid a right good thump on the bonnet.

I have a nasty feeling this is going to be an insurance write off due to lack of or cost of parts even though the the car is perfectly driveable

Been to bodyshop today who think with a lot of work they could straighten out the bonnet but a tricky job at best with all the compound curves and double skin

What are my options ? I'm guessing new bonnets not available anymore

Ideally need a bonnet, a pair of fog lights and a grill

Any suggestions welcome

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#1628329 - 03/01/2019 17:59 Re: Accident advice [Re: AndyW]
GrahamL Offline
Forum is my job

Registered: 17/12/2005
Posts: 3596
Loc: Pothole City
You can get a GRP bonnet and grille from AutoDS :

http://www.shop.autods.net/index.php

If you're quick the 15% discount coupon for Christmas "santaclaus2018" may even still work. smile

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#1628330 - 03/01/2019 19:11 Re: Accident advice [Re: AndyW]
Lee_k Offline
Club Member 1629
On a journey

Registered: 01/09/2017
Posts: 143
Loc: Staffordshire
Second hand bonnet - painted!

Is it on classic insurance with buy back etc?

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#1628336 - 03/01/2019 21:20 Re: Accident advice [Re: AndyW]
jonnyboy54321 Offline
Club member 1630
Making a profit

Registered: 22/08/2017
Posts: 201
Loc: Surrey
I may have some fog lights if you need them.

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#1628338 - 03/01/2019 21:48 Re: Accident advice [Re: AndyW]
acc67 Offline
Reaping the fruits

Registered: 14/04/2014
Posts: 56
Loc: norwich
Ebay uk has got sellers of grille/fog lamps and bonnet, also on fiat coupe group on Facebook there is a yellow 20v turbo being boken

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#1628340 - 03/01/2019 22:28 Re: Accident advice [Re: AndyW]
AndyW Offline
Newbie

Registered: 29/01/2006
Posts: 24
Loc: Mallorca
Thanks for all your help

That fibreglass bonnet looks pretty good and much lighter smile
Can anyone give any feedback on how well it fits etc?

Otherwise a second hand one seems more available than I thought although shipping a bit tricky to Mallorca

Anyway I have ongoing discussions with insurance company over next few days
Car is a daily driver but insurance only value it at €2300 now although good 20vt going for around €6000 now

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#1628358 - 04/01/2019 18:13 Re: Accident advice [Re: AndyW]
Gunzi Offline
Club Member 189
Forum is my life

Registered: 30/08/2007
Posts: 6879
Loc: Southsea
Get as many links to for sale as possible to confirm the value is higher and use those to argue with the insuarramce company.

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#1628365 - 04/01/2019 21:38 Re: Accident advice [Re: AndyW]
andyps Offline
Club member 1482
Enjoying the ride

Registered: 16/12/2005
Posts: 1151
Loc: Pontefract, West Yorkshire
Fibreglass bonnet is a good fit and replicates the original very well. Unless they knew I doubt anyone would notice the difference - very noticeable if you try to pick it up though!!

Hope it can be sorted.
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#1628440 - 07/01/2019 15:34 Re: Accident advice [Re: AndyW]
neil_r Offline
Enjoying the ride

Registered: 16/08/2007
Posts: 793
Loc: Germany
After similar damage, I ordered a painted fiberglass bonnet which looked excellently finished at first glance and looked like it would fit pretty well.

Actually however, the slight signs of damage on the packaging which we accepted as normal actually translates into fairly massive impacts, as the fiberglass gives a long way. This has cracked the paint finish or put "spiders" in the clear coat in many places. It needs repainting.

DHL ignored us and wanted the bonnet back to the post office but the post office said it was too big to handle! So we are stuck with a damaged bonnet. If you buy one of these, buy it unpainted as, the way they are packed, they can't survive the "cheap" handling by typical delivery companies.

We found a new, primed bonnet, so our "restoration" is now booked. Not really sure what to do with the fiberglass one though - maybe a base for a racing gaming setup smile

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#1628466 - 08/01/2019 16:32 Re: Accident advice [Re: AndyW]
AndyW Offline
Newbie

Registered: 29/01/2006
Posts: 24
Loc: Mallorca
Hoping to get a lump sum payout to cover repairs as this is outside the standard car repair programme

That suits me as I can then get on with a search for a bonnet etc - think I'll try for an original one first with fibreglass one a last resort

Has anyone tried to get new lights from Valeo - I'm going to try that too

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#1628467 - 08/01/2019 16:53 Re: Accident advice [Re: AndyW]
Master_Mariner Offline
Club member 583
Enjoying the ride

Registered: 16/09/2007
Posts: 462
Loc: Freedom
I suspect decent used lights are your most likely and cheapest options here.

Having said that someone may say differently.

Regards

MM

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#1628470 - 08/01/2019 19:45 Re: Accident advice [Re: AndyW]
jimboy Offline
Club member 857
Forum is my job

Registered: 18/03/2008
Posts: 4275
Loc: highlands
Brand new headlights are very rare in my experience. The few I came across were not in pairs either & expensive.
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I'm an old git & happy with it,most of the time

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#1628471 - 08/01/2019 19:57 Re: Accident advice [Re: AndyW]
magooagain Offline
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Registered: 22/10/2008
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Loc: ked
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#1628473 - 08/01/2019 20:57 Re: Accident advice [Re: AndyW]
jimboy Offline
Club member 857
Forum is my job

Registered: 18/03/2008
Posts: 4275
Loc: highlands
Holy shoot Joe, easy when you know the answer.... smile


Edited by jimboy (08/01/2019 20:59)
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#1628474 - 08/01/2019 21:00 Re: Accident advice [Re: AndyW]
GrahamL Offline
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Registered: 17/12/2005
Posts: 3596
Loc: Pothole City
Remember left and right hand drive lights are different internally so make sure you get the correct type.

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#1628479 - 09/01/2019 13:19 Re: Accident advice [Re: magooagain]
neil_r Offline
Enjoying the ride

Registered: 16/08/2007
Posts: 793
Loc: Germany


But they don't have any, right? Can't order them.

Most others are asking 600€ a side frown

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#1628489 - 09/01/2019 18:31 Re: Accident advice [Re: AndyW]
AndyW Offline
Newbie

Registered: 29/01/2006
Posts: 24
Loc: Mallorca
Sorry for confusion - meant new fog lights

New headlights would be nice too!

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