How expensive are Renaults to fix?
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    How expensive are Renaults to fix?

    Just scanning through Pickles Auctions when I came across this.
    It appears to have been "kerbed" but is up for sale in a "Damaged Vehicle" auction. How come? There is also a rear end shot that shows the assend untouched; why would they write it off? Is it that the panel beaters are quoting their way out of business, are the Renaults so expensive to fix that they just write them off as a matter of course or are they pulling such good prices at auction that it's not worth the bother of repairing them? deal deal

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    Looks to me like that right front wheel is tucked under a little... is there perhaps suspension damage, or even a bent rail in there?

    Do Renaults have 'rails'?

    Anyway, I'd look under the skin before I made any wild bids. Though it does look like it might be a bargain if you know where to get a cheap front bumper.

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    That wheel is definantly tucked under. You may be lucky and get away with a wishbone, but if the rail is bent, it gets exspensive - whole front dismatled, drivetrain out, jigs etc.
    Looks like its been slammed into a gutter hard.
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    IMO the insurance industry has been writing off R19s quite easily for much of their model life, as I've seen many through the auctions with minimal damage for years. I've assumed parts prices must be bad.
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    It's not the parts prices thats the problem, it's the availability. 19's have had a parts supply problem from day one (thanks to Volvo) and insurance companies are obliged to resolve claims ASAP. Alot of cars were "written off" because the parts were going to take to long to get here and the clients wern't prepared to wait.

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    David Cavanagh:
    It's not the parts prices thats the problem, it's the availability. 19's have had a parts supply problem from day one (thanks to Volvo) and insurance companies are obliged to resolve claims ASAP. Alot of cars were "written off" because the parts were going to take to long to get here and the clients wern't prepared to wait.

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    Tell you what David, if anyone could access bits from overseas or local wreckers, that would have to make them real good buying unless of course the wreckers are aware of this & charging accordingly which means the wrecks aren't cheap nor are the parts.
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    Originally posted by Alan S

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    Tell you what David, if anyone could access bits from overseas or local wreckers, that would have to make them real good buying unless of course the wreckers are aware of this & charging accordingly which means the wrecks aren't cheap nor are the parts.
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    Alan S[/QB][/QUOTE]

    Well, your almost right Alan, they are good buying and S/H parts are not expensive at all. To import panels from OS is very expensive as the freight charges are huge. (Panels take up such a huge area and weigh nothing so they charge by the cubic meter).
    The wreckers don't really want them because parts demand is small compared to say a 405 of the same year, any wrecker would rather fill his yard up with 405's and 306's instead of R19's and BX's. So at the end of the day, a 19 (or a BX for that matter) is excellent value for money and no more expensive than a Pug if you know where to shop and are prepared to wait

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    In my own personal experience when my 19 was smashed into by a nutcase in a falcon the passenger side was damaged. The blinker was smashed and the head light damaged.(see parts for sale).
    The total cost was into the thousands including labour.
    Also when I bought my car there was a slight dent on the rear and when i had it assesed to be fixed it was into the thousands. They had to replace the rear bumper bar altogether which I thought was excessive.
    I had no issues with the parts though i took the car in the morning to be fixed & the guy ordered the parts and had them by afternoon...so i dont know but that car in the photo looks really good unless there is underbody damage. 2_cents

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