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Old 01-28-2013, 04:48 PM   #1
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What will this cost to fix!?

So my friend borrowed my car and was driving along foreshore rd when a truck in the right lane decided to move into the left lane. Bastard truckie did a hit and run, and my friend didn't get the number plate because he was too busy trying to stop my car safely.

It's insured, but it'll take another week to get assessed. I'm hoping it's a write-off so I can upgrade without eating the depreciation, but I'm not sure :/

So, with that in mind, let's play a game. Who can get closest to the repair price, and will it be a write-off? It's insured for $12k. First prize gets cudos. My guess is about $3k and sadly not (those 325Ci's or E90 320i's look good...)

I've never had a crash or claim before, so I'm not sure how/what happens next and what it'll cost to fix. It looks like with the exception of the lights, the damage is all cosmetic or panel; the chassis looks straight to me.






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Old 01-28-2013, 06:25 PM   #2
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Old 01-28-2013, 06:36 PM   #3
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The car can only be a write-off only if the air bags have gone off or the chassis has been damaged / bent in. As for the damage of the car it will cost around 1.5k to 2k to fix. If you have full endurance on the car you can make an insurance claim.

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Old 01-28-2013, 08:14 PM   #4
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The car can only be a write-off only if the air bags have gone off or the chassis has been damaged / bent in. As for the damage of the car it will cost around 1.5k to 2k to fix. If you have full endurance on the car you can make an insurance claim.
Not true. Insurance companies will often write a vehicle off if the cost of the repairs + value of the wreck exceeds the insured amount. I.e. Vehicle is insured for 12k, cost to fix is 8k and they can get 6k for the wreck.

Also consider the labour costs of arranging repair, paying repairers, any hire car costs, etc. etc. vs sending a cheque.

Full endurance is also a new one...

In this case I'd say that the cost of repairs are pretty minor so I dare say they will fix it for you. Could be wrong though..
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Old 01-28-2013, 08:18 PM   #5
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Not true. Insurance companies will often write a vehicle off if the cost of the repairs + value of the wreck exceeds the insured amount. I.e. Vehicle is insured for 12k, cost to fix is 8k and they can get 6k for the wreck.

Also consider the labour costs of arranging repair, paying repairers, any hire car costs, etc. etc. vs sending a cheque.

Full endurance is also a new one...

In this case I'd say that the cost of repairs are pretty minor so I dare say they will fix it for you. Could be wrong though..
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Old 01-28-2013, 08:37 PM   #7
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Old 01-28-2013, 08:53 PM   #8
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I could see the cost of a respray of the metallic paint for half a car being 1/3 the insured value easily. But I was under the impression that they will write it off at about 1/3 to 1/2 the insured cost, but one of my mates just told me that they changed the repairable write-off rules so now the threshold is more like 80%. I hope that's not the case...
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I could see the cost of a respray of the metallic paint for half a car being 1/3 the insured value easily. But I was under the impression that they will write it off at about 1/3 to 1/2 the insured cost, but one of my mates just told me that they changed the repairable write-off rules so now the threshold is more like 80%. I hope that's not the case...
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Old 01-28-2013, 09:11 PM   #10
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NSW. I just checked the regulations:

"A vehicle is a 'total loss' when it's damaged value plus the cost of repairs is greater than its undamaged market value." All write-offs are statutory write-offs and it is illegal to re-register a car after being written off. Looks like I may be out of luck there

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NSW. I just checked the regulations:

"A vehicle is a 'total loss' when it's damaged value plus the cost of repairs is greater than its undamaged market value." All write-offs are statutory write-offs and it is illegal to re-register a car after being written off. Looks like I may be out of luck there
There's a difference between a 'Total Loss' and a 'statutory write-off' though..
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Old 01-28-2013, 11:02 PM   #12
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Doubt it'd be a writeoff TBH. From my experience: just a replaced front bumper, driver quarter panel, rear quarter panel doesn't look too bad so won't cost much, and a respray for the driver side of the car works out to be around 7-8k with labour roughly (****ing truck drivers).
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Old 01-28-2013, 11:52 PM   #13
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There's a difference between a 'Total Loss' and a 'statutory write-off' though..
They changed the law in Jan '11 in NSW. A write-off MUST be scrapped and can't ever be re-registered anywhere in Aus, so I think it is the same as a total-loss. The idea is to clamp down on rebirthing. There are exceptions for old/classic/rare/significant cars

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Old 01-29-2013, 12:19 AM   #14
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I would have gone postal on my mate if he did that to my car.
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Old 01-29-2013, 12:45 AM   #15
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Not sure if just making a joke at OP's name, but why?
Doesn't sound like it was his fault and it's not worth losing a friend over a material possession, especially one that's insured. It's not like he drifted it into a lamp post.

Repair cost estimate: $5k-7k depending on what sort of bodyshop you take it to
Voted: won't be written off
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Not sure if just making a joke at OP's name, but why?
Doesn't sound like it was his fault and it's not worth losing a friend over a material possession, especially one that's insured. It's not like he drifted it into a lamp post.

Repair cost estimate: $5k-7k depending on what sort of bodyshop you take it to
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Lose a friend over it lol. No way, it is a lifetime permit to give him **** about it for the rest of his life.
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Old 01-29-2013, 04:07 PM   #17
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Old 01-30-2013, 12:53 AM   #19
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Be careful how hard you push for it to be written off. With no proof that there was another party involved in the accident the insurance company might get a little suspicious.
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They changed the law in Jan '11 in NSW. A write-off MUST be scrapped and can't ever be re-registered anywhere in Aus, so I think it is the same as a total-loss. The idea is to clamp down on rebirthing. There are exceptions for old/classic/rare/significant cars
^This.

Had my '99 740iL written off last Dec. Got rear ended by a bus, and while the car was *perfectly* driveable (drove it home and took the other car to work), I got a quote for $16K just in panels alone, minus painting and labour. The bumper/beaver panel, rear offside light cluster, various bits of trim, battery, boot floor, all needed repair/replacement as well as a buckled C pillar. PDC sensors are a few hundred each from BMW. Mine was a bit worse than yours but I reckon you'd be looking at $10-12K all up.

Sorry to hear about that. Looking into any CCTV in the area? Would've thought Foreshore rd might have some cameras mounted high up near the Port entries/exits.
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