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Old 19-03-13, 07:12 PM   #1
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Hi all,

Gutted, I discovered this damage on my coupe today











I'm not exactly sure what to do about it, nobody has left a note, it clearly looks like a red car, I'm so angry that they've just buggered off without leaving anything.

I drove to work today oblivious because its on the passenger side but it must have happened last night, because at work i have a space next to a wall on that side and its protected, plus someone would have seen it and let me know.

can anyone who knows about bodywork give me an idea on the damage? the door looks shagged and the rear panel has taken damage too
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A decent body shop should be able to salvage the rear panel rather than replacing it but it is probably gonna be a new door.
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I'm gutted for you Matt.
Only thing i can think to say is report it to police and take it to a bodyshop (dont know whereabouts you are) see what the cost is gonna be then maybe call your insurance company if the cost is too great for you to pay yourself
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Thanks, will the police be able to do anything? no witnesses have come forward so its gonna be hard to trace the culprit

how much is body work likely to cost, a new door is gonna be pretty steep isnt it? I'm in Birmingham
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the way i understand it is if you have an accident and nobody is injured you must still report it to the police within 24 hours. now i know its a long shot but got to be worth a try, also whoever did this may have had other collisions in your area and the police will need to know to build a possible case against them.
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I'll get on and report it then, I've just found that my excess is 750!

what sort of figure would i be looking at for a decent body shop to fix this?
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Be prepared. They'll probably want to fit a door and quarter panel. We sold a new quarter panel for a 307cc lately and it was 2500 plus vat.

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I would be looking at sourcing a replacement door from a scrapyard or ebay. Even one the wrong colour could be repainted for a fraction of the price of a new door, preparing & painting then gutting the old door and fitting all the parts to the new one especially if you did all the prep work first. A good bodyshop would have the correct gear for pulling out the worst of the dent in the rear panel leaving some relatively minor cosmetic work to finish it off.

The problem with bodywork is that it is labour intensive and not something that can be rushed so even a simple ding cost a couple of hundred to put right. It's gonna cost plenty either way so even with a 750 excess, it may be worth going through the insurance which will require reporting to the police and obtaining an incident number.

How will a claim affect your no claims bonus ? You would have to factor in the increased premiums for the next 5 - 7 years and add that to your excess to truly see if you would save enough money in making a claim.

The only way you are going to get any real idea of cost is to get a bodyshop to give you an estimate.
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bare door PEUGEOT 407 COUPE BLACK N/S PASSENGER SIDE BARE DOOR SHELL / PANEL | eBay

there isn't many doors on ebay but they ones that are on are going for around the 200 mark
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