Z32 It's Sad Day for me and Z guys

Discussion in 'Non Technical' started by ADAMZX, Nov 15, 2021.

  1. ryzan

    ryzan Black Mesa? Fat chance...

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    There's a few things here. If the repair shop hasn't disassembled the car any further than the photos you've supplied then they are likely assuming worst case scenario. Likely replacing radiator, ac condenser, intake and everything in front & around it. For me, the deciding factor would be whether or not your chassis rails have been bent, or if the damage is purely cosmetic. Based on the photos I don't think you'd be able to tell this without pulling the front apart, but if the rails are straight then it wouldn't be an overly difficult repair.

    Do you have the option of taking it to another shop to have them quote the work? I would expect it to be a reasonable request to have 2-3 shops quote if you were to ask. If nothing more, I'd be asking to see an itemised quote of what they're proposing to do before making any decusions. If the 7k worth of parts includes pieces that don't really need to be replaced then that's a different story. I don't think you should be angry at the repair shop, they are a business and need to make a profit to survive. Not only that, if they try to cut corners then they're going to be on the hook for future rectification work or issues that arise which no decent business would want.

    Sorry but I'm going to be the one to call it out and say this is completely unacceptable. You seem remorseful about your actions so I will give you credit for that, but it doesn't excuse them. If an inanimate object like a car is going to make you act this way then maybe it's time to site down and have a long, hard think about whether to try and fix it or just cut your losses and move on.

    Which would you rather have - the car, or your family? Because acting like this only lets you keep one. Is any car worth this much emotional distress?
    Either way, time to man the fuck up and do whatever is necessary to make it up to them.
     
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  2. geron

    geron National Petroleum Equipm

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    what 'ryzan' said mate.
    Family is faaaaaaaar more important than a car. Seriously.
    Imagine if she divorces you, trust me it will be much, much, much more expensive and psychologically taxing than a car. Make it up to your family and apologize ASAP.

    Worst case, get another good Z down the track and transfer all the goodies to it, it will keep you busy for a bit.
    In the meantime, just get a cheap 'descent' daily and be happy, like most of us Z owners have done.
    Z for the occasional weekends only!
     
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  3. ADAMZX

    ADAMZX 2000spec Conversion

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    I 100% agree with you on everything you pointed out. From my what I could see when I took a good like at the car at the repair shop the impacted area look to have hit just above the month opening in the front bar and everything underneath looked fine. The reo bar absorbed most of the impact very well and I didnt see anything out of the ordinary while looking through the opening.

    When I mentioned to the repairer that the fenders were made metal, then all of sudden stated "well i might have to replace them as they might be buckelled" so I think your absolutely correct in assuming the repairer would cover his bases and just replace the whole front end which would push the repair costs through the roof as we saw.

    I also checked the radiator fan and I was able to freely spin it without issue but due to the placement of the fan shroud it was rubbing up against it at a certain point in the fans rotation. I honestly dont think the radiator, vicious fan and even condensor are damage at all but it was impossible to determine that without dismanteling the front end down more.

    At this point in time, I've been told the car is being assessed and its fate will be decided by the insurance company. I am just waiting to see what happens next. With the outcome I got from the first shop I doubt any others will provided anything different as they would all assume the worst unless they were to actually pull the front bar off and target just the damaged parts only and that would add money and time they probably wouldnt get reimbursted for so its hard to say.

    The shop I went to look very over worked with at least 12 cars crammed into a small sized workshop area and workers all over the place fixing multiple cars at once. My car was in a storage shed next door to the main workshop I saw which the guy said was the only available space they had left to store the ar at that time. Thier website stated they had over 40 years of expeirence in auto body repairs so from all of that information, i could imagine they were just not capable of putting the time and effort to fix my car when they knew it would take months to fix, depending on parts and they had plenty of other easy to fix cars that were much more finanically worth fixing in a much shorter timeframe then mine was.

    With all the stress I took on to try and help the repairer the first time around, I dont think its worth trying that again with another repair shop. Im just going to let shannons write the car off and try and get my car back if they let me. Ive already gone far beyond what i should have in regards to assisting the repair shop with parts and I dont want to go through all that again as it didnt help me get the result I wanted and get the car repaired,
     
  4. ADAMZX

    ADAMZX 2000spec Conversion

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    Update time everyone.

    So after 2 weeks of waiting, Shannons finally contacted me to discuss my repair claim and as I was expecting they have written the car off as an "None Ecomonical Write Off" due to the age of the vehicle and the difficultly in sourcing parts for the repairs.

    They then asked me if I wished to keep the car which I did accept and so they gave me a rundown of the deductions I would incurr to take that option which were the salvage cost of the car ($4k) + the amount remaining on my insurance policy with shannons I have left which was just under $900. So I get a total back of $8100 which I think is more then enough to cover the cost of repairs for the car and Ill be keep records of all the money I spend on the repair process so I dont go over budget if I can.

    They will now organise in the next few days to have the car towed to my Dad's place where ill begin the teardown process and repair of the car. Unfortunately with 3 weeks to xmas, I wont be able to start any progress on the car until after new years. By then I should have some free time to go down to my Dad's place and get started on my new build for the car.

    I aksed about what will happen to my rego of the vehicle now that the car is written off. The shannons rep told me the rego will be unaffected by the write off claim as the car is too old to go on a registery. She said I could still get the car roadworthy'd after its repaired to make sure it wont attract police attention in the future.
     
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  5. NI85

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    On a side note. If you haven't got the car back up and running by the time it needs to be registered again. To put the number plate on hold for a fee. Not sure if Victoria has that option, but it's what I did with my(standard content) number plate in N.S.W, until I was ready to use it again.
     
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  6. ADAMZX

    ADAMZX 2000spec Conversion

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    Thanks for the tip, i was just planning to continue to register the so it doesnt run out. If im lucky and things go my way i estiamte 6 monthish to have the car repair and back on the road. But it doesnt matter whether it takes 6 months or a year ill work on it slowly and do it right the first time.
     

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