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#1 nagrub

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Posted 11 September 2005 - 11:05 AM

Hello,

about a year ago, when i first started driving i got rear ended (no pun intended) by an un insured driver. He gave me his address and everything and it all got sent off to my insurance company to sort out. Anyway, long and short if it is, i'm left with a severely dented rear end to my mini. Now, there is no chance of getting any money fro the guy as obviosuly he has dissapeared off the face of the earth. (Obivously i didnt know he wasnt'nt insured at the time, whe he hit me) My insurance company (the nice folks they are) are not going to pay out a single penny to me, and have closed the case. lovely. (I'm only starting to get over my seething rage a year on. )

So, We went to a couple of garages to get a quote, one was 600 and one was 700 quid.
I've got a mate who's dad owns a garage, he said he would fix it up for 400 quid.

I dont know if i should just go for it, as with this dent in the back, my car has no value, I mean, I cant even open the boot, its forced shut. £400 is alot of money for an art student, really it is.

If you think of the work involved, new back pannel, new bootlid,new back bumper, possibly new parts- light fitting etc, removal of dented messed up back, replacement of back pannel, welding, respray, transfer of salvagable old parts/addition of new parts.

So what should I do forumites. I hav'nt actually been to a mini specialist yet, as i've never really considered getting it done, as i never had anywhere near enough money.
I'l attatch some pictures, they ar'nt very clear, but it should give you an idea. the back is pretty much flat rather than curved.

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Posted 11 September 2005 - 11:06 AM

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Posted 11 September 2005 - 11:07 AM

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Posted 11 September 2005 - 11:08 AM

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Posted 11 September 2005 - 11:08 AM

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#6 Leonard

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Posted 11 September 2005 - 11:21 AM

hello mate. it looks in the pictures like only the bootlid is damaged. in which case get a secondhand on from a scrappy, and respray it. even better get one of the right colour. are there any other panels damaged?

#7 nagrub

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Posted 11 September 2005 - 11:23 AM

its not just the bootlid.

its the bottom, of the pannel, under the lid if you imagine. its dented across. the bumper should curve, but its flat into the car. Its starting to rust under the boot lid aswell.
I do have a new bootlid I got from a show a while ago, its a big union jack. I dont know whether I would fit it, It might just look really out of place.

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Posted 11 September 2005 - 05:25 PM

It depends if it has affected the boot floor

You may get away with a new hinge panel,bumper and as you say boot lid.

But without seeing in the boot its self it is hard to tell

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Posted 11 September 2005 - 07:03 PM

This looks fairly straight forward to fix, but will deffinately involve welding. It looks like the only damage will be to the hinge panel, Rear boot floor, valance, boot lid and bumper. To fix this right, i would cut out the whole rear section from the side seams with everything below the rear wind screen and replace it with new. I'm going to do this on mine as its full of rot, around april next year, before the next MOT.

Links to the panels you will need. Oh and these are the genuine items where possable as I don't like the quality of the pattern panels though are much cheeper. Choice is yours but the fit is nowhere as good. Genuine panels are more of a 'like for like' rather than 'its near enough'. ( No prefference to mini spares, just easy to find a picture)

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Right hand valance closer

Left hand valance closer

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Posted 11 September 2005 - 07:19 PM

Oh and by the age of the car don't be surprised to find rot, it may be worthwhile doing the whole boot floor section including the heel board. But that is a very involved job. Only saying this as the A reg mayfair I had could have done with it :sad:

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Posted 12 September 2005 - 06:19 PM

easy fix just give the rear panel a pull and a boot lid sorted, 600quid should cover it

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Posted 12 September 2005 - 07:21 PM

I was going to say the same. It cant be that bad as the rear window hasnt been damaged. My dad knows a top notch panel beater (he can make panels by hand) and he used to have a dirty great bar in the middle of his workshop which he used to pull cars back in to shape with.(He's propper oldskool) All the car needs is a good pull like minidaves says. If it hasnt touched the subframe then the car is obviously straight so structually it should be sound.

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Posted 13 September 2005 - 05:34 PM

well, thanks for all the replies.

I have decided to go the cheap way and just try to pull out the dent in the pannel. I dont think it has effected the bottom of the boot. I've got new parts all round so i'l try to sort it this weekend. I just started a new college course so things are a little, ummm, mad. chrome all round! It should be okay, a small dne twill probably remain, but its all character building right? even so, i am now officaicially a poor art student and i have just joined the ranks of the scum of the earth. so 400 quid, basically all he money i have in the world it a tad much. Anyway, obviously i'l post pics of the new one when i get it on there, so you can all judge me and umm and ahh.

oh on a side note, Mini Sprocket, are you the same guy who posts on b3ta? or did you get get the avatar from there?




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