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I personally don't think they'll give a rats about the potential mechanical issues... Unless it's VERY obvious and can be proven to be directly caused by the accident, they'll wipe their hands of any future mechanical issues.
"Sorry, vehicle was running just fine when you collected it. Inspection report we had done prior to acceptance proves it."
I was under the impression though that bent chassis was automatically a write off? Could well be wrong though, not something I've ever looked into.
You get things on report that might be an issue, things you suspect but can't see until the vehicle is disassembled / repaired in this case.
Mech here can only really be checked after full repair, and vehicle is running again.
Visual inspection might pick up small things, like thermo clutch fan, water pump housing etc, but even those might not be visible when quoting with the radiator support pushed into the motor pretty well.
State transport dept regs and manufacturer recommended repair methods determine if a chassis can be repaired, also with or without heat.
Thats not good Les!
You would think that would easily be a write off with chassis damage
No mate not good, had $11k sunk into the motor top end rebuild and full trans HD rebuild, think this would have lasted me out ok, if not for this 2.5 seconds.
It could be a write off even without that chassis taken into account, but both are twisted at the front (at least), will find out soon if they are even allowed to repair them at all.
(Good to see you still here, how's your 79 going ? PM me.)
There is no way on earth a small hit like that will cause mechanical issues, in the past I have repaired cars that had twice that impact and drove them for years without issue.
Although a lot less tech but mechanics are still basically the same
Times have changed, vehicles now are a lot more susceptible, also changed a lot are repair methods and risk adversity.
I know both the shop it's in, and the shop (the insurers 'partner' repairer) they wanted to take it to for assessment, so will ask whoever quotes it to put a few things on report inc mechanicals (motor / trans, driveline) and of course front end / steering / suspension assembly.
Pretty sure they'd be doing that anyway . . . another way is to do an additional when other damage may become apparent, but for mechs I'd really like it to be on report, as only after repair will that even be apparent when running / drivable again.
This will be a big $ quote, last accident of any sort was a red kanga strike on front pax door (I was doing 25km/hr, lol) and that 2nd hand door shell with blend on rear door and guard was a bit over $3k !