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There I was quietly minding my own business when a Red Honda runs into the back of my Evora!

 

Absolutely gutted, rear Clam smashed, Rear diffuser smashed and exhaust looks like it is bent. Fortunately it looks like that is it, but until we get her on the Jacks and can check under the car won't know.

 

Chap who hit me was absolutely devastated, kept saying " I don't believe it, I can't believe I have hit such a beautiful car".

 

Have to say so far E-Sure have been really good, waived excess, confirmed that it won't affect no claims, said for this type of car we aren't going to give you a normal courtesy car, we'll give you something more akin to your car. I suspect his Insurance company are going to be taken to the cleaners. 

 

Just devastated, my poor car.  :cry:

 

 

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Sorry to hear this.

 

I hope the process goes well and everything get sorted quickly

 

Buddsy

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Sorry to hear and I hope you are ok, but I'm sure she'll be ok after she's been to the car hospital.

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Hope you're ok and the car is fixed up soon

 

Meanwhile even if your not hurt stand by to start receiving calls from the ambulance chasers telling you that you have whiplash and how you should get a few grand for a 15 min visit to the Doctors and signing on the dotted line..

Edited by Bazza 907

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Yep had a least 15 calls over 3 months from solicitors trying to convine me I had whiplash and my wife hust her back, one even insisted that it was my duty to claim to teach careless drivers to be more observant. Then they wonder why insurance cost go through the roof.

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Sorry to hear! 

 

Remember you are legally permitted to take the car to any bodyshop you like, don't accept them taking it to Fred in a Shed 'round the corner, insist on a Lotus Approved Repairer.

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Unlucky, a long as you're ok its just bits of a car that can be replaced. I always loved my cars but whenever they got damaged I always just saw it as fitting a few new parts and then off i went again.

 

I can also imagine the other driver cringing that he hit a car like that. I almost feel a bit sorry for him  :D

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Isn't the evora tub sectional so that if the rear section is damaged, a new one can be bolted on?

 

I hope it doesn't come to that, but I thought that was one of the clever things about this chassis?

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Except taking of the rear section is probably a huge task because about 80% of the car needs to be taken out/off but Bibs probably has more details on that.

 

I hope nothing ever happens to me because I can see it coming that the insurance company will try to squeeze me as much as possible even if it was not my fault. That is one of the reasons I have a dash cam installed in my car.

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Dash cams are a double edged sword. Unless you are always going to drive everywhere by the rule book!

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Mine happens to not record the speed. Otherwise I always obey the rule book.

 

I tried to weigh up the advantages/disadvantages and I am aware that the film material can (would) be used against me.

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I can put you in touch with a Lotus Approved Repairer if you like Tris, there's one that's offering TLF'ers £150 off their excess right now too... 

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Thanks for all your kind words guys.
 
Fingers crossed the damage isn't to extensive, biggest worry is the Exhaust at the moment, its off center by a couple of inches.
 
Rear Clam is a right mess, 2 foot crack from the Licence plate, and 1 foot crack right below it. Rear Diffuser is cracked, buckled and looks like it has been pulled off its mountings on the passenger side. Just hoping there is nothing hidden away.
 
E-sure have been remarkably efficient, recovery lorry coming to collect from my office, repairers all lined up for next week, E-Sure are waiving my excess all together, can't really argue with that and they've agreed to allow my local Lotus garage to sign off on the work. Can't ask for much more.
 
Courtesy car will be delivered to my home tomorrow morning. They said they felt the Courtesy car should be a near equivalent, so they've lined me up with a Porsche Cayman. Which came as a bit of a surprise, should make an interesting comparison.
 
Have a feeling that the other guy is going to struggle to get his policy renewed next year.
 
Been a weird 24 hours, was coming down the M5 yesterday when a Van's engine let go, showering the car in oil! That took a bit of cleaning up. Hopefully nothing else is going to happen.
 
Hadn't exactly planned for going home on the back of a recovery lorry...
 
Tris...

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Sorry to hear about the knock.

 

All credit to esure. It sounds like they're doing a great job under the circumstances.

Edited by BillTheButcher

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Good luck with the repair, hope it's not off the road for too long.

What is a dash cam, well I know it's a camera in/on the dash. Is this something that you put on or is it more akin to the insurance black box type thing? I like the idea of a dash cam, as long as I have the delete button :-)

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Really sorry to hear, hopefully will be sorted quickly.

Yep had a least 15 calls over 3 months from solicitors trying to convine me I had whiplash and my wife hust her back, one even insisted that it was my duty to claim to teach careless drivers to be more observant. Then they wonder why insurance cost go through the roof.

This situation should have improved now due to recent law change banning referral fees and claim farming. Can't remember the name of the piece of legislation at the moment though.

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Bad luck, but enjoy the Cayman, they are good cars.

Not knowing age of your car or miles etc, if it's a manual , with the rear clam off does it represent an opportunity to get clutch replaced at a much lower price (if needed of course) ?

Also chance to replace exhaust with sportier one ?

Dave

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Really sorry to hear, hopefully will be sorted quickly.

This situation should have improved now due to recent law change banning referral fees and claim farming. Can't remember the name of the piece of legislation at the moment though.

 

It was nicknamed "LASPO" and it should have saved insurers lots of money but in reality they've just competed any financial savings away.  

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This is so odd to me.  I am an Attorney (Solicitor in Britspeak) and even though our common law system is based upon yours it violates our ethical rules to contact accident victims directly.  Perhaps that is why legal advertising is so prolific over here since you are not allowed to contact them and instead must convince them to contact you.  I only do defense work so it matters not to me.

 

Really sorry to hear, hopefully will be sorted quickly.



This situation should have improved now due to recent law change banning referral fees and claim farming. Can't remember the name of the piece of legislation at the moment though.

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Very sorry to hear this. My advice below is a bit scary and nobody likes to talk about the full extent of what this sort of thing can do to your car and it's value, so I apologise if this hurts a bit. It is just a car and will be fixed, most importantly your ok! ;-)

The bill for this will be literally thousands, depending on how hard maybe even a five fig sum as I'd bet that rear section will have some form of crumple zone that took some of the impact out of your neck!

At least the guy that did this to you has insurance and isn't contesting it. Somebody did this to me once in my old Alfa Sprint.. Guy apologised and said what a beautiful car I had and that he'd pay for everything. Took the car to Alfa sent him the bill and he told his insurance company that he was standstill and I reversed into him... :-O

My advice would be to contact BIBS and find out through him if it's possible the car goes straight to HQ to be fixed.. You never know they might!

Sounds extreme but if is fixed by Lotus with documentation to say it's as good as new and has been checked by their engineers then this all goes away, but if it's by some generic center who claims they are Lotus approved but doesn't have a Lotus flag flying outside their garage then maybe the problems will continue! I'm ultra fussy though!!

It could effect the value of your motor if the damage is bad enough that you have to declare it when and if you ever sell it so make sure you use your legal right and choose a garage recommended on here by Bibs! A decent garage won't just paint the bumper area, they will blend it into the rear wings etc otherwise it might look odd depending on age and colour.

Good luck, hope it gets sorted!

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I'd hope it's gone to Murrays who will do an excellent job. I've sent several cars to the factory in the past and they've done a great job too, they're always happy to help :)

 

The thing to avoid is it going to the insurer's approved repairer who will be cheap and shit! 

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Based on what I have seen to date, I have been pleasantly surprised by how efficient and professional E-Sure and the associated companies have been.

 

While the selected repair company isn't a Lotus specialist, they are well qualified and regarded. (One of the advantages of working for one of the largest Vehicle Recovery companies in the UK, is being able to check up on these things).

 

I work in Bristol but my home is on the South Coast, the repairers sent a lorry from a reputable company in Hampshire to Bristol to collect me and the car. I was dropped to my door, and 'Ethel' was taken to the repair company.

 

At 09:00 on the dot this morning, a virtually brand new Cayman (2.7L) was delivered to my door on a flat bed. The driver was extremely professional, and when he discovered, to his horror, that part of the paper work was missing, it was his boss who brought the missing document to my house.

 

Given all of the bad reports you get about insurance companies, I have been amazed about how well this has been handled.

 

I do of course reserve the right to change my mind, but so far it has been a trouble free experience.

 

On an entirely different note, I took the Cayman for a thrash this afternoon, around the same roads I've blasted around with 'Ethel'.

 

Have to say, despite what the motoring press may have said, it was a disappointment. Compared to the Evora, the steering is vague, the ride seems to amplify even the smallest bump in the road and in the wet the car feels skittish. Only bit of the Cayman which beats the Evora, is the gear shift, which is sublime in comparison. Was really surprised that the Cayman doesn't even have a Hands free system as standard.

 

I was vaguely concerned that driving the Cayman might make me question buying an Evora, in truth it has confirmed, for me, the Evora is one of the best cars of its type, and just so much fun to drive. Who cares about the odd rattle, the dodgy Alpine head unit, and clunky gear box when it handles, drives and sounds the way it does.

 

Just counting the time before 'Ethel' comes home.

 

Tris...

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