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    Default How is this ever a cat C

    Now im no magician when it comes to cars but surely the whole rear end has shifted, boot floor would need a miracle and the see the crease in the rear pilar, surely its a B??

    http://copart.co.uk/c2/homeSearch.ht...SEARCH_RESULTS

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    I would not buy it. Would probably jig out ok but plenty of work on that car the way it is...


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    as said that will jig out without too much trouble, then its just a case of new 1/4 panel boot floor, rear panel and tailgate panel wise, however as its a nwer astra the shell will need to be mig brazed rather than mig welded due to using boron steel. done quite a few like that (you'd be surprised how bad a car will be and still repaired due to the age etc) just have a read of the cat A,B,C,and D descriptions - should clear it up a bit for you

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    As above will jig out easy enough

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    certainly looks like a B to me.. I have rebuilt Cs and Ds before but would not touch that with a barge poll

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    ^^^ Really? (not doubting that you have repaired c &d) most bodyshops repair damage of that extent most weeks? ive repaired much worse than that at work. like I say it goes on the value of the vehicle vs cost of repairs they generally get written off when the repairs reach 60% of the vehicles value

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    naturally i am not an insurance assessor or qualified to make that judgement in legal terms, its just an opinion.. Its looks way to stoved in to be a job worth doing.. I wouldm't touch it, i reckon there is far more damage than the pics give away.. I would prefer a C to have reasonable frontal and side/back damage and not so much damage concentrated in one area..

    I would not like to buy a car that has been pulled out as much as that needs and with welding/brazing all over its arse end, I have no doubt it can be done by somebody, but how can it be financially viable afterwards.. with it needing to be declared a C when sold and the decrease in value plus the higher insurance for any new owner its not a worthy proposition. Apart fromthe obvious new bumhole it has, that one looks like the rear quarters are damaged and pushed so far forward that rear passengers doors do not shut.. The rear passenger door is pushed forward preventing the drivers door from shutting properly.... nasty job... and its a five year old astra of no special spec, its an Elite but it has a TID, just reasonable milage.

    I think most cars over three years old in a hard crash are written off by insurance companies.. they write almost anything off thats why you can buy some very easy to fix C and D cars out there, but this one.. its fubar.
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    oh I totally agree its not worth doing if you plan to sell it on etc to make any sort of profit, the doors would shut fter the jigging session though (and theres no airbags to replace as they havnt gone off!!- whats scary is having repaired cars like this for national bodyshop chains, which go back on the road with all the welding etc and because they have not be written off that people will buy them without knowing the full extent of the damage etc whereas like you say you can get a cat c with a mild nudge at the front

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