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    • sasparillo
    • By sasparillo 27th Jul 18, 4:29 PM
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    Reasonable Cost For Fitting Tailgate And Tail Light?
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    • 27th Jul 18, 4:29 PM
    Reasonable Cost For Fitting Tailgate And Tail Light? 27th Jul 18 at 4:29 PM
    Involved in a collision and settled with the driver outside insurance.

    My car is an automatic 3 door hatchback, old but low mileage and with current MOT and mechanically very sound. The back windscreen is blown out, the left hand side of the tailgate is badly dented and the boot will not unlock and the n/s tail light outer casing is shattered but the bulb works. The bumper and side of the car is fine.

    I have sourced a tailgate with window and tail light. What might be a reasonable cost for fitting the tailgate and tail light? Also what might the cost of respraying be? I appreciate it will be a ballpark figure and not exact.
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    • caprikid1
    • By caprikid1 27th Jul 18, 5:32 PM
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    • 27th Jul 18, 5:32 PM
    impossible to say, depends on where you take it and the level of damage. I struggle to see that the bumper is not affected and or something else if it is not locking correctly.


    Drive it around and get some quotes, you have not said the make and model of the car but I would be budgeting £500 - £1000 personally. I think standard price to spray a panel is c£400.
    • sasparillo
    • By sasparillo 27th Jul 18, 5:39 PM
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    • 27th Jul 18, 5:39 PM
    Thanks. It hit the spare wheel on the back of a 4x4, hence the damage is all above the bumper. But it is very dented on the left up to the middle of the car with the left side of the number plate also dented. So the bumper is ok but the boot tailgate is warped around the lock.

    PS I should say, even though it still runs well, I canít drive it around in its present condition!
    Last edited by sasparillo; 27-07-2018 at 5:56 PM.
    • AdrianC
    • By AdrianC 27th Jul 18, 6:00 PM
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    • 27th Jul 18, 6:00 PM
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    • 27th Jul 18, 6:00 PM
    Just fitting the tailgate and light might be less than half an hour's work, if there's no adjustment of hinges or strikers required, everything removes and reconnects smoothly, and the wiring just connects straight up and works.


    Painting it... Hold on, let me just measure this piece of string...
    Metallic or solid? Clearcoat or not? Faded (sure...?)? How good a match do you want? Any blending in around it? How much prep on both the tailgate and the bits to be blended? Do you want every fitting removed before paint, or are you happy for them to be masked-around? What part of the country are you?


    It'd be a lot simpler just to find a tailgate the right colour to start with.
    • sasparillo
    • By sasparillo 27th Jul 18, 6:34 PM
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    • 27th Jul 18, 6:34 PM
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    • 27th Jul 18, 6:34 PM
    Hi,

    Um, this is a hatchback from - er - 1996. But low mileage, one owner from new. I may look for another car eventually but if it can be fixed, I prefer to have plenty of time for that. I may have matched the colour - the scrapyard says silver, the official colour of my car is !!!8220;grey!!!8221; I am not too fussed about but it would be nice to have a match of course. I think it should be straightforward but I am learning about these matters as I go along ...
    Last edited by sasparillo; 27-07-2018 at 6:50 PM.
    • AdrianC
    • By AdrianC 27th Jul 18, 6:45 PM
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    • 27th Jul 18, 6:45 PM
    Um, this is a hatchback from - er - 1996.
    Originally posted by sasparillo
    <shrug> Yes, and?


    The newest vehicle I own is 1997...


    So what is it?
    • sasparillo
    • By sasparillo 27th Jul 18, 6:49 PM
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    Car
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    • 27th Jul 18, 6:49 PM
    Vauxhall Corsa 3 door
    • AdrianC
    • By AdrianC 27th Jul 18, 6:56 PM
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    • 27th Jul 18, 6:56 PM
    Vauxhall Corsa 3 door
    Originally posted by sasparillo
    Shouldn't be too hard to find, then. I thought it was going to be something oddball...


    "Corsa B" is the magic phrase you're asking the breaker networks/eBay for. Find the colour code on the car, too, so you get the right shade.

    Five door is a different rear roofline to three door on those, so you definitely need a 3dr tailgate.
    • sasparillo
    • By sasparillo 27th Jul 18, 8:51 PM
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    • 27th Jul 18, 8:51 PM
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    • 27th Jul 18, 8:51 PM
    It has not been so easy. I have found a silver one and a tail light for a 3 door. But finding one nearby was impossible and then I had to find someone who had the right one and could deliver. Maybe I was unlucky but it took a lot of searching over a few weeks. As you rightly say the B version is the one. I am having trouble finding the colour code on either the driver or the passenger side. Believe me, I know I am a klutz about this but this is the first time I have had to do this and I need to get the car up and running asap. So I greatly appreciate any help and advice offered by you and the others on this thread! !!!!
    Last edited by sasparillo; 27-07-2018 at 8:53 PM.
    • molerat
    • By molerat 27th Jul 18, 8:56 PM
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    https://www.vauxhall-accessories.com/how-to-find-my-vauxhall-paint-code
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    • Tarambor
    • By Tarambor 28th Jul 18, 4:05 PM
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    I got rear ended once in an Astra, similar damage although the rear window hadn't blown out. Once I opened the hatchback I couldn't close it again because other damage ended up being revealed, in this case that the rear quarter panel had become twisted bending it in and altering the shape of the hole the tailgate sat in. Got it straight with the help of some power jacks at a friend's body shop but it highlights that what you can see isn't always the sum total.

    You may find that whilst you think the side of the car hasn't been damaged it actually has been and you may find that out once you can finally open the hatchback.

    Very silly to not go through insurance and settle the damage when you're not sure of the sum total of damage done.
    • westernpromise
    • By westernpromise 28th Jul 18, 9:04 PM
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    Rule of thumb: if it's an Audi, actual cost x 100 or so. Think how impressed strangers will be by you, your car and your image.

    If it's not some Nazi staff car, then see previous replies.
    Buying a house, if you believe the market has a way to fall, or if you are paying sill asking prices ( like some sheeple ) or if you are buying in London, is now a massive financial gamble!!!!! - June 8, 2012 by TheCountOfNowhere
    • Mercdriver
    • By Mercdriver 28th Jul 18, 9:53 PM
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    Rule of thumb: if it's an Audi, actual cost x 100 or so. Think how impressed strangers will be by you, your car and your image.

    If it's not some Nazi staff car, then see previous replies.
    Originally posted by westernpromise
    Give it a rest.
    • treboeth
    • By treboeth 28th Jul 18, 11:22 PM
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    Rule of thumb: if it's an Audi, actual cost x 100 or so. Think how impressed strangers will be by you, your car and your image.

    If it's not some Nazi staff car, then see previous replies.
    Originally posted by westernpromise
    what made you so bitter about Audi owners?
    Was it the husband/wife/dog/cat thing or did one pinch your favourite parking space?
    • sasparillo
    • By sasparillo 29th Jul 18, 3:28 PM
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    Car
    It was an accident but the liability is on my side and the car is too old in any case to be anything else but an insurance write off even though mechanically it is in excellent condition.

    The other guy was more than reasonable and his car had only minor damage, hence a low cost settlement. Itís a matter for me of weighing up the pros and cons of a car owned from new with no defects and low mileage or looking for another second hand car. I may well look for another car but I want time to do it and this car is fine apart from the bodywork.

    Yep, you are all gradually teasing the story out of me ....
    • sasparillo
    • By sasparillo 9th Aug 18, 6:35 PM
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    End of the story ...
    Just to say I managed to get the car the roadworthy again. I sourced a tailgate through an algorithm on the internet (silver rather grey but an almost-match). Through the recommendation of someone at a workshop which didn't fit tailgates itself, I found a decent chap who fitted the tailgate for £200. A fuse and connection also seemed to have blown/popped out leaving the left side light and headlight, digital display and radio unusuable. However he put me in touch with a automotive electrician who fixed it for £80. Both commented for an old car without power steering, it is in great condition, so I feel I've got away relatively lightly with only the plastic cover above the wheel hub inside the boot beyond repair (anybody know what the technical name for it is - just in case I can do something about it?). Thanks for your answers as it gave me confidence in an area I feel distinctly inexperienced about, although I am thankful to have found two people who understood what was needed and why and did a good job.
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