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Julian Lord
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She almost died

I have not been on this site for a few months as my bella was involved in a nasty accident.

I do not know exactly what happened that night but I woke one morning to find the house strangely empty. I looked high and low but no sign. I made all the usual phone calls and eventually found out that she had been in a late night incident with a taxi and had been incapacitated, hauled off to the repairers whilst I slept oblivious.

I will never know exactly how bad her injuries were as the details are being kept from me in a conspiracy between the insurers and my wife, who was driving, probably afraid of a claim for nervous shock.

All I know is the list of parts indicate a moderate front left mounting of a kerb. A monster kerb, not your usual little kerb.

As usual in Thailand repairs started immediately and two months later she is back.

But not before I have personally paid 77,000 Baht (2,000 Euro) to get part of the Selespeed replaced at the local Alfa dealer (specialist work the body shop was unqualified to deal with). Goodness only knows how much all the panels and suspension parts cost or the new tyre (massive bulge in sidewall) as the insurers settle directly but we could be looking at 6,000 Euro on a 900 Euro policy.

Happy to report she is like a new lady and I have not let her out of my sight for the last two weeks. Despite a small amount of "orange peel" in the paint on the top of the new wing she is just as gorgeous as before.

More importantly despite a hard knock to the suspension the body shop has regained the alignment and she drives very well. No vibration, no wandering, no crabbing etc.

When I read of other owners whose bella has been traumatised by a pothole or a speed bump I can only conclude how lucky I have been.

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