Update on my accident.
The quote I got fromt the acessor came to E764. It was thourough and itemised, the headlight anlone was E230!! When I told the guy the price he freaked. Asked me would i come to a garage where he knows someone so he could look at it cos he would get it fixed cheaper. My being the nice lady I am agreed. So got the boyfriend in tow and headed out to where the accident was to meet the guy. He turned up in a car with another man, said we could follow them to the place. Took about 10 mins to get to this 'garage'. It was in the countryside and was basicaly a barn at the back of a house. The two guys were eastern european. I show him the estimate i have. He's having none of it. Says he can buy a headlight for E120.
Eventually another car pulls up with 2 more of these foriegn lads. The mechanic chap looks at the car, looks at the estimate, they talk to each other in their language. Seems as if the mechanic is saying to the other guy that yea, the work itemised on the estimate is correct.
So the guy that hit me says i have to leave the car there so the mechanic can have a proper look and then he'll tell me a day to bring it down during the week to get it fixed. Now, im about 30 kms from my house at this stage. I explain that i aint taking a day off work and having to get someone else to bring me or get a taxi that far across the county to get my car sorted.
Another car pulls into this barnyard. Two more of these lads get out.
I start getting really annoyed at this stage. I tell him to give me E400 and ill sort it through a backyard job myself. He wont give me that cos says his guy will fix everything for him for 270 inc parts. says he'll give me 250. im having enough and i say no, ill just sort it out with the gardai. he says ok he'll give me 300. I talk it over with my other half but i still dont think ill get it fixed for that price. But then there is only the two of us there, in the middle of nowhere with 6 Romanian guys around us. I say fine, give me 300. he says he has to go to the banklink!! We drive back to the shopping centre where it happens, he goes gets the money, hands me E250. Im like WTF!! I give it back and say no. He reluctantly takes out another 50 and has the neck to tell me not to contact him again or his insurance.
So I couldnt afford to get a new original alfa headlight, so got one from a breaker. Cost me E320 to get it fixed including parts. My mechanic said that the towbar bent some bar that sits behind the bumper though and if anyone takes it off they'll know the car has been hit.
Its fixed now. I suppose at least i got an original headlight for it but its casing is more off colour than my other one. It was such a pain in the bum to say the least.