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I bought my 159 SW two years ago in November. It came with a pretty comprehensive Alfa service history and around 80k.

Two weeks ago after many high cost mechanical issues the fitting of a new steering rack,was what I hoped, would be the end of encountering just about every known fault of 159 2.4s. I thought I'd finally got the car as near perfect as a 6 year old car could be. Throughout all the woes the one thing that had kept me upbeat was the immaculate and undamaged bodywork.

Last night here in SW France the area I live in was hit by a hail storm of biblical proportions. They were mostly bigger than golf ball size. My roof and bonnet now look like they have been have been attacked by a small child with a small mallet. Every other panel and all four doors and the boot have at least three dents too, some many more. There are probably more than 50 small dents on the car in total.

I can't see anything but any insurance write off and I am not going to get anywhere near the amount of money I have invested in this car and I'm not sure that I can even consider starting again with another 2nd hand 159.

For the money I am likely to be offered I cannot think of a single other estate car that I actually fancy owning
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Just been out and had a quick check and there are over 130 dents in total and that is without actually looking too thoroughly.....
 

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Ask them what exactly?
"I can't see anything but any insurance write off and I am not going to get anywhere near the amount of money I have invested in this car and I'm not sure that I can even consider starting again with another 2nd hand 159.

For the money I am likely to be offered I cannot think of a single other estate car that I actually fancy owning"

They will answer that question, either tell them to fix your car or give enough for another 159. You payed money for your insurance so you better get something out of it.
 

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"I can't see anything but any insurance write off and I am not going to get anywhere near the amount of money I have invested in this car and I'm not sure that I can even consider starting again with another 2nd hand 159.

For the money I am likely to be offered I cannot think of a single other estate car that I actually fancy owning"

They will answer that question, either tell them to fix your car or give enough for another 159. You payed money for your insurance so you better get something out of it.
Never had a car written off but my understanding is that insurance companies give you the bare minimum a car is worth according to car valuation guides. As a guess I'd reckon the car is worth a maximum of 10,000 euros but that will not enable me to buy a car that had a totally new engine 10,000 kilometres ago as well as new turbo, oil radiators, radiator and a number of other known 159 problems sorted within the last year.

I'm sure, if they write the car off I'll get enough to buy another 159 but it is very very unlikely I'll find one in anywhere near close to the condition that this one was yesterday morning for the money they'll pay me.

I have been looking at various companies who remove hail dents with dry ice and a couple of other methods.

Going to speak to the insurance company tomorrow morning and see what happens. I actually have no idea what the outcome will be but I have nasty feeling they will want to write the car off and it's all pretty depressing given how much I've spent on getting this car up together.
 

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It won't be written off IMO. I've seen this before - would you believe there are hailstone repair specialists that do batch work for insurers. There can be thousands of damaged vehicles in an area after a storm.
 

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It won't be written off IMO. I've seen this before - would you believe there are hailstone repair specialists that do batch work for insurers. There can be thousands of damaged vehicles in an area after a storm.
I've been reading about these companies online and it does give me hope :thumbs:
 

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Don't worry..its not like the insurance company gonna take your car without your premission. ;P
 

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Feeling a bit more positive about this now, my excess will be reduced because this damage is classed as a natural catastrophe in this area. No loss of no claims discount and the insurance company have agreed to pay up to the value of the car and agreed that the local Alfa main dealer can do the work. They have a specialist department for hail stone damage repairs. :thumbs:

Let's see what they say when they see how much damage there is though
 

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Well it seems my despair was premature. The Alfa garage have just let me know that the insurers have approved a new windscreen, a new roof ( never even knew that was possible), a new bonnet and respray as well as the other dinks removed from the panels.

Downside is that the technician who will do the job is on holiday until the end of August. Not too bad though as they have given me a Giulietta Veloce with 5k kilometres on the clock whilst the car is with them. They were going to repair the windscreen and give me the car back until the work could be done but have decided with the roof also being done there is no point in fitting the windscreen before they do the work.
 

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Near Agen. Thanks but I am more than happy for the main dealer to sort it, I have been very impressed with what they have done mechanically over the last couple of years. Yes they are more expensive than I'd like but every job has been done without any issues at all afterwards. The insurance company are paying and I have faith that an Alfa dealer I know will do the job was well as anybody. I am assured by the dealer that the car will look like new when I get it back.

The delay in the work being done is not a problem as I have a virtually new Alfa to use in the meantime.
 

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Well, nearly two months on and my car was picked up by my wife today from the local Alfa dealer, as I am in the UK. New roof, new bonnet and a total respray. Car apparently looks brand new. Result and worth the wait and the initial angst. I had no idea you could buy a new roof for a car I have to confess.
 
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