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A numpty in a Merc pulled out of a junction and did this to my Bella last week. The car is fully sorted (and I mean fully - from the rebuilt engine with GTA cams to the all new oe arms on the rear and the alfaholics exhaust at the back - Q2 of course). The plan is that this is my daily drive for the next 5 years, so I'm determined that it will get sorted.
The numpty's insurance company will no doubt say the car is worth about 1.5k, and I need it to be worth at least 4k to be sure of getting a new door, a new rear quarter panel and a lepsons refurbed wheel covered. It won't help that the car is cat D from the hydrolocked engine (now fully rebuilt) last year.
So - who has recently sold or seen sold a GTV V6 for strong money? All links gratefully received in the fight to get the insurance monkeys to recognise the value of our cars. Clive - I'm sure you can help!
Thanks in advance.
 

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sad, Is it mandatory to go though a insurance company? cause if that happened to me (and it can), my car is worth 2 - 2,5k in Norway. i would never take the money unless i had to, i would not even report the damage.
get some second hand parts and do it on your own tab then risk having the car written off.

and honestly perhaps if your lucky a smart repair shop or a body shop that does PDR (Paintless dent removal) could make that work, but needs to be sanded and repainted.
 

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The last few v6 on eBay have gone for between £2k and £3k. One today went for £2700 .
I'm not sure that these are comparable to mine, which is more like these:
Alfa Gtvs Spiders - C G Trading, Brighton, West Sussex

On anything like these prices (which are clearly right, since Clive remains in business selling cars and specialising in 916), mine is certainly worth 4k - even to an insurance assessor!
Thanks, Clive - I've pillaged your site. If my car ever does get properly totalled, I'll be calling for one of yours.
 

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There are a few on the bay for 4-5K and a nice example should be worth that. Sorry yours has been damaged you must be gutted, someone elses Spider was driven into only last week, they were recommended to use Clives site on prices for the insurers.
 

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Trouble is some of them have been on there for over a year or more. Rarely actually sell for more than £3k on eBay. There is a nice one ending today at £2650 and one sold yesterday with a missfire for £800.
 

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Could you take a cash settlement and then get the car repaired yourself?
Thanks for the sympathy - appreciated. And yes, I probably will do the cash settlement route and get it sorted myself. I don't really fancy a non specialist body shop doing the work anyway - too much chance they'll treat it like an old shed and I'll get rust later. Still got to persuade the numpty's insurance company to value the car at or more than the repair cost, though...
 

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Arfur Dent...

Obviously not good but, on closer inspection, the damage doesn't appear so bad.

The sill appears undamaged, which is a major bonus.

Definitely fixable I'd say...
 

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Obviously not good but, on closer inspection, the damage doesn't appear so bad.

The sill appears undamaged, which is a major bonus.

Definitely fixable I'd say...
Yes - you clearly know your bodywork. I've got a quote from Alfa Workshop (who'll project manage the bodywork to someone they - and so I - trust) that is well within any even slightly reasonable valuation - so all will be well after the unavoidable pita of getting the cash out of the other guy's insurance company. I'm taking it to my insurance company's recommended repairer on Saturday. It will be interesting to see what they quote for the work.
 

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I got an insurance valuation of £4k, which included a 20% reduction for the Cat D. I'm quite happy with that, as it will allow me to get the car sorted. Validates Clive's prices as well, since his are retail and are not Cat D.
I wonder what the car will be worth when I'm too old to get in it in 10 years' time? Hopefully more rather than less.
 

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Thanks, Pash - its booked in for December.
Brad - you're right, but this was Hoopers acting for Aviva, so it should carry some weight...
 

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i am all for the enhancement of this models valuation another sign its reached cult if not quite classic status............................ only one way for these values to go on these cars now
 

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i am all for the enhancement of this models valuation another sign its reached cult if not quite classic status............................ only one way for these values to go on these cars now
I think so. Taking the 20% cat D reduction into account, it seems mine has gone up in value 25% between two insurance valuations 18 months and 12,000 miles apart.
 

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I would avoid using ebay as a justification for prices in your circumstances as ebay is the arbitrage rate for car values (Sell today!) if your car is fully sorted then look elsewhere IMO.
 

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All sorted now- see below. Cost ended up at 1.8k for a second hand door, repair of the rear panel, sand & spray, and new Pinin badges. Repair of the wishbone top bolt was £50. So I'm actually in profit with a cheque from the other driver for 2.6k! Thanks, Alfa Workshop.
Best happy ending available outside Thailand (allegedly).
Thanks for the support, all.
 

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