The Claimant’s vehicle was inspected on 26 September 2013. The vehicle was in below average condition with no obvious signs of any recent repairs. There was no evidence of any defects that could be identified within the scope of the inspection. No dismantling of parts took place.
At the time of the inspection 45 x digital images were taken. Some of the images show a ruler held against the vehicle body work as a reference point for considering damage consistency. The images have not been enhanced or edited.
The Claimant was not present at the time of the inspection.
At the time of our inspection no one was present, an arrangement had been made to meet a representative from the storage company there but they did not meet us in the time arranged, the vehicle was however available for inspection but was locked up restricting access to it.
The mileage of approximately 87,000 was verbally provided by the representative from the storage company who was spoken to on the phone.
The same representative was unsure as to what date the vehicle has been in storage from.
We were restricted from checking the operation of the boot lid as the vehicle was locked with both sides of the boot lid taped to the rear 1/4 panels/wings
The vehicle displayed moderate impact damage to the rear biased to the LH side, the rear bumper is insecure and the LHR lamp was cracked.
The area of damage to the rear panel was biased to the LH side. In our opinion the damage to the rear panel was not consistent with bumper to bumper contact
The boot floor well section had been cracked; although the repair methodology & costs included a “repair” It was suspected the boot floor may well have required replacement.
There was evidence of green paint transfer on the rear bumper cover.
Overall height of rear damage was measured between 17” to 27” from ground level
Our repair methodology was as follows:- Renew Repair
Rear Panel Mount vehicle onto a body jig Rear Panel Inner Pull & realign Rear Panel Inner Trim Cover LH Tail Lamp Bootfloor Complete Rear Bumper Repaint blending both rear wings Carry out engine management resets
Repair reserve was £3,400 inclusive of VAT. Repairs taking 7 x days to complete.
During the course of the inspection it was also identified the following damaged areas on this vehicle which in our opinion were not related to this index incident under review: –
Pre-existing damage to the LH rear wheel arch & rear bumper area; where the bumper has been secured to the vehicle with cable ties
Dents evident in the RHR door
Front bumper scuffed RHF
LHR alloy wheel scuffed
The enclosed HPI report showed no previous total loss history for the vehicle
Pre-incident market value was £6,500.
During the course of the inspection it was observed that all of this vehicle’s brake discs did not display any evidence of surface corrosion which would be expected as it is claimed this vehicle has been in storage since 29 July 2013; a period of two months
It was therefore our opinion this vehicle has been in recent use.
The storage yard representative advised us of the following outstanding charges:-
a) £250 – Recovery
b) £25 – Per day storage
At the time of inspection this vehicle was not roadworthy due to the damages evident to its rear section