Update on Accident Repairs
In my previous post I explained how I had been hit in the front corner, on the wheel, and then had a vibration but was having a hard time getting the repair shop to take me seriously about the vibration. Well if looks like they NEVER are going to do anything about it. They balanced all 4 wheels then said "there its fixed" it wasn't so then they said "oh the rim is bent" they put on a new rim and then said "now its fixed" it still shakes badly so there next explanation was "you have old tires and they are the wrong size for the car that is why it shakes"
My tires are quality goodyear regatta's 60% worn and are 225/60/16 (stock size) and if they didn't have a vibration before the accident why would they suddenly have one after it. The repair shop Refuses to even do so much as a Visual Inspection of the front end or put the car on an Alignment machine. Wouldn't that be reasonable if the accident was serious enough to bend the rim and cause a vibration....they just say don't worry about it, its an old car and all old cars have vibrations, plus its just your tires fault.
It seems strange to me that my insurance company says they will authorize and pay for any repair that the shop tells them is necessary but the shop does not want to do any work to the car?
The shop (only authorized repair shop within 80km of me) is also doing half assed work...my insurance company said they would pay for a NEW rim but the shop insisted they must use a used one...the first one they got in was bent worse than mine, the second one was the wrong color and was deteriorated soo badly that with a knife you could litterally pick away Large Chunks of powdery aluminum material from the rim...originally they spray painted it silver and hoped I wouldn't notice it was spray painted and had large pit marks and small chunks missing.
Then there is the bumper. It was cracked badly where it is hidden under the fender but the outwardly visible part was ok other than being skuffed. They "plastic welded" it back together then instead of refinishing it, they buffed out the scuff and shot the whole bumper with a layer of clearcoat...right over all the old rock chips and even some bugs on the front of the bumper. I always thought the mark of a proper repair is a repair that you can't tell was made. True I can't see the crack or impact mark anymore but now anyone who looks at the bumper is going to wonder "why did this guy clearcoat over those rock chips without even putting touch up paint in them first, and why didn't he clean the bug smear off before permanently clearcoating it on.
Sorry for the long post...Frustrated