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Hi all, 

The car was parked in the designated parking lot of a school. The condo construction adjacent to school, dropped a heavy metal pipe from 24th floor and caused the damaged roof and shattered glass. See the Pictures. 

 

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The insurance company is recovering the cost of repair from the Condo and the car is immediately sent to Mazda dealer repair house. They said, its a major repair and due to other major repair lined up, we can only expect to get the car back in another 2.5 months (they estimated 1 month for the actual repair work). 

 

My questions are -

i. do you guys think, these damages are repairable? I mean, can the car be back to its pre-accident condition?

ii. If not, what option I might have at this stage? Its a 3 year old, bank-financed car. Will a demand for total replacement work in this kind of cases?

 

Thanks in advance.  

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4 minutes ago, DaRoadrunner said:

Yes it can be repaired. Your car needs a new roof panel. Dont let them try and palm you off with straightening the existing panel as it is impossible to achieve a good result.

 

Not an easy job, insist on a professional repair shop. Check fit of shut lines and doors when it is finished.

 

Bear in mind that your local Mazda dealer may farm out the job to some back street garage. Ask who is doing the repair.

Thanks for the helpful pointers Mate!

It was taken directly to Mazda Body & Paint Shop (RMA in Rama III); so, I hope they will not try to improvise any short-cut. 

 

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My wife going through an accident with an IRPC pickup driver slamming into 3 cars behind her which totalled the back end of our fiesta the best advice I can give is make sure if you get a hire car that the people at fault pay for it. IRPC and our insurance company didn't cough up for the hire car so we lost more than 50,000 baht. I will say the Ford dealership did a fantastic repair and we are very grateful for the help  but f u c k insurance in Thailand, IRPC one of the biggest Thai companies didn't pay our  hire car bill. <deleted> irpc

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26 minutes ago, roufma said:

i. do you guys think, these damages are repairable? I mean, can the car be back to its pre-accident condition?

Yes.

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4 minutes ago, sandrabbit said:

IRPC and our insurance company didn't cough up for the hire car so we lost more than 50,000 baht. I will say the Ford dealership did a fantastic repair and we are very grateful for the help  but f u c k insurance in Thailand, IRPC one of the biggest Thai companies didn't pay our  hire car bill. <deleted> irpc

I can share your frustration. My insurance company, the market leader of the country who is charging me the most expensive insurance for the last three years refused to arrange a rental for us or help me in negotiating with the condo admin for ensuring a rental. Quite ridiculous!! 

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the cherry on top is that the hire car was a piece of junk and impossible to drive at night because the window foil tints were so dark you couldn't see if the headlights were on ............

 

you are now going to ask why we accepted this hire car, we didn't have a choice as there had been so many accidents that Ford couldn't give us a Ford hire car, I want to scream but no one can hear you scream in Thailand!!!

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1 hour ago, roufma said:

2.5 months (they estimated 1 month for the actual repair work)

 

It's a couple of days work, not a month. It can only take longer if you have to wait for parts.

 

Bring today, pick up next week. The damage is really not impressive. No vital parts were broken. This damage is easy to repair. 2 1/2 months is ridiculous. 

 

 

 

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6 hours ago, impulse said:

Meanwhile, back in the Land of the Free (and home of the brave)

555 - rose colored glasses ?

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Seen a lot worse than that repaired...

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