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    Courtesy car fail

    So... Having been involved in an accident last week (not at fault!) I've been given a "equivalent vehicle" I was given the choices of a Toyota GT86 Petrol Auto, Merc C Class petrol Auto, pointed out I do 480 miles in 3 days so really need a diesel, only one available was a Volvo V40... Arrived on my drive last Friday with 700 or so miles on the clock. To my utter shame I had a Volvo driver "acknowledge" me.... Oh the shame.....!!!!

    If no one has driven one of these, never be tempted to.
    It has electric steering with zero feel at all! Whoever came up with the concept wants shooting.

    Can't wait to get my beauty back!!

    Currently awaiting to hear if anything else needs replacing after initial assessment of new wheel, 2 tyres, headlight unit, wing, bumper wheel repair and bonnet respray/repair.

    Nigel, hope you don't fall off your sofa...

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    Good luck with all of the Ambulance chasing Lawyers that'll call you asking if you want to claim for injuries over the next 5 years.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Artimus View Post
    Good luck with all of the Ambulance chasing Lawyers that'll call you asking if you want to claim for injuries over the next 5 years.
    Had one literally within 5hrs of the accident having just hung up the phone to the people who are dealing with it for me!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jojo View Post
    Can't post pics as only have on phone and tapatalk won't upload.

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    when my vxr was stolen, the "equivalent" vehicle they gave me was a Hyundai i10.... imagine how that felt, i thought they were joking when it turned up.. i had to cover my face when driving near home in case anybody recognized me in it.. also the back pain from the ridiculously small seats wasn't to nice either

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    Quote Originally Posted by battledwarf View Post
    when my vxr was stolen, the "equivalent" vehicle they gave me was a Hyundai i10.... imagine how that felt, i thought they were joking when it turned up.. i had to cover my face when driving near home in case anybody recognized me in it.. also the back pain from the ridiculously small seats wasn't to nice either
    I think that was their way of saying, they hate VXR's along with most other people...

    Unless you wear tracksuit bottoms and a cap.
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    Hey there not too bad!

    I remember Vauxhall gave me a VX Adam for a week whilst they had my car in sorting stuff out, I didn't go out for that wheel in the car lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buneet View Post
    Hey there not too bad!

    I remember Vauxhall gave me a VX Adam for a week whilst they had my car in sorting stuff out, I didn't go out for that wheel in the car lol
    Haha, know that feeling...the Volvo is mostly staying on the drive unless i really need to go somewhere!

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    So finally getting a moment where i'm not working i have some pics....
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    Didnt get a pic of the rear wheel/tyre as only noticed it the day before it was picked up to go to repair shop!

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    Quote Originally Posted by battledwarf View Post
    when my vxr was stolen, the "equivalent" vehicle they gave me was a Hyundai i10.... imagine how that felt, i thought they were joking when it turned up.. i had to cover my face when driving near home in case anybody recognized me in it.. also the back pain from the ridiculously small seats wasn't to nice either
    Sounds about right, the Htundai i10 is an equal isn't it?


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    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisP1303 View Post
    So finally getting a moment where i'm not working i have some pics....
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    Didnt get a pic of the rear wheel/tyre as only noticed it the day before it was picked up to go to repair shop!
    I was asking for pics of the Volvo!

    Hope it gets fixed soon though!


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    Quote Originally Posted by jojo View Post
    I was asking for pics of the Volvo!

    Hope it gets fixed soon though!
    Why would you want to see that?! Haha

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    Just for you jojo.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisP1303 View Post
    Just for you jojo.....
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    AAAARGH, MY EYES!
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    Here's my Volvo experience!

    52 plate Volvo S40 + light bulbs!


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    Quote Originally Posted by jojo View Post
    Here's my Volvo experience!

    52 plate Volvo S40 + light bulbs!
    Haha!
    I do hope it's no longer owned and a nicer car has been purchased since your ordeal...

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisP1303 View Post
    Haha!
    I do hope it's no longer owned and a nicer car has been purchased since your ordeal...
    He still has it! I spent 25 quid buying a complete driverside seatbelt and swopped it over last month! They fray due to a crap design of the B pillar trim. The stupid bumper markers are still blown, only one works, and it's still alive! haha 40k miles and counting....


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    I think you're being very ungrateful. The insurance company has done you a massive favour; think how much more you will appreciate your Audi when you get it back.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jojo View Post
    He still has it! I spent 25 quid buying a complete driverside seatbelt and swopped it over last month! They fray due to a crap design of the B pillar trim. The stupid bumper markers are still blown, only one works, and it's still alive! haha 40k miles and counting....
    Ha! I'm sure they are very helpful..

    Unfortunately being built like a tank they have a habit of going on...and on!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jdp1962 View Post
    I think you're being very ungrateful. The insurance company has done you a massive favour; think how much more you will appreciate your Audi when you get it back.
    Trust me, day 1 of it being on my drive let alone driving it I appreciated my Audi!

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    I had a similar thing happen, my a3 went off to the repair shop (fair enough it's pretty old, but at least it has some power in it) then on the truck that turned up.... a freaking entry model C3 with a 1 litre engine. that was fun on the motorway!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lavis89 View Post
    I had a similar thing happen, my a3 went off to the repair shop (fair enough it's pretty old, but at least it has some power in it) then on the truck that turned up.... a freaking entry model C3 with a 1 litre engine. that was fun on the motorway!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lavis89 View Post
    I had a similar thing happen, my a3 went off to the repair shop (fair enough it's pretty old, but at least it has some power in it) then on the truck that turned up.... a freaking entry model C3 with a 1 litre engine. that was fun on the motorway!
    Ha yeah this isn't that bad compared to that, I'm fortunate that they give you an equivalent sized engine but the d3 I think is 130 and mines a 170.

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    Maybe they thought you'd be safer in a Volvo?


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    Quote Originally Posted by jojo View Post
    Maybe they thought you'd be safer in a Volvo?
    Ha, possibly but still it's not good lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jojo View Post
    Sounds about right, the Htundai i10 is an equal isn't it?
    probably better in terms of build quality to be fair.. i think they even made engine parts out of metal on the hyundai's instead of the low quality plastic vauxhall make the pistons out of

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    I'd have taken the GT86!
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    I had someone drive into the side of my Lupo GTI a number of years ago - they said they'd give me a Vauxhall Astra or equivalent but I asked for something smaller. The woman seemed surprised when I said that I'd prefer something like a Polo - "They're a lot smaller than an Astra, you know" ... yes, but still a lot bigger than my Lupo!

    Unfortunately, I got given the most basic 1.0 Nissan Micra ever. I'd never hated driving until then.
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    Quote Originally Posted by skyinsurance View Post
    I'd have taken the GT86!
    If it wasn't for the 480 miles I do 3 days a week then any other driving I would of!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nicki View Post
    I had someone drive into the side of my Lupo GTI a number of years ago - they said they'd give me a Vauxhall Astra or equivalent but I asked for something smaller. The woman seemed surprised when I said that I'd prefer something like a Polo - "They're a lot smaller than an Astra, you know" ... yes, but still a lot bigger than my Lupo!

    Unfortunately, I got given the most basic 1.0 Nissan Micra ever. I'd never hated driving until then.
    Lupo GTi Vs Nissan Micra 1.0.

    You win.
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    It was my own fault for requesting something smaller than an Astra though...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nicki View Post
    It was my own fault for requesting something smaller than an Astra though...
    It could have been worse...

    At least nissan make/made some half decent cars in their time.

    I ended up with a bloody Daewoo Matiz in replacement for my 2000 Audi S3.....I drove the Matiz for less than 1/4 a mile before I took it back as it felt like it wasn't up to the job in taking 4 passengers + luggage over 300 miles! lol

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    Are we just talking about courtesy cars whilst car was in for repair, or any courtesy car?

    My one takes the biscuit! I took an Mitsubishi Evo 6 Extreme(one of only 50 made) for a clutch change up in Manchester, they gave me a clapped out Ford Fiesta 1.0 thing with 4 speed gearbox as a courtesy car! The gearbox didn't even center itself between gear changes, and I think it was on a C or E reg?


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    Quote Originally Posted by jojo View Post
    Are we just talking about courtesy cars whilst car was in for repair, or any courtesy car?

    My one takes the biscuit! I took an Mitsubishi Evo 6 Extreme(one of only 50 made) for a clutch change up in Manchester, they gave me a clapped out Ford Fiesta 1.0 thing with 4 speed gearbox as a courtesy car! The gearbox didn't even center itself between gear changes, and I think it was on a C or E reg?
    Ha that's awesome!

    Made my slightly frustrating day a little bit more amusing!

    Had a calls from claims company asking me how exactly was the rear wheel damaged? I don't know... I was too busy trying to avoid having a crash sat in the drivers seat to see it happen?!
    So basically might not have a new wheel and 2 tyres and be left with a wheel and tyre that won't pass it's MOT test that it needs to have before it gets out on the road as it run out the Sunday of when I had the accident! (It was scheduled in for one on the Saturday!) so looks like I might be shelling out for 2 tyres and a new wheel... Awesome.

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    My dads new M5 went into get repaired and was given a 1L corsa he was so annoyed lol

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    I remember few years ago my brothers S4 was going in for repair after a carpark scrape.

    He decided to try and ensure they'd give him a decent car as a replacement, rather than some crappy 1.0 corsa or similar, so when on the phone arranging things he told them he needed an equivalent saloon car, as he needed something that size for work.

    Woman on the end of the phone taps the keyboard for a few seconds then says "Sir, you dont actually have business use on this policy, are you telling me you are using the car for business purposes?"

    Whoops!

    He luckily managed to fudge his way out of it and not end up with an angry insurance company, and got a toyota avensis diesel as his courtesy car.

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    I'm getting bored of this courtesy car and things just keep getting worse!

    Got informed today that the Assessors won't agree that damage to a rear tyre and wheel was damaged in the crash even though it now won't pass it's MOT with Tyre in a fit state on current wheel and the wheel is too damaged a tyre fitter refused to put a new tyre on it! so I've just shelled out £159 for another wheel and tyre off fleabay to fit to it!

    So glad my Assessors work in my favour!

 

 

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