Oh No. Tractor 1-0 G-Wagen
After more than 20 years, my G230 had its first moving accident and came off worst.
Wife was driving and passing a tractor waiting to turn right, pulling one of those huge long ploughs, and as it turns the plough swings into the stream of traffic and bang - she cops it mostly on the rear quarter, ripping the fuel filler and wheel arch with it. Typical, I had just filled up with petrol and it was spilt all over the road.
I'll see it tomorrow as I am away til then, but it looks repairable to me from this pic. I think she was lucky because it seemed to take the wing mirror with it on the way. So noone hurt - all good there.
The tractor driver stopped, then did a runner! We think they switched the trailer back at the yard but there was a witness in the following car and CCTV around which the Police will get. Its a pain though as the G is no longer a spare fun luxury but used every day.
Any good G repairers in the Abingdon/Oxford/Wycombe area?
I may be in the same boat as Audiominx getting this cherished G sorted without being written off.
As the police said to me, was lucky she was driving the G and not a Fiesta.
That's very sad to see. I'm no fan of regulation and additional tests but it's scarry how a 16 (15)year old can drive a huge tractor with a plough on a public roads. Round here they drive enormous things as if it were a fiesta. Only last year a friend had a lucky escape when a muck spreader went over his bonnet.
Good luck with getting back on the road.
"Only last year a friend had a lucky escape when a muck spreader went over his bonnet".
Fnar fnar, Tsssk Tsssk.
opps, bit of a Finbarr moment then.
Haven't seen that for years, off to news agents now.
So sorry to see your G damaged but mercifully no one hurt. Have driven tractors and big kit on the road all my life and it is not easy. However there now a lot of very young (16) drivers using very big and fast equipment without the experience needed and accidents like this will happen sadly. New legislation is required but is very slow to materialise. I will never defend a poor driver but I hope everyone will give tractors plenty of room to manouvre and expect the unexpected !
give me a call as i stilll have a spare panel for that side and have replaced the other side and refurbished that side looks preety simple to be honest.
Got some odd picture of how bad mine was before here.
If you need help shift the G around give me a shout as i may be able to help
Hi, unfortunately the vehicle will still be recorded on the Insurance Register as a total loss cat C or D (uneconomical to repair) because they have settled your claim. A cat C means the repair cost exceeeds the pre-damage value of the vehicle and a cat D is the repair exceeds 50-60% of the pre-damage value of the vehicle.
Both of these markers reflect only that the insurance company took a view that it was not economical to repair the vehicle and it was in their interests to classify it as a total loss. It is not a reflection of the road worthyness of the vehicle. In fact on older vehicles there is often very little damage.
Insurance companies can be quite firm when negotiating salvage values and generaly they are looking for around 40% of any settlement offered. In your case that would be 40% of £6k = £2400. If you were able to get it for less than that you have got a good deal.
The only problem you may have is if it is a cat C total loss then DVLA / VOSA are informed and they will not issue a new V5 until the vehicle has undergone a vehicle identification check (VIC). If it is a cat D the DVLA / VOSA are not informed. Did you get your V5 back from the insurance company ?
The other problem you may have is that certain insurance companies will not insure a vehicle that has been the subject of a total loss categorisation. My advice would be to ask your insurance company what category of total loss it has been given and if they will continue to insure it.
Sorry if any of this sounds pesimistic I am just trying to offer some advice which hopefully makes the murky world of car insurance a bit clearer.