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My V8V chasis (tubs) were damaged at Firestone

 
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Just to give everyone who is following this thread an update...

The entire floorpan needs to be replaced, fuel lines need to be removed and reinstalled, same for the entire interior cabin including dashboard, seats, etc. We are waiting on the complete write up; still waiting on final prices from Aston Martin on a few more components. Body shop said it is a 2 month process for repairs, unless the insurance company deems to total it out, which I think is going to be the outcome as preliminary estimates look to be around $30k range...
 
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Preliminary estimate is in...



Here are more photos that the collision center provided...






















Repairs would take 58 working days (no weekends), unless insurance company chooses to total out the vehicle. However, factoring in that rental for another Aston Martin Vantage will reach about $20k +/- for those 2 months, and yet TBD diminished value (currently in process), the grand total for this claim to Firestone would far surpass the current market value of this Aston Martin. At this point, all signs seem to point towards the total loss of this vehicle.

I anticipate that me sharing this unfortunate experience can be used to further educate the rest of you gentlemen and help you avoid non qualified service centers for our Astons..even something as basic as purchasing tires!
 

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vargas - I hate that you had to undergo this fiasco and thank you for sharing the details

I know one thing - I would not let a shop do that work! - You would be worse off than not doing it at all -

I still feel like this damage is superficial...
 
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Wow. I agree that the car just won't be the same after all that work. Is it truly out of spec? Is the steering off? Does it drive differently? I am amazed that the damage shown could warp the whole undercarriage.
 
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I concur that after disassembling the car to this extent, it will never be right. I too would like to know how it drives in it's current condition? This is truly a sad situation for you.


The other thing is, will this car show up for sale at some auction soon? Assuming it is totaled, of course.


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This explains a lot. In looking at the pictures it appears that the shop jacked the car up on the inner floor pan support instead of the outer support beam.
AFAIK the outer support beam runs the full length of the car ??. So even if you jacked the car up a foot or so away from the recommended jack positions, the only damage would be a scuffled side skirt.
This is not just a missed jack position, it's ignorance, the kind of stuff a high school kid in their first day of Automotive repair class might do, not an establishment that jackets cars up for a living. Unbelievable!
 
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One other thought, I would suggest that anyone taking their car in for service to any shop other than the dealer go over the jacking points with the mechanic and if possible insist on observing the machanic as he positions the lift.
Finally I hope you end up not losing money over this. Insurance companies are notorious for not missing an opportunity to shaft the customer.
 
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Originally Posted by W126C View Post

The other thing is, will this car show up for sale at some auction soon? Assuming it is totaled, of course.
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I suspect the insurance company will auction this car, more than likely
with a salvage title, and some used car dealer will sell the car to some unsuspecting person.
 
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I would have serious questions about an estimate where 39% of the total is for "miscellaneous" and parts and labor are already tallied separately. What else is there?

I have a copy of the page from the workshop manual showing the jacking points and give that to whoever happens to be working on the car. Along with threats of death if the instructions are not followed.
 
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Guys is the alignment totally out? the damage does not look severe enough to to make the chassis unservisable IMO.

Cant you get the insurance co to pay out a value and at least just drive the thing? I have taken a view on my Vantage that I dont care about its resale value and despite I never use it in the wet i do enjoy driving it now and again, more important I enjoy looking at it when I peer into my man cave.

If they pay you a value and you bank that it could reduce the pain and compensate you for any additional loss when you do decide to sell it, and then simply have some nice new shiny T6 Plates epoxied over the damage area.

Of topic but for comparison I took a brand new Mercedes (bought it for my wife in April) and accidentally turned into a very steep driveway coming in at the wrong angle and it has scraped the under belly much worse than what has happened to your car

I suggest invest in a full wheel alignment and see how far its out, its not like the thing has had a bad accident.

In any case squire I do feel for you and hope you get it sorted FAST
 
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You mentioned in your earlier post you were taking it to Galpin for an estimate. It looks like the estimate you received is not from Galpin what was their take on the situation?
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Originally Posted by Ron Avery View Post
You mentioned in your earlier post you were taking it to Galpin for an estimate. It looks like the estimate you received is not from Galpin what was their take on the situation?
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Hey Ron, Galpin took a look at the car and referred it over to Harry's Collision Center. Galpin has already told me they will never sell a vehicle in its current condition, and furthermore, they would not sell it either if repaired due to "frame restoration"...I've been hearing from independent dealers that the car as is will not sell for more than $25k and if repaired, will not fetch more than $30k. So there is definitely a significant financial loss on my part in this matter.

Yes, I do agree with this forum and feel that this vehicle would not be the same after all of this work is performed, and so I'm now simply looking at the bottom line.
 
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Hey Ron, Galpin took a look at the car and referred it over to Harry's Collision Center. Galpin has already told me they will never sell a vehicle in its current condition, and furthermore, they would not sell it either if repaired due to "frame restoration"...I've been hearing from independent dealers that the car as is will not sell for more than $25k and if repaired, will not fetch more than $30k. So there is definitely a significant financial loss on my part in this matter.

Yes, I do agree with this forum and feel that this vehicle would not be the same after all of this work is performed, and so I'm now simply looking at the bottom line.
I find it hard to believe that damage is going to affect anything honestly...
 
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I find it hard to believe that damage is going to affect anything honestly...
In fact, the only thing it is affecting, is resale value.
 
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In fact, the only thing it is affecting, is resale value.
I agree the car isn't now technically factory perfect and this does totally suck. Maybe have them possibly compensate you some cash to help when you sell the car to minimize the loss? I think if you are upfront to a person buying and they know they are getting a deal based on the minor damage they would be ok? I am guessing the car still runs and drives the same?
 

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