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I have a 2014 GT86 in orange fully loaded with leather/alcantara heated seats, JBL sound system, carbon fibre mirrors, Gazoo Racing grille, stainless powerflex exhaust and in beautiful condition with TFSH.

Unfortunately I was T boned by a young driver who didn't see the give way at a country crossroads and two side airbags deployed on the passenger side of my car and the passenger side window shattered.

I was deflected towards a tree but managed to miss having a head on with that and instead it merely scraped down the edge of the drivers side wing.

The car was recovered to my insurers choice of repairer who have now produced a report which declares it category S but more importantly which lists repairing or replacing a whole bunch of stuff that wasn't even affected in the crash like the petrol cap, the windows on all sides, the wheels on both sides etc etc. Faced with the prospect of a £23000 bill the insurers have phoned to offer me £13000 for it - which from a quick glance at autotrader just about gets a base spec GT86 with fabric seats etc from a private seller!!

What I'd like to do is save my car if at all possible. What I need is a reasonably priced repairer in the Hampshire/West Sussex/Surrey area to take a look at it and provide a more reasonable estimate for repairs.

The car was normally serviced at Snows Waterlooville the Toyota main agent. They have a body repair shop although I am slightly concerned that they might prove expensive as main dealer affiliated.

Any advice/recommendations?

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Assuming all the mods were declared to your insurers, you can always dispute the assessors initial settlement offer.

TBH, with that amount of damage and a Cat S I'd be very cautious about buying back unless it was extremely cheap. Even then, you'll have to put in the time to get a repair organised personally, plus being a Cat S it'll maybe be more to insure and the resale value will be knocked down by 25% or more. Sometime you need to be objective on how much £££s to put into any car.

NB After a shunt that hard, I hope you've seen a specialist about soft-tissue damage, neck-sprain etc. with a view to an injury claim for compensation.
 

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The sales manager at Snows Waterlooville was a big GT86 fan from launch, but it's got to be 3+ years since I was in there last so he might have moved on by now.
The aftersales service seems to be better at their Hedge End branch.

Insurer's initial settlement offers are almost always low, so it's worth asking them to make a better offer/disputing their valuation.

Given that airbags went off, odds are that it'll stay a write off in any repair estimate that goes to the insurer.

As said above you may well be better off replacing the car instead of repairing it.

Grille, exhaust, mirrors and sound system could all be transferred across to the replacement if you can negotiate with the insurer to keep them.
 
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