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What a really heavy right foot could cost you


TopCat®
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if you smash up a McLaren F1 supercar that is. Mr Bean (Rowan Atkinson) will find his premiums soaring after a UK record payout by his insurers. story here

As far as I'm concerned, I think he's very lucky to get offered car insurance again on this vehicle after two crashes in this powerful car. What say you? TC.

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kad60

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"Mr Bean" needs a man with a red flag in front.!

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rdave13

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kad60 , I give up. Hope you feel the same when your vehicle goes off the road and is a total wright off.

Unless, of course, your vehicle appreciates in value over time.

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rdave13

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"Write-off" edit .

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Noldi

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If I remember correctly he brought the car new and the price then was between £500,000 to £600,000. McLaren did a limited number of these cars so they will only increase in value, I believe that the last one to be sold went for £3.6 million. The reason I understand that it took so long to sort out this claim and repair is that you don't go to Halfords for spares, if the main chassis was damaged then a repair is close to impossible because all the original tooling used to produce these cars was destroyed. Just finding a repairer musy have taken a while plus a total strip down and rebuild you can't really put a price on it costs what it costs. The other point is this car has a lot of interesting history to it so that will also affect the value.

Noldi

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Noldi

"The reason I understand that it took so long to sort out this claim and repair is that you don't go to Halfords for spares"

I would imagine that the real reason was mainly that the insurers were trying to mitigate their loss. The repair was done by McLaren, so finding a repairer wasn't the issue.

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rdave13

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FE, insurers always try to mitigate their loss, that's their business. Worse than Bankers ,at times, but they don't have the comfort of Joe Public to bail them out.

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Noldi

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"repair was done by McLaren, so finding a repairer wasn't the issue" McLaren I'm sure would have overseen the repair but I'm sure parts of it had to be contracted out, to find such company's would have taken time and agreeing the procedures to perform such repairs would have involved stress engineers to analyse the effects the crash had on the safety critical parts of this car etc. It's a bit of a problem when working with these cars because certain parts can no be changed because it would devalue the car as it is no longer being original.

Noldi

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Quickbeam

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"It was his second crash in the vehicle, which saw its 6.1 litre engine flung 20 yards away from the rest of it"

I'd sooner have taken the write off payment that would have at least covered the original price he paid than have a car back that lost it's engine so easily. You see some pretty badly wrecked cars on the back of recovery trucks, but even humble small Fords manage to retain the engine within their wreckage!

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oresome

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I suspect with a car this powerful, a heavy right foot is hardly necessary.

For the average driver this car is an accident waiting to happen and I question that it should be allowed on the public highway in the first place. Let the owners play with their toys on a race track.

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