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#1 Brigante

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Posted 01 August 2012 - 05:32 PM

So I'm trying to leave Wilkinson's car park and there is a stupidly placed bollard right in my lane so I have to wait for the incoming traffic to enter the car park before I can drive round the bollard and leave. I'm wondering why there is a queue of cars trying to enter to I look behind me to see what the hold up is, It's some eejit in a corsa with his !Removed! end sticking right out in the lane stopping the cars from entering, eventually he drives forward back into his space to let the cars in.

I now drive round the bollard and stop at the end of the lane to give way to the cars driving past the car park, It's clear so I slowly begin to pull out into the road to turn left, I'm obviously indicating, I've crossed the lane and I'm half way in the road so I have right of way. Then of all things a !Removed! lorry decides to turn right out of the Tesco car park next to the Wilkinson's car park and speeds towards me, he finally see's me and stops.

He is too big and wide to go round me so I have to reverse, to avoid being hit from the front I reverse back, not noticing a car has pulled up behind me also trying to leave the car park. I very unfortunately hit his front end with a bang. The lorry driver see's this and speeds of down the road and disappears around the corner.

Because I am not a corsa owner, do have a full UK license and I'm insured up the jacksy, I get out of the car and go to swap details with the driver behind. 3 witnesses come running up who saw the whole thing, all of which reassuringly say the lorry driver was at fault and that there was nothing I could have done to prevent it. I swap details with the driver behind, who is being very understanding as is his missus, who again both say it was the lorry driver at fault.

He reverses back so we can access the damage, to our luck there isn't any. He had a minor scratch that could be easily T-cutted and there is none whatsoever to mine. We shake hands and we both go on our merry way.


My Missus who is in my passenger seat is obviously very shook up asks me to pull over somewhere so she can calm down before driving home. I pull into the Tesco car park and in an attempt to eliminate the chance of getting hit from behind again by a car driving behind me, go to reverse into a parking space while it is clear rather than pull into one.

But I am also obviously still very shook up, and when reversing I fail to notice the trolley park thing behind me (which is nearly invisible when reversing at the best of times), I smash into it with a bigger bang, this time smashing my driver-side rear bumper in :( :angry: :( :o

So after being so lucky not doing any damage to either car in the Wilkinson's car park, I end up smashing my own bumper in anyway so now it will definitely need to be replaced.

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Posted 01 August 2012 - 05:37 PM

Gutted for you m8 , it will probably be cheaper to get a replacement bumper and get it sprayed rather than using your insurance which will continue over 5 years to effect your premium.

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Posted 01 August 2012 - 06:00 PM

Gutted for you m8 , it will probably be cheaper to get a replacement bumper and get it sprayed rather than using your insurance which will continue over 5 years to effect your premium.


Already looking at bumpers on ebay, they going as cheap as 30quid so I just gotta look for one in the right colour then fit it myself. Also, that bulb is not lighting up. But as silly as it may sound, is it supposed to?

I've took the light out and took the bulb out, it isn't showing any obvious signs of damage and the filament appears to still be intact so I don't think the bulbs broken. All other bulbs are working and my 3 brake lights (spoiler and the tail lights on boot lid) so what does this bulb do?

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Posted 01 August 2012 - 06:11 PM

That bulb is the rear fog, comes on when you pull the headlight switch towards you two clicks

Sounds like a bit of a nightmare mate :S
I got a friend up Sheffield who's neighbour reversed into his focus mk2 with similar looking damage. Think he got it replaced with an ST bumper :P

Hope you get it sorted

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Posted 01 August 2012 - 06:17 PM

FOG LIGHT

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Posted 01 August 2012 - 06:29 PM

Poor Focus :(

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Posted 01 August 2012 - 06:32 PM

What a bummer! I feel for you. :(

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Posted 01 August 2012 - 06:35 PM

What ever you do dont get yer mums ex to fit the bumoer did you get the front wing sorted ?

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Posted 01 August 2012 - 06:49 PM

i feel for you. ive had bumper damage recently myself :(


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Posted 01 August 2012 - 07:01 PM

FOG LIIIIGHT!!! Cheers Haz and Steads mate, that's how shook up I was earlier. I literally completely forgot fog lights even existed :( just saw that the bulb weren't lighting up and panicked. Just darted outside to check and it works :)

Been looking at ST bumpers, thats what I'll get if i can find one.

No way in hell would I ever let my moms ex fella anywhere my poor focus again! I'd finally just finished fixing the last of his bodge jobs myself the other day, now this happens :unsure:

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Posted 01 August 2012 - 07:01 PM

Ouch Ash! Whay happend mate? :'(

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Posted 01 August 2012 - 07:10 PM

the later style bumpers are a straight swop not hard to swop are they ash lol

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Posted 01 August 2012 - 07:22 PM

Gutted for you m8 , it will probably be cheaper to get a replacement bumper and get it sprayed rather than using your insurance which will continue over 5 years to effect your premium.

Totally agree.

I recently had a minor bumper repair (cost 70 - the other person paid) and if I had gone through insurance my premium would go up by 140 per year for the next 5 years = 700 extra. And that's with protected no claims.

For an incident like this it's better to pay from your own pocket. A second hand bumper will be 50-100 and you should be able to find one in thte right colour easily.

Gutted for you, but at least nobody was hurt.

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Posted 01 August 2012 - 07:42 PM

Totally agree.

I recently had a minor bumper repair (cost £70 - the other person paid) and if I had gone through insurance my premium would go up by £140 per year for the next 5 years = £700 extra. And that's with protected no claims.

For an incident like this it's better to pay from your own pocket. A second hand bumper will be £50-100 and you should be able to find one in thte right colour easily.

Gutted for you, but at least nobody was hurt.


I know mate that's what I'm gonna do. Had all this a few months ago again with a lorry, this time cutting me up on a roundabout when I was indicating and slowing to leave, he kept driving so I couldn't get any details so I had to pay out of my own pocket rather than going through insurance company and them raping my policy for 5 years. Bought a used wing panel and front bumper off ebay but a complete 100% bonafied moron of an idiot fitted then which resulted in a world of new problems which I've only just finished fixing myself like 2 days ago.

My missus had quite bad neck ache so it's probably signs of whiplash :(

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Posted 01 August 2012 - 07:54 PM

On a lighter note, these came today

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Got one on each tear window

Also delivered today my mist washer jets which I've fitted and my Halfords ultra brilliance H7's that Stoney recommended, although I thought they was supposed to be white but I'm sure they looking yellow in the day :wacko: Will have to wait till tonight to have a proper look.

To be delivered tomorrow are my Osram cool blue intense H1's and at some point my cree reversing bulb.

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