Apologies if this has been answered elsewhere - I tried searching but couldn't see anything that seemed to fit.
Got an 05 plate Focus which we bought second-hand a couple of months ago. I'd just parked up on the drive this afternoon and about 30 seconds later the handbrake seemed to give and the car coasted backward downhill hitting the gatepost. The driver's side door took the full impact and got bent right back alongside the wing. We've managed to fix the door hinges and rehang the door OK but now the car won't start.
It's been perfectly reliable up until the crash this afternoon. All the lights come on on the dash, there's still plenty of petrol in the tank, and the engine makes all the right starting noises, just doesn't actually start running (sorry, I'm not great on cars and wasn't 100% sure that these were cranking noises!). Tried bump starting and again there was sound from under the bonnet but it didn't start.
First thought was that the immobiliser might have kicked in but having looked online it sounds like there should be some sort of LED code - LED is coming on for the usual 2-3 seconds and then going off when the key is turned to II, as you'd expect. Also tried disconnecting the battery for about 5 seconds but it still wouldn't start when reconnected.
Any ideas please? Really could do without a mechanic's bill...