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Onto my second Civic
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Well, after 3 years of ownership I guess my luck had to run out sooner or later.

In the last day or so it seems some crim came right down my drive and put an 18-inch scratch across my bonnet - right down to the metal in some places.
It appears to be pure, malicious vandalism.

I assume the entire bonnet will need to be treated and sprayed: does anyone know what a full bonnet treatment on Milano red will cost? I'm in two minds to report it to the insurance, as I know they'll treat it as an "at fault" claim, simply as the other party isn't known (which does seems ridiculous). Then again, if I'm looking at more than £300, and I suspect I am, it might be cheaper to go with the insurance.

Also, it has crossed my mind to put up an IP CCTV camera in my front window to monitor the driveway: anyone any experience with this? Simple IP cameras go for around £150.
 

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Thought about wrapping it? Mine is stone chip central and when it gets bad enough that's what I'll be doing.
Wouldn't really know where to start. Can you wrap a "damaged" bonnet, i.e. the surface not smooth due to deep scratches? How do insurance companies tend to view wraps?
 

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Sorry to hear this! Can't understand people doing this just because they are bored in their small pathetic lives :(

Hope you get it sorted soon!
 

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for a respray on your bonnet ,at £30 hourly rate ,plus materials,a ball park figure with vat £350 at the most.
 

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Wouldn't really know where to start. Can you wrap a "damaged" bonnet, i.e. the surface not smooth due to deep scratches? How do insurance companies tend to view wraps?
Can't see why not. And no idea on the insurance question, sorry.
 

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Cost me 150 to wrap my bonnet in carbon. 150 for the roof looks great combined
 

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well i do wrapping mate and i could have wrapped your bonnet in carbon fibre vinyl for about £80 incl meterial and labour which would have been a quick fix and defo cheaper and quicker than painting it.
goodluck with which ever you decide to go with but wont puting a claim through insurance resualt in a increase in your insurance?
 

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...but wont puting a claim through insurance resualt in a increase in your insurance?
Well, apparently I'm allowed two "at fault" claims on my protected policy (this would apparently count as an "at fault" claim as the other party isn't known). I'll be getting a couple of quotes before I make a decision, as I suspect they will try and bump up my renewal even though I paid to protect my NCD. A claim will only be cost effective if the repair comes in at over £300.

I just loathe the idea of shelling out several hundred because some crim decided to illuminate their pathetic life for a moment by having a go at my car. I'm hardly well off.

Would be great if someone could answer my insurance questions re. wraps, as I quite like the idea, though I've not got a clue how insurance companies view them (e.g. a modification).
 

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I'm sure someone can answer you - I'd personally wrap it as what's stopping the same happening again? With a wrap you can replace it, and then if you need to get the bonnet resprayed before selling it.
 

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A bit of Googling has revealed a vinyl wrap specialist not far from where I live. Might give them a call (and check with the insurers to make sure they're not going to soil themselves). Thanks for the tip.
 

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The same happened to me bonnet got scratched, Honda quote £400 bonnet plus blend into wings local quote £200 respray bonnet only. As for the wrapping I have my roof done and there was no increase in the insurance.
 

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Well, apparently I'm allowed two "at fault" claims on my protected policy (this would apparently count as an "at fault" claim as the other party isn't known). I'll be getting a couple of quotes before I make a decision, as I suspect they will try and bump up my renewal even though I paid to protect my NCD. A claim will only be cost effective if the repair comes in at over £300.

I just loathe the idea of shelling out several hundred because some crim decided to illuminate their pathetic life for a moment by having a go at my car. I'm hardly well off.

Would be great if someone could answer my insurance questions re. wraps, as I quite like the idea, though I've not got a clue how insurance companies view them (e.g. a modification).
sorry matey the insurance part about your clain i am going to have to loeave it for someone else to answer. but as far as i am aware wrapping a car doesnt affect your insurance. you dont even have to tell your insurer even if you wrap the whole car in a different colour as its not a permanent thing. so you shouldnt have to worry about the bonnet wrap mate.
 

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JB I fully recommend putting up a CCTV system to see your whole drive and possibly the road because you never know if the same guy will come and do the same thing again. Its a well worth investment, I have 2 on the front of mine and you can't even see them ;).
Don't suppose you've any tips for device selection and installation?
I've been thinking of a simple IP camera facing out of my front window (which will see the whole drive), which I hope can connect via wireless to my router, then upload 10 second "trigger events" to a cloud account. I do work in IT but my experience of setting up IP cameras is nil.
 

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I'm thinking of wrapping mine and it doesn't damage the paintwork cause the guy at a Mits garage told us they did it to a whole evo x it protects the paint work. So you don't need to worry about that. I've since researched it and found out exactly the same everywhere its fine and anytime you want to remove it, its not to expensive either. ;-)
 

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BAD times dude this is shocking and if i was you CCTV for sure and consider wrappping as our little beauties love collecting stone chips and would defently do the job. with the sctrach befor wrapping wont they just fill it slightly???
 

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Well, apparently I'm allowed two "at fault" claims on my protected policy
Just because you don't lose your no claims don't think the premium won't go up.

You could easily go up a huge amount next year.

A few years ago I went down a huge pot hole in my dads car in the dark - a no fault accident - there was a 4 inch deep pot hole right in the main tyre line of the road after some heavy rain - blew out the tyre, trashed the steel (!) rims front and back caused £800 of damage to wheels and suspension. Had to have the vehicle recovered!! Insurance Company recovered all their costs back from the Council who eventually admitted liability.

MY OWN insurance on MY CAR went up from £320 to £480 the following year and everyone I rang either refused cover or gave increased quotes due to the accident.
 
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