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Snapped coil spring- what happens now?


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Moosey
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Jan 11, 2017, 12:08 PM

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Hi everyone, I currently have a low mileage 12 reg Fiat Punto that is carefully and caringly driven by myself only. The other day, the coil spring suddenly and rather dramatically snapped (front passenger side). It snapped right down low by the 'cup' bit. Anyway my mechanic quoted 100 to replace both, with which I was fairly happy.

HOWEVER, he just came and towed it away and said 'umm, just to warn you this may actually cost several hundred pounds as it seems that there may be a lot of problems with it'. Why this sudden change of tune? What could possibly be wrong with it that would cost so much extra than the original quote?

Just to clarify, there is NO damage to tyres, alloys or anything else as far as two mechanics have told me so far, just suspension coil.

If you could let me know what is going on here I would really appreciate it, this is my first and beloved car and I am so stressed about what might happen Unsure


Hammer Time
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Jan 11, 2017, 12:45 PM

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  post locked   Re: Snapped coil spring- what happens now?  

How would we know why he said that? We don't know how honest he is. We don't know what he may have seen when he picked up the car.

This is the reason shops generally will not quote a price over the phone before seeing the vehicle. Because it may be an entirely different story after seeing the vehicle.



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Moosey
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Jan 11, 2017, 1:16 PM

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Yeah that's what I'm asking about; possibilities. Not a diagnosis. Honesty is the main factor I am concerned about here.


Hammer Time
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Jan 11, 2017, 1:19 PM

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We can't tell you what else may be wrong with your car. That's why you don't get prices over the phone, or over the Internet for that matter.

After the springs are replaced the car will need a wheel alignment and that can't be done unless the rest of the front end is in good shape.



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Moosey
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Jan 11, 2017, 1:26 PM

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I got it face to face, actually. It was on second visit that he said it may be more


Hammer Time
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Jan 11, 2017, 1:29 PM

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Quote
I got it face to face,


Well, now you got it face to car.



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Moosey
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Jan 11, 2017, 1:41 PM

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Yeah ta for all the useful advice Wink


Hammer Time
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Jan 11, 2017, 1:57 PM

Post #8 of 10 (171 views)
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Here's what you really need.........





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Moosey
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Jan 12, 2017, 4:01 AM

Post #9 of 10 (148 views)
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Yes... and I wouldn't dare to guess what it is that you need Smile


Hammer Time
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Jan 12, 2017, 5:33 AM

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Time to close this one.



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