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Old 10-31-2018, 11:24 AM
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In searching 2016 XJís, there appear to be many that have been repaired that result in branded titles. Some accidents appear to be somewhat minor, but they result in branded titles as well. If Iím correct in my thinking, a branded title results from the insurance company ďtotalingĒ the car. So, my question concerns the cost to repair an all aluminum body and hence the cost of insurance. Are such repairs extreme relative to other autos? Thanks.
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Great question. My thought is that while Jaguar has become more mainstream under Tata Motors, the XJ is still is small volume car when compared to other cars and as such cannot hold any value once driven off the lot. Small volume cars = small aftermarket and higher parts costs.

The book value plunges rapidly. I don't know that aluminum bodied vehicle repairs command that much of a premium as Ford introduced them in Jaguar and employs an aluminum body on the F150.
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Don't know about your market but in OZ an aluminium body doesn't seem to have any increased premium as has been the case in my 2000 Range Rover.
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ALuminum bodies require a lot more work to repair. You can't use just any welder to reattach stuff. The process to weld the parts together is much more involved (ie, can only weld small seems at a time to prevent warping the panel). So, the hours to make even a simple repair go up dramatically. Then you have the extra training to know what you can and cannot do with these aluminum bodies. This all results in more costs for a shop and therefore a high bill to you. The F-150 guys are seeing the same sort of issue when they get damage on the skins of their trucks. It would not surprise me if it is not cheaper to simply replace the whole bed than to fix a decent amount of body panel damage.
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Don't forget that the sophisticated electronics, sensors and sensors of sensors contribute to the cost to replace, reprogram, etc. So it's not just the body panels that have gone through the roof, but all of the safety and comfort items that drive up the cost. Rarely will an insurance company allow use of used or donor parts from other wrecks, so everyone except you gets a markup.
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