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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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I agree with you, pretty hard to find. Don't know associated with a TATA or not, but on the Indian site spare parts for XJ is available, I have several times ordered pradva shipping lasts a long time. A month ago I bought the ac compressor - boodmo.com although has not been able to find it.
 
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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.
I just stumbled on to this discussion, and after having gone through dealing with a wreck, I agree with the above comments. Almost 3 years ago, my wife was stopped at a red light, and was plowed into, by a non-attentive jackass. The resultant impact, sent her into the car in front of her, so our gorgeous XJ-L was crunched on both ends.

The initial damage estimate, done by the local Jaguar dealer's body shop, was close to $20,000. However, as mentioned above, not all shops are equipped to repair aluminum bodied cars. Therefore, the car was "flat bedded" 400 miles, to a "high end" shop, one that specialized in aluminum repairs. After they did a THOROUGH examination of the car, the repair estimate swelled to $38,000. At that point, the car was declared a total loss. The split was about 50/50, for parts and labor. Just to give you an example, the RH muffler/pipe assembly, which was "crunched", was $450.

Although my wife and I wouldn't have wanted the car back, no matter how well it was repaired, given the extent of the damage, we were just about in tears, looking at it after it was hit, and were VERY sad to have lost it. At the time, although it was 4 years old, it had never seen winter, and had only 12,600 miles on it.
 
 
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