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Old 18th August 2012, 23:09   #1
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Today evening, I was out with a friend when I saw THIS.

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Looks good, right? Now have a look at the rear end-

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Their "repair" technique was so interesting that I took a video. Watch and feel your skin crawl. The pictures are a bit blurry and the video is not high-res, so it may not be apparent- the car is CHAINED to the poor tree. And that's my friend going "niceee" at the end. This happened in Thane on 18/08/12.

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Not even registered?Is it a factory/transit damaged vehicle? Will this be sold at some discounted price?

Whatever it is, it is shocking!
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Old 18th August 2012, 23:28   #3
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I'd guess it has been in quite a collision- the registration plate is red and white, MH-15-TC xxxx. Thane is MH-04. Strangely enough, the front badge is missing- for such a new vehicle.
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i could not understand the motive behind this. Even if the bumper / rear holding plate is straightened out, I dont think it will pass off easily to even an uninformed, unsuspecting buyer. IT would be evident that it met with an accident

Maybe the aim was to make it "driveable" to the workshop. My santro was rear ended and guess waht i was quoted 7000/- by a towing company to take it to RTO inspector and then to workshop. Hardly 15 kms in total, i was quoted 7000/. I switched on the hazard light and drove @ 15 kmph to the workshop.
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Old 18th August 2012, 23:46   #5
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The car was eminently drivable- I would know, the two very rude men in the car asked me to move my vehicle when they got to their favourite tree. And this place is right IN FRONT OF a garage, and a few people started working on the car from said garage. They railroaded the car several times this way. I only managed to capture one instance, 'cause I didn't want to pick a fight, and taking pics and video surreptitiously was difficult.
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Looks Distressing and crude. I have never seen anything like this before. Once a metal folds the strength is gone if made flat again , i think . I dont get it why they are even attempting what they are doing?
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Maybe someone can shed some light on the number plate- if it is a car waiting to be sold, then Hyundai needs to be informed/warned. I don't know what the TC number stands for- Trade Certificate? Test Car? I always see test drive vehicles with the red and white plates, but recently sold but unregistered vehicles also have similar plates I think.

This seems to be a crude technique- not unlike hammering bearings into wheels and hubs.
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the registration plate is red and white, MH-15-TC xxxx.
Number plate says TN-15 TC-512. Probably it was some dealer's demo car. Tamilnadu members can identify may be.
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It is most definitely MH-15 TC-512. This other picture should make the plate clearer- I had to drop quality to upload on Team-BHP and stick to the file size limit without losing resolution.

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Regardless of whether it's a demo car or personal vehicle, encouragement of such repair techniques is plainly wrong- would you really want to sit in a car whose rear will collapse at the next collision?
For those people who think this might've been a quick way to remove the bumper- there was no bumper. They were trying to straighten out the metal part behind it. And the car STOPS when the chain loses slack. No fiber bumper could withstand that.
This is probably the case where a roadside mechanic may not be the best choice to "repair" your car.

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It could be a case where a person's driver/mechanic was trying to reduce the visible extent of the damage. Maybe the driver/mech just rammed the new vehicle and then started this weird technique to make the rear look less damaged.
No W/S would try to repair like this for sure, they have mush better ways.
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What are they doing? Its a clear case of raping a car as well as the environment.
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This is the old version i20, I doubt if its a new car.
Hyundai emblem on the front grill is also missing.
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This is the old version i20, I doubt if its a new car.
Hyundai emblem on the front grill is also missing.
It is indeed an older version of i20. Emblem missing either it was nicked or being new it was not put on or masked up.

The front end seems to give a look as it is new and was rear ended during transit or may be it was damaged while unloading from a truck. Chaining the car as to not being stolen
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Their "repair" technique was so interesting...
Not an uncommon practice for unequipped garages pretending to be body shops. Had seen this technique used elsewhere, though with a heavy chain, not a flimsy wire rope like this. The history and possible future of the car would be a different story altogether!
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I don't know whether it was a new car or not, but it was definitely unregistered (red plates), and it was chained only for this "repair", the chains were then removed. Who would even want to steal this car? It stands out like a sore thumb!
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