Broken exhaust on Mercedes SLK - what's the cheapest fix?

My wife drives a 2004 Mercedes-Benz SLK 200, with 73,000 miles on the clock. It is in decent condition, but last week my wife ran over a gate closing device and damaged the exhaust. The whole exhaust has been pushed back and the securing brackets are bent and loose.

My local Mercedes dealer reckons the whole system needs replacing and has quoted £1400. Can you offer any advice on how to get this done at a lower cost?

Asked on 25 September 2013 by David Snell

Answered by Honest John
Find an independent exhaust specialist who can repair the existing system. But you might be able to claim on insurance, so check your policy first.
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