Review: Mitsubishi Galant (1997 – 2003)

Rating:

Thoroughly engineered, well-equipped family car with in-built durability. A comfortable, refined drive for the money.

Problems with autoboxes. Even minor body damage could work out expensive.

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1 October 1999 Engine range widened

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1 January 1997 All-new larger Galant launched

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Mitsubishi Galant (1997 – 2003): At A Glance

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Why is this accident management company asking for my credit card details after an accident?

Yesterday I was involved in a very minor bump and I rang my insurers (Saga). They took all details and then suddenly handed me over to someone from "Claimfast". He said that he could arrange the repair of my car and also the replacement loan car during the repair. He then asked for either my credit card or debit card details. I remember reading in your Saturday features about excessive car hire charges and immediately told him that I will contact him at a later time. I am concerned that he said my car could be picked up this morning, and that a hire care would be brought out to me. I have visions of my car sitting for weeks on end before any attempt to repair it and that I would be landed with a massive bill should the insurance company not cover the cost. Am I right to be worried? My second concern is that my car, a Mitsubishi Galant Estate V6 I have owned from new for nine years and has only 68,000 miles on the clock, has sustained damage to front and rear wings, nearside rear passenger door and scuffs to front passenger door. The damage is not extensive but I fear that because the car is not valued at very much, the insurance company may write it off, owing to the cost of repairs. How do I stop this and what course of action should I take?
Don't give your credit or debit card details because what can happen is they put you in an expensive hire car, for which you are ultimately liable (that's why they want your credit card) and then delay the repair, extending the period of the hire. If your or the other party’s insurer refuses to pay the outrageous hire car rate, you are left liable and if you've given them your credit card details they simply nick it from your card account. Nice, eh? A sensible insurer will allow you to get reasonable local quotes for repair of your car because that excludes credit hire operations posing as ‘accident management specialists’ from performing this sort of rip-off. Despite the fact that credit hire is one of the main reasons for huge increases in insurance premiums, there seems to be little enthusiasm within government to outlaw it. Maybe too many fingers in the pie.
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