RE: A PRIVATE seller on Autotrader
Looks more like a 'trade' advert to me from the style of photos and description. You can claim 'private' if you sell less than 3 cars a year (I think that's the general rule) so maybe this is a dealership shifting its unsellable Fluence? If it is a genuine private sale then it says something quite troubling - if I needed to sell a Fluence I'd ask Renault to take it back, and I'd happily suffer a £1000 depreciation, or maybe more, because of the hassle of the battery etc.. So I guess that implies Renault see these as worth little more than 5k right now.[hr]
Zelee - it's possible you've had the first ever UK Fluence accident!
Glad you are OK. Sounds like it is repairable if it has missed the main chassis components and drivetrain. The real question is whether anyone will want to repair it and instead offer an uncompetitive repair cost.
Without remotely defending the other driver, the standard of the public roads these days is atrocious with degraded surface, signage, road markings, etc.. In my opinion, a conscientious driver could still become distracted and make a mistake with all these extra things to have to deal with, together with the volume of traffic. I do not think the standard 3 second amber is long enough in today's reality, especially at junctions with zero time between the different legs into the junctions (all timings cut short to get more traffic through the junction). So I always treat a green light as a 'give way' and always have a look before presuming to carry on. I guess you will too in the future!!![hr]
I'd like to get a permanent DVR going in all my cars, but it seems such an effort to install such things. I think all new cars should now be required to have a permanent, tamperproof video camera installed and recording at all times. It would cost buttons to install this during manufacture. I would bet the standard of driving would get a lot better!!