I had some sad news today. My son-in-law Adam has had an accident in my old Golf GTi PD150. Only a low speed incident and no one injured (thank goodness), but the Golf is likely to be written off because repair costs will exceed the valuation. I passed the Golf onto him a couple of years ago, when I purchased the 330d. It was then 12 years old and in immaculate condition. It had given me faultless and reliable service since buying it as a new import (via Denmark) in 2002. But in the 2 years that my son-in-law has had the car, it has turned into an 'old banger'. It has not had the love and care that it deserved and looked it's age. All cosmetic as it still drove perfectly well. The accident was partly my daughter's fault. They were leaving home with my two grandchildren to spend the weekend away in Abersoch. They had only driven a couple of miles, and my daughter was apparently distracting Adam about something or other and he didn't notice that the traffic had stopped, and hit the vehicle in front. They managed to drive back home and pick up their other car, so did not miss out on the weekend away. The damage to the front offside has pushed the bodywork back such that the driver's door will not open. So it is almost definitely a write-off. It wasn't my car any more but I feel sad that one of the best cars that I've owned is now headed for the scrap heap.