Sporty Jazz !

COSTS:

Car: £934.40

Rear bumper bracket £17.42

Paint £45.60

Clips £4.35

Parking sensors: £7.99

MOT: £35

You don’t come across these often:¬†a late¬†first generation Honda Jazz with the added rarity of it being a ‘Sport’ model, revered moreover because of its true automatic transmission which is highly distinguished from the subsequent semi-automatic version. Furthermore, it had only 43,000 ish miles on the clock which I confirmed using one car history website. When I arrived for collection, it was unceremoniously being dragged with its front bumper¬†scraping¬†the ground. My mind started¬†to¬†calculate an ever increasing repair cost as splash guards and engine undertray were being folded and split to an oblivious fork-lift driver as I tragically held up one side of its dragging front bumper. An evaluation: cracked and split front bumper with a poorly painted rear bumper that had had an impact¬†on one side showing an impression of one bumper bracket through the bumper skin. Happily, a reconnection of the battery helped it start first time and it sounded healthy justifying its low mileage. Some grommets secured the bumper with a fluid and tyre check¬†then we¬†were ready to roll safely without the help of a recovery truck saving me ¬£60. Jokingly,¬†a ” Wigan till I pie” sticker¬†stuck¬†on¬†one corner of the rear windscreen showing that it had been locally owned – that would¬†be removed to increase its valuation forthwith!

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It wasn’t difficult to remove the rear bumper as some plastic studs were missing and it looked like it had had a bodged job – aren’t all rear end repairs bodged? Copper orange colour showed where the blue paint had¬†flaked away¬†revealing no¬†keying of the surface beneath which explained why. The rear driver’s box section had been knocked out without a¬†hydraulic pull as there was a faint dent on the rear wing by a slight bulge where it had been filled.

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That rear bumper had parking sensors in but no wiring attached as it had been a replacement part but Honda wiring was extortionate so a surf around one popular website sourced parking sensors for ¬£7.99! I was as surprised as anyone else and was expecting to receive an inferior product. Here’s the clever part: the sensors each plug into a control unit as well as a visual bar display that¬†showed distances from the object and the current supplied to power the circuit¬†came from the reversing light so a very simple process.

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Some welding of the split undertrays with a soldering iron salvaged plastics although the toxic fumes sent my head in a spin. All in all, the repair was easy but I should have taken a sample of the paint colour to show the shop as I was given a shade apart; the Jazz Sport has its own shade that is different to the standard Jazz.

The Jazz sold quickly and proved that the purchase and repair netted a good result because all of the work except a re-MOT had been done by yours truly.

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Words and photos are copyright of Sotiris Vassiliou

November 2017