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I’ve seen this discussion here many times. Never thought it would happen to me. Was on the highway, and there was a massive rock. I didn’t swerve in time and the car went over the rock. I got a spare clam at home so that’s fine.

I found some damage on the lower wishbone pickup point. Attached are the photos. I don’t want to write it off thru insurance as I spent countless hours on my mods. I brought it to a lotus specialist and their lead mechanic told me it won’t be repairable “according“ to lotus, but in his opinion it’s safe to drive and won’t cause much issues. I would like to ask for you blokes opinions before I make a decision.
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Doesn't seem too bad to me brother.

My S1 was implied in a small front wheel collision before my ownership and some glue peeled near a suspension pickup point. For the last 6 years, the damage hasn't progressed by a mm. And I track the car on semis.
 

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Sorry to hear about your unfortunate incident.
Yes that’s repairable,try a airframe mechanic.That mount could be drilled and tapped from the sheet metal side.Then some glue and a small screw to hold it together.Reinforcements can be glued then screwed or riveted together. The repairs may not look pretty but you can achieve the structural integrity required.
 

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It looks like you are in Australia. I am not sure of the laws around titles and insurance there.

While you are likely okay to drive and track the car with that damage, you need to consider the ability to sell the car in the future. You may not be able to find a buyer and any buyer would want a significant reduction in the transaction price. If you are concerned about this you should file an insurance claim. In the US, if you filed a claim for something like this, the car would be totaled, but you would have the option to buy the car back from the insurance company for the salvage value.
 
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