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Jetta 2003 water in the drivers side

I was involved in an accident drivers side front. After repairing the car. I am getting water when it rains. It seems to be only on the drivers side front and back floor. It never happened prior to the accident but the shop insist that it is the cowl panel which shows signs of being worn out. The shop says it is not accident related however, this never happened before the accident. I am getting a 2nd opinion soon but I wonder does this make sense other than maybe the shop did something worng. It is just too much of a coincidence...any thoughts!!!

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    How bad was the accident and what did they have to replace/fix?



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