Please no more snow and Compact in same sentence!!, was not a good time. Perhaps just my combination of tyres/wheels but even ½" snow rendered the car useless. I just can't imagine how bad it was up north and Bigbenstrikes way, if we get it bad like that again I'll consider joining the AWD club. (Not got the room to have a set of winter tyres see)
Keep us updated with your repairs, hope you don't find any places "trying it on" like I reckon I've probably found!!