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wrecked my once beautiful 540i....is this worth fixin'
i hit a patch of mud on NY's TACONIC STATE PKWY after saturdays monsoon,
and this is the result. all i can say is this is a testament of GERMAN STEEL
i hit several times on all four corners and I didn't get a scratch
Hey, if the insurance totals her out, see if you can buy it back for like $150 bucks like my friend did, then he used it for parts and parting out until he just sent the rest to a junkyard. Sorry to hear about your loss.
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Originally posted by ///Matt@Apr 8 2005, 08:15 AM I'd say it's dead...but like drifts said, buy it back and part it out.
Car blue books for nearly 11 grand in good condition.
It would take $5k in damage to total it. Which you have exceeded.
Does th einsurnace company know that this happened yet? Also, are you 100% positive that the chassis is still straight? If you can search the forums for people parting out their car's and buy the body panels from them and do paint work your self, it's totally worth fixing and you wont have a salvage title.
If you can't or don't want to do the work yourself and / or the insurance company knows about it, it's not worth it anymore as there will be practically no resale value later.
Is your engine still good? tranny? is it auto or manual? I think if you sold it by parts youll get a lot more from it.. It may take a little longer, but I'd rather do that than scrap it for a few bucks.. And if the engine is fine, I could take it off your hands
I went to a junk yard that specializes in import cars. Sitting there was a "5" with Zenon lights. Yahoo! I thought, my ship has come in. So I dashed down to ask how much the guy wanted for them. He said he wouldn't sell it to me because he could get more for the entire front end.
Your car is very repairable, I know it looks bad, but the damage is almost all in one location, with scrapes (easily repaired) along the sides. I am willing to bet even if you get rid of the car, it gets rebuilt and put back on the market.
Where you will take a hit is at resell, when many will be afraid of it because it was in a collision. At my local Bimmer dealership, a "5" was on sale for the longest time. It looked great but had the original same damage as yours. The motor was new and had only 10,000 miles on it though the car was a 1999. The car did eventually sell, but people were nervous of the collision damage creating problems for them.
I would find out what insurance covers and you have to pay, then go from there. Once repaired, your car will look like new because of the extensive repaint that will have to be done.
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