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PostPosted: Mon Feb 27, 2012 5:04 pm    Post subject:  Hit a tree, what's my best option? Reply with quote

So I slipped around a corner on a gravel road, and hit a tree. What seems like my best option here? Fix it straight up, buy a car with a bad engine and swap mine into it, sell it for parts and buy a new car? Other ideas?

I'm going home over spring break next week and I'll be able to deal with this now (it happened in October)

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 27, 2012 5:08 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Assuming the mileage in your garage is correct, I'd say junk it and move on.

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 27, 2012 5:23 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Avoid trees in the future is probably your best bet.

Why would you buy a junked car and swap, are you highly modified?

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 27, 2012 5:53 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Looks like a lot of damage, but my impala was rear ended while my dad was driving and the trunk likd/tail lights were pushed up so far it was right on the trunk side of the back seat.

(thankfully it was a high truck, so there was no frame damage just the rear quarter panels, trunk, etc. (just body parts)

if you don't have damage to anything else it shouldn't be too bad to fix, but if its going to be a lot, prob not worth it.

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 27, 2012 7:13 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

chibiblacksheep wrote:
Avoid trees in the future is probably your best bet.

Laughing ^ This.
chibiblacksheep wrote:

Why would you buy a junked car and swap, are you highly modified?

I'm confused about this too... 164 rounds listed?

Being that this sat unfixed... I'm left to assume you have no insurance to cover sliding around a corner and into a tree, yes?
I'd say your best bet would be to part it out, unless you have a body shop connection.. that has chop shop connections. I'd say it's time for a replacement LS if so desired.

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 27, 2012 7:24 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Were you driving uninsured or has insurance denied your claim?

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 27, 2012 7:28 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Looks like you did more than slip. I'd junk it and move on.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 27, 2012 8:04 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Looks like the tree hit you more than you hit the tree! How fast was this tree going looks like ~40mph? must have been one drunk tree not to see all that gravel...

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 27, 2012 8:14 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Damn pink elephants...j/k glad your ok. I would have to say there is more damage than meets the eye. Looks like the whole rear end is shifted. You should post up your location.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 27, 2012 8:17 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Ive seen less damaged cars at the junk yard

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 27, 2012 8:37 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Lingenfelter wrote:
Were you driving uninsured or has insurance denied your claim?

You're missing option 3... just carrying liability insurance.
k6ng6r00 wrote:
Looks like the tree hit you more than you hit the tree! How fast was this tree going looks like ~40mph? must have been one drunk tree not to see all that gravel...

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 27, 2012 9:37 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

It was in fact liability only. I'm here looking for information on what my possibilities are, not so much to tell stories. thanks for the responses that were on topic, looks like I will just sell this for what its worth and buy a new vehicle.

Now my question is, what do you feel like this is worth? Sold seperatly as parts or together as a whole. I live in central missouri.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 27, 2012 10:32 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Not much. You'll probably get a few hundred bucks out of it if you take it a junk yard and you'll probably make a little more if you sell it on Craiglist. You'd maximize your cash inflow if you part it yourself, but that takes time.

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 27, 2012 10:34 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Yep, that sux Sad

Value - tough to say. Assuming mileage is still at 164k, and that you have a moonroof ($300), the NADA rough trade-in value is $2250, and I'd say that's fairly rough! Laughing But no dealer would give you anything for it, unless you damn near gave it to them. I'm thinking if you got $1000 for it private party, cut your losses and run with it, but don't be too offended when the lower offers come in... like $500 less. That's just my thoughts though, so take it w/a grain of salt. You're definitely better off parting it out if you can.

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 27, 2012 11:53 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

stud, considering you've been a member for about 18 months and 25% of your posting total is on this thread, i'd say that's license to pick on you a bit. Laughing parting out a vehicle takes time, not to mention tolerant neighbors if you are going to leave your car within eyesight. you'd also be smart to consider what your local ordinances are with regards to immobile vehicles on property before selling off the rims, etc. the crap shoot with just liability is accepting the fact you may get to just walk away from a car with very little if anything to show for it should a tree happen to b*tch slap your imp. good luck with whatever path you go with your ride. peace, john

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