wndsofchng06

1954 century sedan. GA to NC

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3 minutes ago, old-tank said:

Can you give us some details on the offer?  $$ to total?  Salvage:  who gets it?  $$ to repair?

It can be repaired.  The frame on those is weak behind the rear axle.  Pulling the frame back along with some body pulling will solve the fit of other areas.   That rear quarter may even be salvageable.  You have a source for parts.  Maybe a combination of best offer, some time in a body shop doing the rough-in and some work on your part learning how to do things.

They want to pay $5300 for the car, they gave me a phony repair quote for $2,000 (based on $46 an hr in a body shop) because their software doesn't go back that far and they said it's not worth a refined quote as it would exceed the value. They want $885 to buy back the car after total.  Most Body shops around here are $100 an hour or more. I know the car is repairable but at what cost? Plus with a salvage title then I'd be extra upside down in it. I am no good at body work and have zero desire to take on any more projects than I already have. If I can get them to go up a little higher then I'll use this for parts on the purple car I just bought and maybe go buy something else that I can drive now without a bunch more work.

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A quick search.

Double their offer and you keep the car.  Also tell them that your neck and back still hurt and you continuing to get that checked out (you are aren't you?)  Mention a TV lawyers' name.

1963: BOOM, my 55 Special was rear ended by a 59 Plymouth doing at least 50 mph.  Knocked me unconscious in the back seat.  Bent the trunk up to the rear window, RR quarter wrapped to nearly the door, gas tank flattened front to back, transmission and engine mounts broken and fan into radiator.  Had the frame and body pulled, replaced engine and transmission mounts.  I "straightened" the trunk lid and bumper with a sledge hammer.  Drove it another 200,000 miles (low oil pressure and engine knocking) --- my way to give the hoity toity  crowd the middle finger.  It was ugly but matched my empty wallet.  Still have it as an organ donor:  doors, dash, rear gears and some small parts on my convertible.

Body work?  Nobody is good at first.  I started with a door on my first project and worked my way around the car.  By the time I got back to that door, it looked pretty shabby compared to the most recent work.

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4 hours ago, wndsofchng06 said:

They want to pay $5300 for the car, they gave me a phony repair quote for $2,000 (based on $46 an hr in a body shop) because their software doesn't go back that far and they said it's not worth a refined quote as it would exceed the value. They want $885 to buy back the car after total.  Most Body shops around here are $100 an hour or more. I know the car is repairable but at what cost? Plus with a salvage title then I'd be extra upside down in it. I am no good at body work and have zero desire to take on any more projects than I already have. If I can get them to go up a little higher then I'll use this for parts on the purple car I just bought and maybe go buy something else that I can drive now without a bunch more work.

 

Sucks for sure.  Maybe accept the $5300.00.  Tell them buy back for $1.00.  Start parting the car out for additional cash.  Use this money for better upgrades on the purple passion 48D.  You know...ease in a 455!   Sorry this happened.   Simply sucks when another destroys one's ride for simply not driving alert.       

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4 minutes ago, avgwarhawk said:

 

Sucks for sure.  Maybe accept the $5300.00.  Tell them buy back for $1.00.  Start parting the car out for additional cash.  Use this money for better upgrades on the purple passion 48D.  You know...ease in a 455!   Sorry this happened.   Simply sucks when another destroys one's ride for simply not driving alert.       

 

Our, take the $5300.00.  Buy it back and not for what they are asking.  Sell the parts.   Search for the next Buick using the $5300.00+ to purchase.   It's out there...you will find it...you are always posting cars for sale!  

 

Maybe time to find a big fin Buick!  Big finned girls need loving too!  

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Just now, wndsofchng06 said:

I'm just not going to go down without a fight first though. Nothing extreme but I am going to try.

 

The worst they can say is "no".   Never now until you ask!  Keep the faith!  

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You might have to get your own quotes to show that theirs are crap.  I agree with Mr Willie.  Keep pushing.  Draw this thing out and buy it back for no more than 50.

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Remember this as well: when you buy back a car the insurance company totaled, you are saving them a bunch of money.  They don't want your car, but they will have to pay someone to pick it up, pay someone to store it, pay someone to sell it, and do all the paperwork associated with each step.  They would love to avoid that.  My experience is that most insurance companies are more than happy to sell it back to you for next to nothing.  If you make a compelling argument why they should do just that, there's a good chance they will.

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Settlement reached.  While it doesn't replace the fun I've had with this car it was better than the first offer.  Ive agreed to buy back the salvage ( for much less than I paid for some of the parts I've put on it) and will likely use this for car for parts for the purple 2-door. My cars will be getting hagerty from now on.

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@wndsofchng06 Good to hear you could reach a settlement, and keep the parts you can salvage.   It is still sad to see that car in that condition.  And wishing you more luck with the other car!

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Done!  Got my  check today will be paying the seller of my "new" 54 once it all clears. Lucy will give her front clip to my purple two door and maybe a few other bits.  Not going to advertise parts, but if anyone here had needs, let me know.

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