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About 39BuickEight

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  1. I searched for wire on months ago and called 5-6 places. Most said only 1-2 places even make it anymore and it’s getting nearly impossible to get. You can contact restoration specialties. They said they can get it. They sent me samples.
  2. They are advertising it is as run and drive verified:
  3. Like any business it depends on the individual you have to deal with. Insurance companies do have their desired markets, for example Hagerty and Geico are not after the same customers with the same needs, and therefore price their products and handle claims accordingly. After that, you have some great claims employees and some bad ones at every company.
  4. Yes. In most states (of course insurance can differ by state) an estimate that is over 75% (I know some are 100%) of the value of the vehicle means its a total loss. There are also variations of that. Here in Kentucky, for example, airbag costs don't have to count in that. A "normal" total loss would be, say, a $10,000 car with over $7500 in damage. The insurance company pays the $10,000, sells the salvage for, say, $1500, and thus are out $8500 on the claim at the end. On a constructive total loss, you might have a $10,000 car with only $4000 in damage. Either the owner (because they don't want the car fixed for any number of reasons) will ask it to be a total loss, or the insurance company, if they know the salvage is valuable, might ask the owner if they would rather total it. If the car appears to be worth more than $6000 as it sits damaged, then paying the $10,000 and selling if for $6000 would net the same result and everybody is happy. That's a risk they take that it's actually going to sell for $6000. It's very easy to predict what popular late model cars sell for as there is plenty of auction data on them. It gets more difficult to predict what a car like this Reatta would sell for because there isn't any data on this type of car with this mileage selling any time recently, or maybe ever. Generally, the insurance adjuster wants the owner to be happy and will do what they can defend to their superiors as making sense, in order to settle the claim.
  5. From a guy who works as an auto adjuster for an insurance company, you never know what customer demands and calculations are done behind the scenes. For example, the insurance company could have talked themselves into doing a constructive total loss, thinking (correctly or not) that a strong salvage return would make it worthwhile-especially if the insured is agreeable. You never know. This is also why some incredible deals can be found at these auctions. Not all cars are there because of excessive damage.
  6. I don’t think a salvage title would matter to a buyer looking for this car in the future, especially with proper documentation. If there were a lot full of them, then sure. The older a car is, the less of an issue a branded title becomes. For example, completely restored cars are obviously rebuilt, but often have clear titles. The quality of an older car as it sits is what defines it.
  7. It’s crazy how the car is a different color depending on the light. Garage door closed vs. garage door open. No wonder there are so many “variations” of sequoia cream.
  8. Outside is basically done other than lights, wheels, and running boards. I have an ugly center front bumperette, and only the one good small one, so it’s in the middle for now. The rear photo is an awful angle. Makes the car look twisted lol.
  9. A “job” very well done. If you are ever needing to stop over in the middle of KY along I-75, let me know. I have plenty of room for an Airstream in the driveway, and plenty of bourbon in the cabinet.
  10. And some do both like my local one here in Lexington, KY. Certain lots are dealer only while others are not. As an insurance adjuster, I send cars there weekly, but I can’t figure out how they sort them (or why some cars are expensive while others aren’t).
  11. I bought a cheap part car out of state without putting my eyes and hands on it, but also after communicating with the seller for months. If I was spending $20,000, I would have made a trip to see it myself first.
  12. The wheels themselves don’t make it any worse, it’s the tire diameter. You can put equivalent original diameter tires on 15” wheels and get the same result. For wheels I would call Dave Tacheny. I don’t have his number handy, but if you search his name you will find it in other discussions, and/or someone else will probably reply with it soon.
  13. It appears to be a beautiful car under the dust. Put some air in the tires and clean it, and hope she runs. It may or may not be worth getting it to drive, but it likely would be worth getting it to start and run.
  14. I’d say it’s fairly valuable even broken.
  15. Finally got the car back from the painter after he blended the doors on both sides. The right front and left rear were a shade off. It took him a while because he works at a speed reflective of what he charged me. Today I started back on assembly with the driver side trim and front end.