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Old 11-25-2006, 12:14 AM
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Crashed car, opinions/ advice needed!

Hello. I have a 1986 Grand Prix, in good running order. The body is pretty good, some rust and dents, but meh. It has either 100k's or just into the 2's, but the interior is great.

I hit a pole in a snow storm, going about 40 kilometers/hour. ICBC (our provinces bull**** insurance company) will probably right off the car, and I figure they might give me 1000 for it.

The car needs a new front clip, bumber, fender and grille. I beleive all this will cost more than 1000 dollars.

Do I take what they give me(even though the car is in great shape), or try to repair it?

Thanks guys.

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Old 11-25-2006, 06:27 AM
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They will likely offer you book value for the car, check HERE by no means is it 100% accurate but it should get you in the ball park.
Because of the age of the car they most likely will let you keep it, then do as you like.
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Not to be rude, but if they offer you a grand, you should probably take it and run.
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What you have now is essentially is a high milage car with only a good interior. Those cars in good shape don't go for all that much as far as I am aware. My brother had a bit newer one with a 305? and it was in really good shape and I had just did bodywork and put a new paint job on it. He got only $1700 for it when he sold it soon after. That was quite a few years ago and didn't have all that high of milage. If you could get the car back from the insurance company, If you like that type of car, I think you would be better picking up another in good shape and swap in your interior and take off some parts to keep for spares, and see what you can part out from it. This is just my opinion, but unless you can do a lot of the repairs yourself and its what you really want, I think that would be the best bet for that particular car and what you have at this point. If repairs, which they likely will, come to more then 75 percent of the bluebook value of the car they will likely salvage it. And if you do recieve a salvage title and do the repairs to make it pass and give n a rebuilt title, If you were to sell that would really bring down the value. It may only been a minor accident on something without a lot of value to cause it to get branded salvage, but someone seeing rebuilt on the title isn't going to know what caused it, and will likely think the worst.
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if its a good running car, argue the value of it up with the ins company, then buy it back off them (should be like $250 considering the age / miles) and slap a junkyard front end on it

should cost you about $500 to buy it back and put it back together if your thrifty

then sell it for $750, or drive the wheels off it till it finaly dies

ps: i had the same car, and it wouldnt die, even without any oil or coolant, most i ever got it to do was knock slightly while driving around town
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Hmmm...High milage? Its only half what it should be at max, isn't it? I should include I am talking about kilometeres here.

I love the car, and don't plan on getting rid of it. But I also have a Monte I love, and I could put the money into that...
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