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Old 10-20-2013, 08:40 PM
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Should I fix this Olds?

Hey all

This is my wife and daughters daily summer driver.... pretty much a perfect Cape Cod car... not a hot rod but the girls love it...and I have been caught driving it once or twice !!!


My wife was two blocks from the house last week and a CARLOAD of 17 year old girls ran a stop sign and pretty much ruined everyone's day... luckily no one was hurt except the Olds.... door gaurd beam did a good job...

So it has 88,000 original miles, was a Florida car with no rust, and I have over maintained it... pretty much a perfect older fun car for the girls.

The passenger door is toast and the RR quarter and pillar post are sucked in more than a few inches. Quarter might pull out but lots of metalworking needed. Book value on this car is fairly low and is only 4200 even with the low mileage... I'm thinking they will want to total it.

Should I just let it go and buy something else ? Make them give me a contract price and try and fix it ? I have driven it a few hundred miles and mechanically it is fine...

It would be put away for the winter anyhow but wasnt on the project list...

Interior, mechanical are 99% perfect... trying not to whine... it could have been the five year Blazer project....

Mike B


PS I have a passenger door that I bought two years ago that is perfect, thought I might need the window or door handle one day.
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Old 10-20-2013, 08:47 PM
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I don't see why you would hesitate to fix it. Seems to be a nice little car. What would it cost you to replace it?

Now, Get to work.

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X2 on that , looks like any easy fix to keep it going. Take the totaled cash with a buy back option .
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looks cool, i say its a keeper
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I would fix it, no sense in letting a good car get crushed.
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I would fix it
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One site you can check out for replacement parts (that you dont have) for that car would be Car-Part.com--Used Auto Parts Market
Then when you find what you're after, give the place a quick call to check on the color. Most places on that site will ship it for you.

Personally? if its not too expensive, sure I'd fix it. If its over $1500-2k... that a toughy as those older Olds dont sell for much, within good reason.
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Old 10-22-2013, 03:40 PM
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It sounds to me that you and the girls have a love for the car. In that vein, I would hold the feet of the insurance adjuster to the fire and insist that they fix it.

This happened to me several years ago. I was driving my wife's CJ5 Jeep (her favorite all-time ride) when a driver turned left in front of me and I T-Boned him. The insurance company wanted to total it, but my wife put up such a hissy-fit that they finally ended up fixing it. Market value of the Jeep....$4500. Cost to fix....$7500.
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Olds

Good opinions, thank you....

My hesitation is the pillar post and the quarter, it's MUCH worse than it appears in the pic....I'll see if I can get a better pic tomorrow of the 1/4 damage.

I am leaning towards having a shop do the pull on the pillar and 1/4 amd see how it looks. Invest a few hundred and see where we are at.

My own insurance company appraiser can write me a check for about 2 grand.. any more and it becomes a "constructive " total. Trying to avoid a salvage title.

Stlll waiting on the OP insurance company....insurance was in the 17 year old girls name..BUT her company needs to get permission to talk to her since she is a minor.. and no one at that end is returning any calls... what a system !!!!

Color will be a challenge..took me two tries to get the Blazer right....probably take me 4 tries to do metallic blue with CC...

Mike B
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I would fix the car it dont look to be that bad the quarter has some damage but not that bad and replace the door and your ready for paint and as the paint goes you will need to blend the fender to make it match and your ready to go
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Olds body pull

Decided to go for it.... local shop that I have sold some equipment to is going to set up a body pull and rough it out for me.... have to see how it pulls out...
Then I get to learn how to hang a HEAVY door and spray metallic.....

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Yep, repair it, doesn't matter what the value is to the insurance co. It's a really nice, low mileage car that would be hard to replace on an equal level.

Like techinspector said, the other parties insurance is liable for the repair. Don't take a low-ball offer from them.
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See if u can get the girlmor her guardian to cover the cost of repair out of pocket and drop the claim. Better for her and you if they total it. If you take a check from the ins and keep posession then have it repaired you need a repair title then after fix need an inspection for a salvaged titkle. Not the safety inspection but a mechanicle inspection which is performed by the registry at certain locations on certain days. All a hassel. BTDT
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Olds

Thanks Bob...

I didn't have them total it... my insurance company paid me for repairs and waived the deductible, they will go after the other insurance company... If we need a supplement I'll get it from them. So at this point it's a straight repair .. no total involved... but thank you for the thought....the only requirement from my insurance company is proof of repair to put collision insurance back on- the appraiser agreed it was far too nice a car to total....they couldn't have been nicer.... great surprise !!!!

Dropped it off to get pulled yesterday... shop is going to do the heavy pulling and hang the door.... I am looking forward to painting it... shop owner is sounding like he will let me use his booth and will guide me through the paint process.... he really likes what I did with the Blazer and has turned into one of those customers that are more like a friend... so a negative may turn into a positive experience....

Mike B
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It's very satisfying to see a good plan come together.
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