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They've written my 986 off

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On 12.5.2017 at 10:29 AM, chrishak said:

Last Sunday my 986 was 'T' boned at a quiet junction 200 yds from home. I was turning right from a quiet road into a quieter one and the elderly gent who wanted to turn right out of the second road didn't see me. As I started to turn, he started to pull out, raming tge rear qtr of my car and STILL not realising I was now atrached to the front of his Passat, kept turning! As his car climbed up the back of my car (and I was looking at the underside thinking 'this is going to hurt if it drops on my roof') he realised something was amiss. Fortunately his car dropped down alongside mine and though a bit shaken, neither of us were hurt.

To cut a long story short, the damage to my car is a heavy scrape along the door, a quite severely dented rear qtr. panel, a damaged wheel and scuffed bumper. It seems to drive fine and there are no fluids leaking. However, as it's a '99 car, albeit an 'S', I wasn't surprised (but I was disappointed) when they decided it is a CAT C write-off.

The car has a full service history (with my local OPC since I've owned it), had a service and MOT last week, I fitted two new radiators and condensers last month (so the air-con works perfectly). It had a new (glass window) roof and 4 new Conti Sports fitted last year. It has done 101k miles but drives well and the engine is great. The Ocean Blue bodywork prior to the accident was good, with just a few stone-chips letting it down.

Yesterday I was offered a total loss value of £4200 which I thought was a derisory offer and turned down. Was I right to do so or am I over-valuing the car at £5000+? Any comments?

Take the offer - you will surely get about 1.600 in addition... 

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On 17.5.2017 at 8:30 AM, John T said:

Stick to your guns and the price you believe to be fair, don't be pressured into accepting a low price and good luck ;)

Look, you can sell on the car and I trust that you would get another 1,600 GBP without some fancy "ad campaign". 

A good friend needs a S's engine, electromics and manual gearbox. 

 

He has a super 986 2.5 (already with the S's brakes

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3 hours ago, hs0zfe said:

Look, you can sell on the car and I trust that you would get another 1,600 GBP without some fancy "ad campaign". 

A good friend needs a S's engine, electromics and manual gearbox. 

 

He has a super 986 2.5 (already with the S's brakes

I believe total loss value means they take the car away. He'd have to then ask to buy the car back to part it out if they let him. Some insurers have deals with salvage company's.

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The saga is over. Following an inspection by an 'independant assessor' Admiral upped their offer by £800 from which they wouldn't budge so I negotiated a fair price with the 3rd party's insurer and bought the scrap back which I sold at cost to a friend who runs an indy in Dorset. He's repairing to use as a courtesy car so I'm pleased that it's going to live on rather than being broken - I really loved that car!

Anyway, onwards and upwards. With the money in the bank and with an open mind about spec. (essentials were; 'S', not silver, preferably south of the Thames, reasonable history) I started the search for a replacement. Whittling the selection down to four cars, first up was a local Lapis Blue 50k miler at £5.5k. Really nice car except that it immediately needed 3 tyres, a new rear screen and a pas. window regulator, so I passed on that one. Then I planned a 350 mile round-robin to view 3 cars, coincidentally all Seal grey and the contrasts between the three were clear...one was in excellent condition, the other two were probably mechanically sound but had far too many scuffs, scrapes, dings dents etc. In his defence, one of the vendors had made it quite clear that the body needed tidying (and included an engine compt. lid in the price) the other thought it more important to tell me that the last MOT included an advisory for surface corrosion on the brake pipes! 

The third car wasn't the most expensive but it was by far the best. A 51 plate, 64k miles car, the paint and body are superb and the interior is equally good. It has sports seats, full leather (what a difference that makes!), split-rims (a double-edged sword...) and drives superbly. The service history is complete, mainly OPC but the last two stamps with non-specialists. The clutch is a bit weighty so could probably do with replacing but at the rate I'll put miles on it, this might not be for another 5 years and while they're in there it'll be RMS and IMS as well. There are a few other issues, as picked up by my local OPC at a free inspection, but of the £8k they quoted for repairs, working through them myself, I've sorted £3.5k of them for £1.50, I kid you not!

So the bottom line is, this sorry tale is over but despite the fact that for £300 I'm back in a Boxster which is significantly better in many respects than my old one, I still wish it had never happened.

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Well done, looks like you've got a really nice car there?

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Lovely looking 986. Enjoy.

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Loving the new car, Seal Grey is a great colour although I'm very biased ?

The full leather trim is a real bonus too, glad you are all sorted again ?

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35 minutes ago, Richard Hamilton said:

Well done Chris. Looks great (and so does the Boxster)!

Boxster??

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What's the £1.50 story?

Can you go to your mate with your scrapped car and offer to swap the wheels, were they in good nick I can't remember?

New thread for this one I suggest :) 

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5 hours ago, Menoporsche said:

What's the £1.50 story?

Can you go to your mate with your scrapped car and offer to swap the wheels, were they in good nick I can't remember?

New thread for this one I suggest :) 

Low pressure PAS pipe ferrule split, Porsche standard repair - replace pipe for £1400. Real world, non-millionaires repair - replace ferrule with £1.50 jubilee clip (the blue car had this 'bodge' done by a PO and it was fine throughout the 25k miles I did in it).

Surface corrosion to front dampers, Porsche standard repair - replace dampers for £2100. Real world repair - remove corrosion and apply black smooth Hammerite.

The wheels? I'm with you, I much prefer the Carrera wheels on the blue car for both aesthetic and practical reasons but the rear wheel was damaged when it took the brunt of the collision. In their favour, the split rims have been recently refurbished and look pretty cool!

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