Cruze or other? Anyone fixed a totaled car. I've purchased several in the past for daily drivers and if you can get them for they right price and have the right people fix them, you can get a great deal.
Did itGood luck and keep us posted if you attempt it with aCruze.
There is an unbelievable amount of them at the auctions.When I 1st joined there was 2 brother rebuilding a front crashed Eco. Haven't seen much of those threads since then.
My grandfather has been doing auction cars for as long as I can remember. Some are wrecked, some are stolen recoveries. I've seem some missing wheels, tires, and interior and some that were wrecked worse than this. I had a car one time that was hit so hard in the back, the wheels were pushed to the quarter windows. We took another car hit in the front and cut them in half and welded them together. Again, you couldn't tell. The people he has do the work are top notch and they look as good as new when done.Impressive. Can you share more details of the rebuild so everyone has a better idea of what was involved and costs also?
Agree! I've definitely seen some junk... a lot of times when a car is done wrong, among a lot of other things, I've seen the entire under hood painted flat black with a spray can to mask the repaired area. With this car, everything was done correctly and inspected by a dealership / DOT. My insurance company also inspected it before I was able to insure it and my agent has a grey LTZ RS and said mine looked nicer than his.rebuilders are only as good as the people fixing them . I know around here if car is total it gets fix it must be inspected by DOT and title is branded rebuilder. some cars have seen that insureance company pays out takes car but does not list totaledor salaved on title gets sold to builder with clean title. Freind has body shop seen alot of things go though make you think twice
I agree with this as well. I can say for 100% sure mine has all OEM GM airbags and replacement metal. There was also no frame or floor pan damage underneath.Rebuilt wrecks can be dangerous if not done right. I'm not making any accusations against your grandfather, but some of the more unscrupulous ones have pulled some pretty rotten stuff. Not reinstalling air bags and faking out the computers, worse yet cheap fake airbags that end up shooting shrapnel at passengers in a wreck, seen cases of cars that were welded together out of 2 different cars split in two like a zipper, etc. And even beyond those safety issues, the electrical gremlins that can ensue if you have the misfortune of ending up with a flood vehicle. Around the time I bought my Cruze the used market was flooded (pun intended) with wrecks from Hurricane Sandy. I'm also just a little bit paranoid with these modern unibody cars. If there was any significant damage in the floorpan and such I'd worry about how the car would perform in a crash - you might be able to make the metal straight again, but who knows if it's as strong as one that wasn't in a crash and straightened back out.
That might have been me with my brothers '12 Eco. I never did post any pictures. His went though the auction last June for $4300 with 19,000 miles. My brother's is a '12 stealth gray Eco automatic. His was hit high front and needed coolers, drivers front core support, hood, left fender, left headlight, a bumper cover, airbags, clockspring, dash, and seat belts. All in he laid out about $7500 including taxes, broker fees, auction fees, and transportation from VA to Chicago.When I 1st joined there was 2 brother rebuilding a front crashed Eco. Haven't seen much of those threads since then.
Unibodies actually hold up to accidents better than full frame cars. Ever see the 59 vs 09 Chevy crash test? The damage is much more localized on unibody construction. I've had full frames diamond and bend parts on the undamaged end of the car.Repairable? Son's friend tried this with a Dodge pickup, but paid to get all the work done, would have been $7,000 richer if he purchased a new one.
Another friend tried this, but didn't figure in the cost of the airbags, lost money on this deal. Did the work himself. Also have to live with a salvage title. Really affects the resale value.
If I could go back to the 50's, could get any vehicle from a wrecking yard for ten bucks, get two of them and make one good car out of it. Cars had frames, easy enough to switch bodies. Forget about trying to repair a unibody car with a bend frame, never would get it right. Could rebuild a fuel pump for a buck or get an engine with only 8K miles on it for 50 bucks.
All this is history. Ha, just calculated at dealers prices, would cost over 900 bucks just to replace all those push pin plastic rivets on the Cruze.
Yes, small parts can kill u. I like to buy cars that are still assembled. Unless you're buying a $2000+ front cut, the cars that come in pieces will have missing parts.The bumper on your red car looks similar to mine. Must be a common spot to break during impact.
You're right about all the fees, etc. Thanks for your detailed reply.
Mine had 3,362 miles to be exact. I just noted the major parts I could recall, but small parts definitely add up quick.
The $11,000 I mentioned was my final total cost with the price of the car, fees, shipping, parts, etc. I was happy with that considering it's a low mile LTZ RS with nearly every option.