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Futant3
11-26-2011, 09:01 PM
Long time since I've lurked on the boards but I thought I'd gather some opinions on what to do with the car.

Unfortunately the Celica had a very rough 2010 and early 2011 that consisted of 4 accidents. I'm now trying to decide how to proceed with the car since I have very mixed feelings about keeping it.

Options considered so far: parting out car, buying another cheap one and transferring as much of the parts as possible since most of it has been replaced during my ownership, repairing this car, selling it as is and walking away.

1st one: my fault, luckily no insurance involved. Bumper support pushed in, and corner support bent.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v333/Futant3/Celica/BumperSupport.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v333/Futant3/Celica/FrontRail2.jpg

2nd one: not my fault, mostly damaged same area as 1st and got some money from their insurance.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v333/Futant3/Celica/DriverSideDamage-Edited.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v333/Futant3/Celica/FrontDamage-Edited.jpg

3rd one: not my fault, got some money after a ridiculous fight with their insurance. repairing door by itself would be easy but the rear quarter panel makes it a little more of a mess.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v333/Futant3/Celica/DoorDamage.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v333/Futant3/Celica/QuarterPanel.jpg

4th one: my dad's fault, no insurance involved. Couple weeks after putting in a new timing belt. Was able to drive it home but the FedEx truck definitely won.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v333/Futant3/Celica/DadsFedExWreck1-Edited.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v333/Futant3/Celica/DadsFedExWreck2.jpg

Hookecho
11-27-2011, 08:17 AM
Cut your loss and find another car.

spitfiremk16
11-27-2011, 12:48 PM
Cut your loss and find another car.

agreed, i wasted way too much time and money on my old rotted out fwd celica that had a dieing engine and transmission, i wouldnt get rid of it cause it was my first car and had alot of sentimental value. i finally smartened up and bought an alltrac, at least its halfway worth throwing lots of money into as it isnt rusted out and would have some resale value if i were to sell it, try finding a clean one in good condition, save any parts you need/want for it and part out the rest of your old car and scrap the old shell.

Lonestag
11-27-2011, 11:02 PM
That quarter damage is pretty minor and I think everything on the front would either bolt on or be easy to pull. That's just my opinion though, and I'm sure it wouldn't make financial sense to repair it unless you found the perfect parts car.

Futant3
11-28-2011, 01:58 AM
agreed, i wasted way too much time and money on my old rotted out fwd celica that had a dieing engine and transmission, i wouldnt get rid of it cause it was my first car and had alot of sentimental value. i finally smartened up and bought an alltrac, at least its halfway worth throwing lots of money into as it isnt rusted out and would have some resale value if i were to sell it, try finding a clean one in good condition, save any parts you need/want for it and part out the rest of your old car and scrap the old shell.

I definitely get the sentimental part and it was fun to drive. Biggest reason I question what to do is because damn near everything has been rebuilt or replaced while I've owned it, dumping it entirely feels wasteful. Motor has about 60k on it and tranny is still good, mechanically it's very solid. I'm starting to lean towards being patient and finding another car to swap parts into, it would be a relatively cheap way to get another reliable car in the family. With winter and cold weather coming in maybe I'll just sit on it for a few months...

Btw I did find another car anyway. :)

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v333/Futant3/M3/SunnyRear-Edited.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v333/Futant3/M3/DriverSide.jpg

187flatliner
11-28-2011, 04:59 AM
this is why i have full coverage.....no matter(to a point) what happens ill get paid.

schnee
11-28-2011, 11:41 AM
Sad - obviously the insurance money you were paid never went where it was intended?

spitfiremk16
11-29-2011, 01:14 AM
your gonna love the m3! my friend let me drive his e36 coupe and it is by far the most fun to drive car i have ever driven, nothing better then a street legal track car!

Futant3
11-29-2011, 01:35 AM
Sad - obviously the insurance money you were paid never went where it was intended?

No I still have the money, but it wasn't enough to cover the damage the last accident did to it. Even if it was enough that doesn't mean it would be the best use of it. The only place that money comes into the decision in this case is potentially squeezing more benefit out of the money I've already spent on the car and minimizing how much more I spend.


your gonna love the m3! my friend let me drive his e36 coupe and it is by far the most fun to drive car i have ever driven, nothing better then a street legal track car!

Yup, my brother had an e36 m3 sedan for a while before I bought mine and it definitely influenced my decision. One of the best all around cars I've ever seen, especially when you add the extra doors.