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Old 10-26-2014, 10:08 PM   #1
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My 323i was vandalized

What should I do here? Completely heartbroken, but I need ideas. Here's what is damaged-
-All interior
-Speakers, leather, headliner, carpet, etc
-Tires slashed
-Gouges in body

Don't want to go in the details of what happened, but the details of damage are above and in the pics. Idk what to do from here... Just still in shock. Car is completely, mechanically perfect as of now.
Should I try and sell to buy another, but how can I get any money for it in its condition? I don't want to see her like this for a year plus as people rip her apart, and no junk yard is going to offer much.
Or should I try and fix her up? It's just the fact that she has 186k and is 15 years old... She was worth about 9k? before this incident... Near showroom paint and undercarriage to give you an idea. Now this....Click image for larger version

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Old 10-26-2014, 10:22 PM   #2
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First thing.
You don't have to say your underlying problem.......like......who did this and why. Might be best to get it out. We won't judge. Everyone has problem of one kind or another.

2. Assess what parts are damaged and list them.......were the door panels damaged? The a pillars? Etc.....
3. Do you want to keep the car? Were you going to trade it in soon?

4. Overestimation of the value. The 323i is the base of base models. A zhp coupe with those miles would go for $10k

Solutions. Upholstery shop.....get matching headliner material and glue.....re upholster the headliner and all pillars. $130
I personally just did this myself.

Seats are harder. If you dont care.....use them as is. If you do care....
You have 2 solid options. Find a fanatic on here parting out cars close to you and explain situation. Negotiate price.
Find a car in a pullapart style salvage yard that charges same price no matter what car.....hop it's the right color and buy the seats for very little.

You seem emotional and you should be. But now you need to stop all that and look at the problem logically, unemotionally and objectively.

Ask.....what is the best route for me to fix this or deal with it.
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Old 10-26-2014, 10:27 PM   #3
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Insurance ?
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Old 10-26-2014, 10:28 PM   #4
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Crazy-ex? Or maybe you want black interior, so the beige was "mysteriously" vandalized..

If you have insurance, use it. File a police report, and get the responsible party held accountable.



Edit: No way your car is worth close to 9k.. perhaps half that.
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Old 10-26-2014, 10:31 PM   #5
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Tires.......get a set of used tires or find some in the salvage yard. A lot of times I have seen cars with 4 new tires go for $50

Speakers.....salvage yard.....ebay.......our parting cars section (message them for parts you need) they want rid of them.

Gouges in the paint......nothing but a paint job can fix this. Depends on how deep......did it go to metal? Is it just the clear? Is it into the primer?

All this matters and the info tells me how to fix that.

Look at my sig.....for new members. It has good info there.....like how to post pictures in the thread instead of below it. You get more detail and it's easier to navigate and see. The directions are very specific and very clear.

Look in my sig also....how to paint your car. I just tore this completely down and went from the ground up. It's pretty well documented every stage. I keep adding to it. The car was finished last week.

Also.....post in your info. Show where your form and what car it is. I know it's a 323 but the info in the side is something we look at often when dealing with situations.
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Old 10-26-2014, 10:33 PM   #6
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She was worth about 9k? before this incident...]
No it wasn't. Maybe to you, but not to anyone else in the known universe.
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Old 10-26-2014, 10:35 PM   #7
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Yeah, your car was probably worth 4500 at best. The good thing is, it's a tan sedan interior in a 9-16 year old very common car so replacements should be fairly easy to come by. Check CL/local salvage yards/forums/ebay for parts cars you can pull the interior from. I got the headliner redone on my old E34 for $70 a few years ago, find a nearby upholstery shop. On the plus side, you can now upgrade to sport seats! Before you go about fixing this though, you should make sure you're in a position where it won't happen again, and while you're at it make sure the rear subframe area isn't torn--if it is, just scrap the car and buy something else.

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Old 10-26-2014, 10:58 PM   #8
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Looks great OP.
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Old 10-26-2014, 11:24 PM   #9
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Insurance is liability since it would cost me close to $3k a year, so I am eating the costs. And ONLY reason my car was worth the amount it was, was because of the suspension and tuning done to it by a previous owner. Coupled with the fact that it was minty, there you go. Abnormal 323i.

And yeah, I am figuring on looking on the part out lists here and hitting up a junk yard or two for the next week or so here... And see what I find. Worst case, I'll post an ad to sell?

Paint is damaged down to metal in one area, through just paint on most scratches and a few just through clear coat.

How much would-
-heated sport seats
-fixed headliner
-paint job

Cost me, with any previous experiences you have had? And thank you for all the responses
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Old 10-26-2014, 11:26 PM   #10
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Btw, no idea AT ALL who is responsible. Police didn't try for prints or anything, since it's not like the assholes were all over my leather interior and paint/windows etc.
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Old 10-26-2014, 11:26 PM   #11
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Crazy-ex? Or maybe you want black interior, so the beige was "mysteriously" vandalized..

If you have insurance, use it. File a police report, and get the responsible party held accountable.
this.. hhhmm

i dont see any paint/body damage? just seats and tires?
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Old 10-26-2014, 11:32 PM   #12
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this.. hhhmm



i dont see any paint/body damage? just seats and tires?

I'll need to take some tomorrow... Rear trunk is keyed up and drivers/drivers rear door is bad.
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Old 10-26-2014, 11:56 PM   #13
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OP, one way to get this fixed is to buy a totaled car and get the interior. Not sure about the damage to the body you mention though. Pics?

Like others already mentioned, your estimate of the value before the damage is way off.
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Old 10-27-2014, 01:00 AM   #14
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Oh, i feel so sorry. I hope you can fix that, dont let her fall.
Your post let me more paranoid, Halloween is near and here in Mexico, the word halloween means vandalism and destruction. The past year my dad got his pick up all windows broken. This is my first year with my car and i think i will store it somewhere for a few days
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Old 10-27-2014, 06:13 PM   #15
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Whoa that's extreme, about the exterior you should visit someone that is professionally repairing such damage and get a quote, hard to estimate. Easier to have just scratches even to bare substrate than hammered dents. As for the interior I don't see another option than a scrapyard and a ton of luck.



On a side note, I can't imagine how wrong someone has to be in order to do that to another person. Not like they were unaware of what they have done to your car. I would be livid about it.
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Old 10-27-2014, 06:50 PM   #16
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Sucks. Car wasn't worth $9k, though. I don't care how minty. It's a 15 year-old 323 with almost 200k on it and an automatic transmission. Nowhere even in the ballpark of $9k.


Anyway, you should be able to find another tan interior for pretty cheap.
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Old 10-27-2014, 07:14 PM   #17
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You could replace the tires and drive it as is. You could save your money for another car down the road because it's not worth much even without the interior damage.

Like others said you could look for the interior at a scrapyard. If it's just scratches on the paint that's not bad.
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Old 10-27-2014, 07:38 PM   #18
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You are fortunate that you did not have full coverage as the car is only worth about 4k at best and would have been deemed a total loss.

I would do what was suggested above and find a salvage black (or tan if you like it) interior and swap it all out. For the body damage just do what all other 323 owners do and plastic dip that ****... I kid, I kid.
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Old 10-27-2014, 07:44 PM   #19
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Holy **** dude. I would murder everything if that happened to me.

Since I know you're in high school, are you screwing some guys girlfriend or something? Does your school have parking lot video cameras? And why (if so) was the car unlocked?
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Old 10-27-2014, 08:28 PM   #20
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Where are you located at?

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