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Old 06-18-2013, 05:41 PM   #21
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So I am considering buying a salvaged title M3. It was involved in a wreck damaging the front left fender. Air bag deployed. The story goes that the owner pushed the insurance company to total the car so he could get a check for the value and buy it back from the auction. He did and repaired it.
There is no frame damage.

It has kw v2 coils, csl trunk and diffuser as well as rims. Pretty much exactly what I want. I want to use it as a dd for a few years then track it.


http://houston.craigslist.org/cto/3862815328.html
I attached the picture of the damage and heres the link
Is it worth looking at and getting a PPI?_a_
Go for it OP and get a PPI done as well as the frame checked out. Also, get under the car and look around really well and see if you see any other damage. Nothing wrong with salvaged cars as long as they are done right and sold for a fair price.

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Old 06-18-2013, 05:52 PM   #22
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maybe it's me but this looks like a horrible paint match of the fender to the rest of the side



and we know for sure this fender was replaced from the opening photos of the crash. anybody that would do that to fix it would surely cut more corners on things you can't see in the photo
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Old 06-18-2013, 06:01 PM   #23
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maybe it's me but this looks like a horrible paint match of the fender to the rest of the side



and we know for sure this fender was replaced from the opening photos of the crash. anybody that would do that to fix it would surely cut more corners on things you can't see in the photo
It's not just you. It does indeed look way, way off.
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Old 06-18-2013, 09:08 PM   #24
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Isnt the transmission damage due to it being towed from the front?
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Old 06-18-2013, 09:13 PM   #25
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Salvaged M3

I'd pass. The price is normal for a non salvaged m3 in that same condition. Plus look at the paint. It's very clear that sections of that car are different then OEM paint.


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There are enough problems and costs associated with buying a used e46 to begin with. Anything that's been in an accident will be a total nightmare.
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Pardon my ignorance, but I've never purchased a used car before. Never got in a bad car accident either. What exactly could/would go wrong with a salvaged car where the frame was damaged and repaired? I'd like to learn more about that so I know what to look for if I purchase a used car
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Pardon my ignorance, but I've never purchased a used car before. Never got in a bad car accident either. What exactly could/would go wrong with a salvaged car where the frame was damaged and repaired? I'd like to learn more about that so I know what to look for if I purchase a used car
Imagine the stigma of having AIDS... That what a "salvage" title is to a car. Stay away... They are junk usually.

What can go wrong??? Twist something all up and then try to pull it all back out into shape. Do you think everything will line back up as before?

You can have a host of electrical gremlins. If the car isn't repaired properly, it will never drive the same again. The picture of the paint color being way off is a clear indicator here that the repairs were substandard and the guy just wants to dump it. I wouldn't pay anything for it.

The big thing is... The title is now branded as being a "Salvage" title that must be disclosed to all future buyers...
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As our cars age and values drop it takes less and less damage for the insurance companies to declair them total losses.

If the extent of the damage is known, and repaired correctly by a good shop, and no frame damage, I'd have no issue buying..

Good luck with your search. Make sure the car is inspected
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Woah woah woah...slow down!

I've seen this car before--you might want to read the thread below before even thinking about seeing this car.

http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthr...0&highlight=m3
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Old 06-19-2013, 10:31 PM   #31
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I thought we had seen this car before...
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Old 06-19-2013, 11:25 PM   #32
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Wow! Thanks guys! I will definitely avoid this completely! That guy told me the exact same story as posted on the original...

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Woah woah woah...slow down!

I've seen this car before--you might want to read the thread below before even thinking about seeing this car.

http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthr...0&highlight=m3
That thread should be locked and OP banned.

"Small fender bender." Blatantly trying to rip people off.
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i suppose it could, to out-of-town buyers, perhaps- but certainly not thousands of dollars less. i've seen some cars here go for almost half as much as some cars in more rural\country places. i still think it has to do with the supply.
You're right about the supply. I'm from Miami but live in atlanta and the plethora of luxury vehicles in Miami's market keeps the prices down compared to Atlanta's (which isn't too bad). I was looking for an x3 and I always found a lower price and mileage combo in Miami.
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Woah woah woah...slow down!

I've seen this car before--you might want to read the thread below before even thinking about seeing this car.

http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthr...0&highlight=m3
good looking out!

and this, folks, is why you stay away from salvage cars; seems too many salvage sellers always understate the damage.
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Woah woah woah...slow down!

I've seen this car before--you might want to read the thread below before even thinking about seeing this car.

http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthr...0&highlight=m3
Wow....in the thread you included, his description is practically word for word from the ad/thread 2 owners ago. He is even using his pictures, how does the car even look now?
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as someone who works in auto manufacturing as a quality engineer, let me shed some light on panel and frame alignment.
fact is, 99% of auto manufacturers are having a tough time to put together a monocoque shell within design specifications.
this is a difficult task which is heavily dependent on material dimensions, jig fixings, hemming and putting all the panels together.
i would say, that if the car's been in a significant fender bender (stat write off - like this one), anything beyond surface panel damage, you won't get it back to standard (unless you're talking a big dollar restoration).
so, this car will never be the same.

EDIT- just saw the other thread with photo of damage. stay away!!

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Old 06-20-2013, 11:39 PM   #38
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15k for a 100kmiled SALVAGED anything is stupid...

8 is more like it, right now you can do a search and find tons of m3s for 15 with under 100,000 miles and NOT broke dick.
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