My beloved 1991 Ford Capri was sideswiped whilst parked outside my place of
work last night. The coward who did the damage did so with enuf force to
rip the bumper bar totally off the body and crumpled the wheel arch so
much that the metal ripped the tyre. Mechanic has said it will cost $2000
to fix (its due for pink slip Aug 8th)or he will buy it as is for $500. I
bought the car 2 years ago frm a dealership for $4500 and apart frm this
disaster it runs like a dream. Any advice on what I shud do?
Either fix it or get a new car.
Considering it looks like it would cost you about $4000 ($4500 - $500 you
get from the mechanic) to replace the vehicle, and $2000 to fix the vehicle,
you would be about $2000 ahead if you get the vehicle fixed.
In the US, we don't have pink slips. That just means you passed a safety
inspection. Your mechanic should be able to ensure that it will pass the
inspection so you can get your pink slip before you start the work.
You paid a king's ransom for this piece two years ago. What it cost
then is of no moment now. It's not worth putting $2k into what would
then be worth $1,500 tops. Right now it's worth......$500. Take the
money and run. If you like the way it runs and the damage is mostly
superficial, take care of the mechanicals and drive it as is if you
The Australian dollar is worth about $0.75 US. (If you look at the OP's name
in the email address, it is aussiebird.) So it would be worth about $2000,
Of course, he can try other mechanics to see if he can get the necessary
work (maybe leaving some body damage, but getting the tyre and bumper
replaced, he can get away with say $1000, using used parts.
He loves the car (or at least someone does) and it runs well. Plus, he has a
habit of paying way too much for cars. So getting this car fixed might be
the best option.
I suspect that this person ran off without leaving contact information
(hence coward), but if you find who did it, you should go after the preson.
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