Re: Car rust
Posted by geoff the bonnie on September 24, 2020, 12:54 pm, in reply to "Re: Car rust"
The cars that get flooded are usually written off as the wiring connectors corrode very soon after immersion. Of course, they can be bought and put back on the road. |
I was buying cars for people a few years ago, about 3 years, these were from so called private sellers.4 out of 5 had been insurance total losses and they were kerbside dealers.
One Honda Jazz was advertised and admitted an insurance loss and had 2 doors fitted in the same colour from another car. The seller claimed that was the only damage. i phoned the previous owner who explained the whole side of the car had caved in including the sills, door pillars and roof with the airbags going off. Back to the dealer and he then said someone else must have repaired all that apart from the doors. Ha Ha.
Anyway, the commonest scam now is repair a car after the airbags have popped and take out the dashboard airbag lamp and not fit an airbag. If you look at a used car,check that airbag lamp comes on as you turn the key. If not, walk away.
Back to buying a Jazz, the customer who wanted a newer Jazz already had a previously written off Jazz. We found a 12 month old perfect car at a major dealership in Cardiff at a huge discounted price as it was a renault dealer and he would not want a Honda on the forecourt. Come time to see what the trade in Honda was worth, it was worth nothing at all. All its value was paid out 3 years ago making it have a value of nothing. Just scrap value despite it being well repaired and new MOT.
Just bear in mind if you buy a previously paid out insurance total loss, if someone bumps into it, the other drivers insurance is entitled to pay just its scrap value as it has no value at all. Normall, they might pay you half of what a straight,un bumped car would cost as a gesture of goodwill.
Used car buying is very dodgy still. This Nissans underside was coated with a sealant and carefully painted on mud to cover the faulty underside. The only reason it was found was because the fuel tank fell off when the strap let go of the corrosion. that crack opens up as you jack it up on the 4 post ramp. The owner did pay 1500 pounds for the car which was half what it would normally be. he thought it was a good car. The 1000 pound welding will make it last for another 3 years at most. Obviously it is not just patching over holes as this is a 7 seater and will carry children. The boy will not bodge weld any car. he welds with purpose built car repairing welding gear and fabricates whole sections.