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Old 06-13-2015, 11:05 PM
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Sad story here, last December I was driving to work and a 17 year old girl decided it was ok to run a red light at hit me Im fine but my 1995 351i is not... After fighting with the insurances I finally got the car back, I was going to try to fix it but the damage was just too much.. Bellow ill include some pictures of the damage..

The insurance wanted to give me 300 for the car, however I feel that the its worth more then that.. the engine and transmission are intact they both have about 100k miles (I was hit in the back of the car), the top (its convertible) is a few years old and still good..

I was thinking I could get 1500 for the whole thing but maybe im over estimating the value.

Tell me what you think.

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Old 06-14-2015, 01:58 AM
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is that wheel strait?

take the interior our
block of wood and a hammer.. beat that **** out

keep driving it..
(tweaked wheel?)

trash it

it still runs you should be able to get 850 or so for a parts car...
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My mint condition '96 cabrio was hit in late 2013 and totaled. It took 3 months of fighting with the insurance company but I was able to get $7K for it including loss of use reimbursement. I had put a new top on it in 2011 and a factory rebuilt auto tranny in 2012. They offered me $3100 initially.
Have you settled with them and bought the car back or are you still negotiating?
If you sell the car as a parts car Burning 2nd is about right at $850 to $1K. If you part it out yourself, you can probably get about $3K including $1K -$1,200 for the vert top assembly.
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Old 06-14-2015, 07:55 AM
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is that wheel strait?

take the interior our
block of wood and a hammer.. beat that **** out

keep driving it..
(tweaked wheel?)

trash it

it still runs you should be able to get 850 or so for a parts car...
Unfortunately the wheel is not straight, the (excuse my lack of car vocabulary) part that connects the wheel axil to the chassi is also bent.

The car should run.. Nothing happened to the front of the car. But I have not had the chance to try and turn it on again.

do you know of a website/place that I can try selling it to? Everywhere I call they want to give me 300 dollars for it...

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Old 06-14-2015, 08:04 AM
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My mint condition '96 cabrio was hit in late 2013 and totaled. It took 3 months of fighting with the insurance company but I was able to get $7K for it including loss of use reimbursement. I had put a new top on it in 2011 and a factory rebuilt auto tranny in 2012. They offered me $3100 initially.
Have you settled with them and bought the car back or are you still negotiating?
If you sell the car as a parts car Burning 2nd is about right at $850 to $1K. If you part it out yourself, you can probably get about $3K including $1K -$1,200 for the vert top assembly.
I bought the car back already, they gave me 4k for the car which is not bad considering the interior was not in perfect conditions, and those cars in the market where in the 3k to 4k range. They wanted to give me $300 more if they kept the car.. But that seemed like the parts for the car are worth much more then $300...
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Old 06-14-2015, 08:06 AM
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Also when you say part it out, that means that I have to take the car apart and sell piece by piece right?

Do you guys know of a website or place that I can sell it to that will give me a fair price? Everywhere I call they want to give me $300..

I see that as an opportunity to sell the parts and learn about cars a little more.. Just need to get someone to help me lol..

And thank you for the help

Anyways do you know anywhere that I can sell it too. I can't seem to get any good offers
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Old 06-14-2015, 08:09 AM
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Also I just realized that the title and my first post have the complete wrong info..

It's. 1995 325i convertible..

I don't even know how 321 or 351 got on there
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Yes, parting it out means you sell it a piece at a time. You'd make more money that way, but it's a huge hassle. I'd sell the whole thing to someone as a parts car. Let THEM take it apart.

Either way, put it on Craigslist in the "auto parts" "by owner" section.


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If you want to sell the car whole and get $750-1000, you will have to sell it to a private party. Any kind of junkyard or auto recycling business is just going to keep offering you $100-500. They never pay anything.

If you have the time and space to sell the parts individually yourself, you could make much more money from it.

It's a shame that it was wrecked, because it looks like it was in really good condition and was a pretty car.
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Old 06-14-2015, 09:54 AM
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Yes it's a shame... She was a beauty the color on the car is amazing. I would love to keep it in my garage and at least try to fix it.. But it would drain my wallet and my time.. And at the moment I have nor money nor time.. But I'll try to sell it to someone that can use the parts.

Thank you everyone for the advice
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Old 06-15-2015, 01:26 PM
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That's such a shame. She was a beauty. I'm actually rebuilding my E36 convertible right now, so I feel your pain on sentimental versus actual value (I've had it for about 8 years now). I'd say try to sell the parts yourself to get the most money out of it, if you feel up to it of course.
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