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Re: Salvage 740il (archive)

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Posted by guy simpson on November 08, 2000 at 07:36:45:

In Reply to: Salvage 740il posted by Jon on October 30, 2000 at 23:31:27:

Just what exactly do you mean by a salvaged car? Are you looking for a car that has been repaired but retains a salvaged or reconstructed type title? If so good luck. However if you are desiring a car with the afore mentioned title but still damaged, those are obtainable fairly regulary depending on how far your willing to travel to acquire you new hulk. But the proper repair of such a car is reserved only for the best body and paint shops available. And you need to have experience and a contact with a dealer license to purchase a wrecked vehicle at a insurance auction. Generally stay away from front end impacts but lately that's all I've seen. You see my father in law owns a european body shop and I was going to go this route for a 750iL but there are problems. 1. 7er's are rare to begin with. With me being on the west coast I had to search from Mexico to BC for these cars and 1000 miles is a long way to go to get a wreck. 2. The resale value of 7ers plummet like a rock anyway so you would have to get a car at rock bottom and repair would be costly so make it cost effective. 3. of all the 7er cars (about 20) in 3 months all but 4 had front end impacts, popping the air bags. Know how much those jewels cost? 1 engine fire and 1 rollover. Not exactly a fine selection. So I bought a pristine 92 750il for 13,000 and everything is perfect. I wasn't going to wait until I found a nice rear ended 750, drive 1/2 way to the moon to get it, and spend 7000 on top of the acquisition cost to bring it back to preloss condition. Unless you are the body man, possess infinite patience, have the connections for purchase of car, parts, paint etc, you are crazy to entertain this scenario. This coming from a person who has the resouces to pull this off but for the price I paid for my car this other venture would have been a waste of time. But if you still wanna look go to and select on the auctions in your area.

Guy Simpson
92 750iL
Does anyone know where I can get a salvaged (but drivable) 97-98 740il?

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