In Reply to: Rebuild a rollover? posted by Skid on June 17, 1999 at 15:36:51:
: Just curious what experience anyone has had rebuilding rolled-over cars. Rest assured this is _not_ my 535is but a 540i I've seen FS and may entertain for rehab. How likely is it that no matter how good a job is done that the car will always have:
: a) some structural weaknesses that would compromise future accident survivability,
: b) stress concentrations from metal bending that will ultimately become initiation points for rust,
: c) some slight out-of-whack in the engine or drivetrain that will lead to accelerated wearout,
: d) noticeably imperfect body/door alignment (i.e. loss of that nice BMW "thunk").
: Can it ever be as good as before? How much of a discount would you as a purchaser expect knowing that a car's been rolled and repaired (all else being fine)?
: '88 535is
NO it will never be as good again, even if you have a great body shop. Take a BIG discount. Is the seller the previous owner or a salvage broker?
Purchase all depends on price of the car, how bad the damage is, how deep are your pockets for repair cost, and if you don't mind owning a car w/damage or salvage title.
These cars come up fairly often at insurance auctions --most are purchased very cheaply w/intent on parting them....