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Cut and Shut FYI (archive)

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Posted by Jeff B. on August 03, 2000 at 19:51:34:

In Reply to: Cheap E30 M3 for sale (was on LA_BMWCCA bored) posted by Eeviac on August 03, 2000 at 13:11:41:

Just some FYI for those of you who haven't heard about this: There is a big problem going around in the used car bizz of cars that have been wrecked getting recombined with other wrecked cars (front of a rear ended car with back of a front ended, etc.) and then resold as if they were original. They are referred to as "Cut and Shut" cars. Anyhow, the British Auto Authorities did crash testing on these welded-up cars and the dummies would have been FATALLY injured. They didn't give in the middle (due to weld strength) and the windshield tops folded inward. My point is that I would be hesitant to drive a repaired severely damaged car as it won't crumple in a crash as it was designed to. IMHO, this "T-boned" car is probably best left for parts. - Jeff

:... would make good project/parts/race car...

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