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Old November 14th, 2017, 11:04   #16
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It is always on, nothing yet.
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Old November 14th, 2017, 11:30   #17
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Also sent to your gmail acnt from my gmail account this time around.
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Old November 14th, 2017, 11:36   #18
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Oh man, that would be an EASY fix. I could probably knock that out in a couple hours if I had the pieces, and since your car is black, finding the pieces would not be hard I wouldn't think.
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Old November 14th, 2017, 12:38   #19
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Pics? Let's check out this damage.
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Old November 14th, 2017, 12:54   #20
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Old November 14th, 2017, 12:55   #21
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Almost superficial.
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Old November 14th, 2017, 13:07   #22
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I'd be buying this car back in a heartbeat!
From the looks of it, throw on a used black hood and a new aftermarket or used grill. Get some SEM bumper repair epoxy and make repairs to the cover if needed, and then get a used condenser.

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Old November 14th, 2017, 13:47   #23
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New condensers are so cheap (less than $80) it is not even worth the effort to pull a used one. Unless you were buying the whole lock carrier assembly and it was a package deal.

Tough to say from the picture how much damage the carrier sustained, but I have fixed FAR worse.
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Old November 14th, 2017, 13:53   #24
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Sounds like even if you don't want to keep it it's worth fixing and selling. I wonder if you could negotiate the max payout the insurance company would offer without totaling the car (usually it's 75% of the value) so you could avoid having a salvage title. That would help the resale value.
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Old November 14th, 2017, 17:03   #25
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I need to buy a southern car, that thing looks so clean compared to what we have here!

Easy fix, should not be a write off unless there is more damage not shown like roof!
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I need to buy a southern car, that thing looks so clean compared to what we have here!

Easy fix, should not be a write off unless there is more damage not shown like roof!
He's in Wisconsin. If you want a southern car you should come to Texas. Even rust doesn't rust down here.
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Old November 14th, 2017, 17:40   #27
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Damn. That's nothing. My son rear ended my B5 Variant 5 years ago, and I took the insurance payout and left the car with Chris Hill of Kraftwerke in Braintree. He found a W8 with a worthless motor but straight body panels. Replaced the bumper, hood, fenders, radiator, airbox, etc, ect. Frame stayed straight.
Finally drove it home from MA to NC, bought OEM W8 headlights from ECS and used the old ballast from the roller W8. Son used the car again, and hydrolocked it in Atlanta. Got Chrismak's car and manual transmission. Did the engine swap through vwztips, put the hydrolock motor in Chrismak's donor. Changed the oil 4 times, cleaned out the motor (turns out it had no bent rods). Sold Chrismak's shell with my motor to my brother in law who uses it as a daily driver.
Meanwhile, vwztips has changed out the tandem and lift pumps and injector seals. The Variant still runs like a top, gets 44 MPG.
At this point I'm just doing this for sport. I've got so much invested in this 287,000 mile car I'll have to drive it until the engine dies.
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OP's damage is less than the three different deer incidents I had with my Jetta. As others have said, this is an easy fix. Does sound like OP is looking for an excuse to dump it - if so, just make the decision and move on.
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OP's damage is less than the three different deer incidents I had with my Jetta. As others have said, this is an easy fix. Does sound like OP is looking for an excuse to dump it - if so, just make the decision and move on.
Right now the insurance company has copies of the last two years of receipts. I refreshed the suspension, power steering rack, front and rear brakes along with normal maintenance. They may decide not to total it, and repair it instead. Of course we will find out Thursday.
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Sounds like even if you don't want to keep it it's worth fixing and selling. I wonder if you could negotiate the max payout the insurance company would offer without totaling the car (usually it's 75% of the value) so you could avoid having a salvage title. That would help the resale value.
leicaman, Your car's damage looks really not bad. It would almost be a shame to total it and have a salvage title. IBW made a great suggestion that I would consider in this situation.


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