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Flipsfanatic
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Feb 16, 2014, 11:18 AM

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1997 Honda Accord - Wrecked Sign In

1997 Honda Accord SE
16 valve 4 cylinder?
Odometer reads 190,000 but engine was rebuilt at 90,000

I rear-ended an SUV in my Accord a couple of weeks ago and I would really like to have a general idea of how much I can expect to pay before I have it towed to a shop.

I was going to just sell it because I'm not really in a position to save the money needed to have it fixed but all of the offers I got were so low that I decided to keep it based on how reliable it was before the accident.

Accident details: I knew that the radiator was busted as soon as I got out of the car because radiator fluid was just pooling out from under the car. I was able to drive it home but it was starting to overheat and now it won't start. I did not think that the hood was obstructing my view if the road at all so I'd probably leave it if possible and I'm not worried about the bumper or any other external body damages that don't need to be repaired. I just want it legal and driveable. New radiator, headlights, what else might possibly need to be repaired and what is my estimated cost?

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(This post was edited by Flipsfanatic on Feb 16, 2014, 12:27 PM)


Hammer Time
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Feb 16, 2014, 11:36 AM

Post #2 of 9 (1272 views)
Re: 1997 Honda Accord - Wrecked Sign In

Those pictures are the size of thumbnails. It's pretty hard to see the damage. Don't make them so big that they go off the page either.



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Flipsfanatic
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Feb 16, 2014, 12:28 PM

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Re: 1997 Honda Accord - Wrecked Sign In

Okay, I think I fixed it.


Hammer Time
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Feb 16, 2014, 12:49 PM

Post #4 of 9 (1248 views)
Re: 1997 Honda Accord - Wrecked Sign In

You've got quite a bit of damage there...........

Headlights
bumper
bumper supports
radiator support
Condenser?
Radiator?
Fans?
Fenders

I would say you easily have $2000 to $3000
You won't know for sure until you get an estimate.



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Tom Greenleaf
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Feb 16, 2014, 1:36 PM

Post #5 of 9 (1240 views)
Re: 1997 Honda Accord - Wrecked Sign In

I'm not an adjuster for this stuff but if doors don't line up now it's worse. Toss in surprises and A/C crap you may not know extent of fully if cold out.


Note: You said it has been good to you. That part is now history and it doesn't have to continue to be good to you especially after this. Tough situation no matter how you slice it,


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Flipsfanatic
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Feb 16, 2014, 3:02 PM

Post #6 of 9 (1230 views)
Re: 1997 Honda Accord - Wrecked Sign In

Doors line up fine. Haven't had working A/C since I've had it. Also, the bumper itself looks banged up but it was already in that condition, I think the impact was absorbed above the bumper. Like I said, I just want to know what it'll take to get me from point A to point B.


nickwarner
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Feb 16, 2014, 3:02 PM

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Unless you plan to go to a pick-your -part salvage yard for everything broken, put it all in yourself, and don't give a damn what it looks like when you're done, there is no reason you should bother to try fixing this. Its cheaper to get another car. This car is 17 years old, has a bunch of miles and is now a wreck. It sucks, but I'd take whatever you can get for selling it and use that as part of your down payment on another car.

Glad you were not seriously hurt in this accident. The car took the impact for you and is a casualty in this. Better than the other way around.


Flipsfanatic
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Feb 16, 2014, 3:05 PM

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I see your point but I've purchased four vehicles for under $3,000 and every single one was a POS that gave me trouble monthly. This is the only reliable car I've ever had. Even if I could get enough out of it for a down payment, there's no way I can afford a monthly car payment.


nickwarner
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Feb 16, 2014, 3:26 PM

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Re: 1997 Honda Accord - Wrecked Sign In

With a budget under $3000 no wonder you've had so many car problems. Unfortunately it takes a good bit of cash to buy something that is less hassle. Even then things will still break. But you can only buy what you can afford.

If you can go to a salvage yard where they let you pull your own parts you can get parts pretty cheap. But you have to have the tools and knowledge to do the work yourself, or else you have to pay someone who does. You are asking how much it would cost to have it done, so I'm pretty sure that means you have no experience in doing anything like this and also don't have the tools, since someone who doesn't know how to do the repair would have no reason to have bought the tools to do it.

Unfortunately you are between a rock and a hard place. You don't know how to do this repair yourself and you cannot afford to pay someone who does. Your car is totalled and you can't afford to get another one. It sucks and I've been in similar situations earlier in my life. I feel bad for you, but the only thing that is going to fix this is the money that you don't have.






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