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Cost/time to take a car apart and then put it back together


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chudi
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Aug 20, 2014, 5:30 AM

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Hi Car-Junkies,

What does it take (man-hours, equipment...full costs) to take to apart and re-build a car (ex: 2013 Honda Accord)? I'm trying to see if it's cost-effective to disassemble cars for export and get much more than 2-3 vehicles into a 40 foot container.

I know folks that squeeze 3 into a container, but wonder if the car could be separated into 5-6 big "modules". Painted sections could be stacked. Tires/wheels could be grouped together. Chassis could be squeezed tightly together. I know that it's a bit of a crazy idea, but just trying to run the numbers.

I know absolutely nothing about auto repair, upgrades, etc. (haha, barely even maintenance).

Any and all help would be greatly appreciated!

(This post was edited by chudi on Aug 20, 2014, 5:32 AM)


Tom Greenleaf
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Aug 20, 2014, 5:41 AM

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You answered your own question but not how long but you don't know a thing about cars is all it took. You aren't going to unweld a unit body vehicle and pile up parts to put back together later fitting 3 into the space of one unless you just have the whole thing squished into a block for a huge coffee table that weighs too much this isn't practical and doubt possible for less that about 10 times the cost of leaving it alone and intact and pay for more shipping space,


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Aug 20, 2014, 6:27 AM

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+1 to Tom. You cant practically disassemble the unibody, so you dont save hardly any space. If you could, it would cost more to disassemble/reassemble than shipping a few cars.


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Aug 20, 2014, 3:06 PM

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Sounds like this guy is running a chop shop.





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Hammer Time
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Aug 20, 2014, 3:32 PM

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If he was he would already know how to strip it.



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chudi
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Aug 21, 2014, 1:39 PM

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Thanks Tom and others. Most people just pile 2-3 cars into the container and ship them out. That's the most economical method but the government is putting a ridiculous tariff in place that effectively costs 40-60% of the car's value. For a $10k car, that's about $5k. However, if shipping car parts, the duty is much lower. Hence my original question, how much would it cost to reduce a car into large-section parts - doors, other external pieces, glass, engine block, etc. It's a crazy idea but the markup on the cars post duty increase could be 50-100% of market value.

And to further clarify, I don't want to unweld or reweld anything else. I'd like to ideally spend one day on disassembly and then 1-3 days reassembling (with cheaper but specifically trained labor). Is this even feasible or just pure fantasy?


(This post was edited by chudi on Aug 21, 2014, 1:42 PM)


Tom Greenleaf
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Aug 21, 2014, 2:21 PM

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As a buyer I wouldn't buy a car that's been taken apart to ship tarrifs or not. The value of wrecking a car to do that would ruin it IMO unless some factory method of making them just to do that. You wouldn't be talking hours but days of high end body work and car would still be less than a real new car - essentially like one that was totaled in an accident badly and fixed up a lot you don't want that car unless the price is so low it can cover the problem it will have.


THIS IS NOT PRACTICAL AT ALL. Tariff to a country of destination is that country's biz either stupid or to discourage imports especially if that country makes their own - you didn't say.


You'll lose your shirt if you even try doing something like that,


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Discretesignals
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Aug 21, 2014, 3:55 PM

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Thanks Tom and others. Most people just pile 2-3 cars into the container and ship them out. That's the most economical method but the government is putting a ridiculous tariff in place that effectively costs 40-60% of the car's value.


Hell, we need the money after spending so much on those stupid wars.





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Theracay
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Jan 14, 2015, 4:41 AM

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I'm under the impression that generally the parts of a car usually make up to more than what a whole car is worth.
So why bother putting it back together again. :/


Tom Greenleaf
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Jan 14, 2015, 5:43 AM

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This thread in kind of old and done with. Please stick to current threads or start one of your own. This one locked to archives now,


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