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Is this C43 AMG worth repairing?

Hi, I'm a first time poster who needs some advice! I was involved in an accident in our 1998 C43 AMG last week.

The insurance company has determined that the car is totaled since the estimated repair cost is about $7,000 and according to them, car is worth $2500 max! My husband wants to get the car fixed because he absolutely loves it – but this is obviously just an emotional decision. The car has only has 1 owner and the inside is pristine! The engine was not damaged but has close to 200K miles at this point. The main damage involves the passenger side (front and back ) wheels and suspension, front bumper, right front panel & headlight, hood,(dented) and radiator. The parts are what is making the cost so expensive. Is it worth fixing up this car or is it time to send it on it's way? Any advice would be very much appreciated!
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 12-12-2011, 10:23 AM
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It definitely has emotional value, but doesn't have market value.
If you guys fix it, that would be only for your use as the car with high mileage and salvage title will be unsellable.
I did buy back our original ML320 few years ago, but the car had market value over 15K and the buy back price was over 6 grands. Still our son got good drive for few years, while I fixed it for pennies.
MB engines easy last over 300,000 miles, although AMG might be shorter lived.
Good luck on your decision.
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However you value the car in tangible dollars, it's totaled. Parts are expensive, but it's the labor that will kill you. Speaking of which, I'm glad the car did its job and your hubby is here to argue about it.

Speaking of whom, if he has the chops or interest to learn, he could undertake the repairs himself, at least most of them. It's going to have to go on a rack to be sure the subframes are properly positioned and to have it inspected for hard-to-see damage.

If you have a place to strip it, you might see what the insurance company wants to let you buy it back. Then you could part it out, but at 220K lots of the stuff isn't going to carry much value...although the engine is relatively rare. Or you might find another person with a C43 that needs lots of it and would just buy it as a parts car.

Either way, even if it were to be repaired, it is likely never to be quite the same.

Read the insurance policy closely. Some policies allow you to require the insurance company to replace the car, so they'd have to go find a similar one. At the least that might end up getting you some more dough, because the C43 is pretty rare.

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where are you located? i might be interested in buying it. I wouldn't be surprised if it needed a new control arm. But get an estimate from a bodyshop, and see if they are willing to shop around for used parts and what not.
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Thanks for responses..

Kajtek1 & Check Codes, I appreciate your feedback. Still trying to decide if we listen to our hearts or use common sense and walk away!

Benznoob26 - car has been looked at, control arm not listed on the repair bill.
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