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Was rear ended recently by an Audi A4 at a stop light. Pretty bad impact but thankfully no injuries. Testimony to the W124s design of the crumple zones to absorb the impact and passenger cell to keep occupants safe. The car held up pretty well IMO even though its more than two decades old now. Real solid car.







Some picts of the 6 week long repair for those interested...



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If this was covered by insurance, you don't know how lucky you are where you live. I'd guess that with the economics of skilled labor in the US, this would have been an automatic total...

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If this was covered by insurance, you don't know how lucky you are where you live. I'd guess that with the economics of skilled labor in the US, this would have been an automatic total...
I think this was a near total loss considering the amount of work put in and the cost. I estimated somewhere in the region of USD12K to repair. However, to get a similar car here would be around USD25K so it was still cheaper for the insurance company to repair it rather than replace it.
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This is great! In US this would be something a hobbyist with a lot of time on his/her hands to do Which is great for us hobbyists as we can find plenty of good parts from these cars at the salvage yards.

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Why would it cost $25K to get this car in Singapore? Can one import a US car?

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Why would it cost $25K to get this car in Singapore? Can one import a US car?
Singapore has one of the highest car prices in the world. You do not own a car, you just lease it for 10 years from the government basically. We have this thing called certificate of entitlement (COE). This COE allows you to buy and use a car for 10 years. After that, you need a new COE. Currently, the COE costs about USD 55K which makes a basic Toyota corolla cost around USD90K. You can only import in cars below 3 years of age and you would still need the COE.
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Wow! That's pretty much the wackiest way to "own" a car I have ever heard of. At the end of the ten years can someone else "buy" it away from you? Do cars go to the highest bidder? What happens if you do not renew your COE?



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Singapore has one of the highest car prices in the world. You do not own a car, you just lease it for 10 years from the government basically. We have this thing called certificate of entitlement (COE). This COE allows you to buy and use a car for 10 years. After that, you need a new COE. Currently, the COE costs about USD 55K which makes a basic Toyota corolla cost around USD90K. You can only import in cars below 3 years of age and you would still need the COE.
I think there is some profitable business to be had!

Who can I contact in Singapore a government agency or insurance company for a supply of some cheap refurbished '95 300E's to send over??

$40K per vehicle too cheap???
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Was rear ended recently by an Audi A4 at a stop light. Pretty bad impact but thankfully no injuries. Testimony to the W124s design of the crumple zones to absorb the impact and passenger cell to keep occupants safe. The car held up pretty well IMO even though its more than two decades old now. Real solid car.







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I think there is some profitable business to be had!

Who can I contact in Singapore a government agency or insurance company for a supply of some cheap refurbished '95 300E's to send over??

$40K per vehicle too cheap???
I would start at the top or the bottom your choice, good gig the COE
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