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Bad wrecks: #1007 & #1412

Discussion in 'Tesla Parts for Sale' started by TEG, Jan 2, 2012.

  1. dpeilow

    dpeilow Moderator

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    Can people please stop wrecking these cars so that 1) there might be some left to show our grandkids and 2) second hand value might equal dpeilow bank account level someday... thanks.
     
  2. Bearman

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    Hehe, was thinking the same thing.
     
  3. AndrewBissell

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    Was thinking the opposite - come on value appreciation!
     
  4. AndrewBissell

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    A bad thought occurred to me: can the owners of these two cars actually buy a replacement?
     
  5. Doug_G

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    So, TEG, can you tell us how many Roadsters have been totaled, to date?
     
  6. JRP3

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    Yeah, I'm starting to wonder if Roadsters have an extremely high crash percentage, or if it's just because it's the only vehicle that TEG keeps track of and I notice it more.
     
  7. Kevin Sharpe

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    I guess not... maybe we should start buying up the bits to keep our cars running in the future :wink:
     
  8. TEG

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    Would need to compare to other cars that can accelerate 0-60 in under 4s.
    The quiet and smooth way it accelerates can also catch someone by surprise.
    Also, the carbon fiber + aluminum design tends to result in salvage status from any major accident that intrudes into the chassis.
     
  9. user497

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    It could also be that more people use the Roadsters as daily commuters (like I do). I doubt many people use Ferraris and the like as daily commuters. It would be interesting the know what the story is for these 2 crashes. My wife and I are pretty concerned about crashing the Roadster now that there are no new ones. Do you know what insurance would pay for? Since there are no new ones would they look at the used car prices? Or pay back the original price?
     
  10. Doug_G

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    Yes, you have to be very aware of that risk when driving the Roadster. People don't expect your acceleration capabilities, and they also assume that cars make a lot of noise when accelerating. If they think they're alone then they don't bother looking. I've become very attuned to drivers who might not be aware of my presence.

    I think that's the bigger problem. A minor accident is repairable... a moderately severe crash will result in a write-off.
     
  11. dsm363

    dsm363 Roadster + Sig Model S

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    You have to call your insurance company to double check. I can't remember the actual terms but one kind of insurance (more common, cheaper kind which is the only one my insurance will provide) will pay what 'fair market value' for the used car is. I think it's possible to get insurance for full, new car price but it seems to be tough to get and likely much more expensive.
     
  12. dpeilow

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    Do (non-cf) Elises end up with the same issue? Perhaps our carbon fibre guys should start getting into whole panels.
     
  13. smorgasbord

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    VIN 1007 was a test drive car in Menlo Park for quite a while. When I was configuring mine, it was the last one available with black/red rally seats.

    All wrecked Roadsters are saddening, but when it's one you've actually sat in....
     
  14. Robert.Boston

    Robert.Boston Model S VIN P01536

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    Re 1007:
    How could that much damage occur and not trigger the airbags? Kinda scary. It must have been side-swiped (from the passenger's side?).
     
  15. TEG

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    To some degree, yes, I think so.

    Help with a total loss claim (victoria insurance) - LotusTalk - The Lotus Cars Community
    Evaluating the frame of my salvage Elise - LotusTalk - The Lotus Cars Community
    Lotus: Aluminium Extrusions and Adhesives
     
  16. ddenboer

    ddenboer MODEL X #1770

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    #1007 is up for auction tomorrow and the pics on copart are nowhere near as bad as the pics on that link. Could this poor car have been wrecked twice?
     
  17. Kevin Sharpe

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    A colleague has seen the vehicle and said it's 'in a real mess'. We bid in last weeks auction and thought we won it at $14,000 only to be told later by the broker "the email syas that you are the highest bidder. the lot 20707392 has a sales status On Minimum bid, that means that the car has a reserve price. as the reserve was not met, the seller relisted the car for another sale". We challenged Copart because we could find no such sales status but they don't answer any emails and we can't get to the bottom of this by phone. We don't plan to bid again....
     
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