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Considering purchasing damaged/salvage Model S as a project car...

Discussion in 'Model S: Driving Dynamics' started by wk057, Jun 17, 2014.

  1. wk057

    wk057 Senior Tinkerer

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    #1 wk057, Jun 17, 2014
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    So, there are quite a few salvage/damaged Model S available it seems.

    I was considering buying one for a project.

    Seems most have damage to the front fender area... I'm wondering if there is something here that makes these impossible to legally repair?

    Anyone have any details on anything along these lines? Just looking for opinions. Half tempted to pick up one just for the battery and motor to do a conversion of something else. lol.
     
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    If you want to see some of what is involved in salvaging a Model S, or are considering transplanting the drivetrain in to something else, Thou Shalt Read Otmar's Blog
     
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    wk057 Senior Tinkerer

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    Seems like it'd be a fun project to restore it to drivable, then transplant. But I'd be worried that the damage would be too extreme to do the former...

    After looking through Otmar's Blog earlier, his was in way worse shape, IMO, than one I'd consider. I'd probably only consider one that already was able to be put in drive and have the rear wheels turn.

    Been keeping an eye on auctions and other places for weeks... and the problem is most of those have substantial damage to the front of the vehicle...

    I figure I could grab one... and worst case just resell it at possibly a small loss if it turns out to be too daunting of a project.
     
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    I know of a (structurely sound) blue 85kw Model 'S' that has panel damage on the (right hand) passenger side back door, passenger door, wing mirror, and front wheel panel.

    Details: 85 kW, delivered March 2013 in Louisiana. Vehicle was owned privately with about 3000 miles on the clock/speedo. I dont know if the owner wants to sell it and the price BUT there is (one catch) the vehicle is currently domiciled in Germany (-:

    I can contact the owner on your behalf to ask him about it and if he would want to sell. Let me know, and also if possible what sort of (ballpark) general price offer you might consider !!!

    Cheers > Peter in New Zealand
     
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    Hmm... not sure what would be involved getting it from Germany... sounds like more of a headache than domestic shipping. hehe
     
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    Dont know either about the shipping > It went from the USA to Germany OK so I presume the reverse would also be OK ??? Anyhow let me know if any interest at all. Cheers .. Peter front.jpg
     
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    That car does not look happy :(
     
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    Looking around some more...

    Specifically what I was talking about in my first post:

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    I'm not sure how repairable that is... although this Model S is reported to turn on, shift into gear, move, charge, etc... that damage around the front suspension is what scares me, however.
     
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    The Model 'S' I mentioned seems to be just fine mechanically and structually

    There seems to be only side swipe damage causing that superficial panel damage and the wing mirror totalled.

    I dont know what you guys in the USA call the 'wing mirror' ... frontside.jpg side mirror I guess >> Cheers, Peter
     
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    "Wing Mirror" in the US is called a "Side-view mirror".

    If that owner is parting out the car, let me know, I am in the market for a set of headlights (assuming they aren't broken... they look ok in the picture) ! :)
     
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    Still havent found a suitable salvage car. :(

    All either have way too much structural damage or the seller wants way too much money. (The one in the pic I posted wants $42k.... $25k more than the price they bought it for at auction... offered $30k + shipping and they turned it down, which would be $13k profit for them)
     
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    Certainly not worth $42k. People get minor hood/front end damage and get $10k+ bills. That has serious bodywork issues, the frame around the suspension looks completely shot, and that's the DC/DC converter exposed in the wheel well that looks a little dinged up. I doubt that's a cheap part. It's probably cheaper to buy a new one that fix that one.

    So, yes, keep looking. Good luck in your search.
     
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    I was personally thinking of finding one as you are in the near future, our shop has a P85+ and I would love to have one as a daily. Look out for the damaged areas though, a solid frame is most important for safety and also so everything will align correctly.
     
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    I am interested in buying all control arms and spindles on this vehicle. Can you email me pricing
     
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    #15 NigelM, Jun 27, 2014
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    The OP hasn't bought the car, read up-thread, and please don't multiple post in different threads.
     

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