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post #1 of 31 (permalink) Old 01-08-2017, 11:40 PM Thread Starter
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Salvage auction 4C

Folks, there are a couple of 4C coupes going to auction today with Texas and Florida salvage titles. Both are priced a hair above $30k and appear fairly intact with what looks to be minor scuffs to the bumpers...
Can experts or previous owners shime in on whether these seemingly minor surface scruffs are hiding structural damage to the carbon fiber tub or suspension elements behind them, or whether those plastic bumpers really cost $25k to repair or replace???

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Looking at that photo you might need a new bumper, but the carbon tub, does not go further than just in front of the rear wheels, so very unlikely to have any damage. Regarding suspension, you really need to look at the wheel alignment.

I am sure that the rear bumper is expensive, though. You can search for more 4C info here: Alfa Romeo 4C Forums

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It does look temptingly sweet.
Any clue what those bumpers should cost... even roughly in Sweden (euro style), for budgeting and comparison purposes???
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Not really, but a guess could be 3.000 euro or above...
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Don't be fooled by what looks like a scuff. The insurance companies walked away from the cars for a reason.

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Having scuffed my 4C (on the track), I can tell you that what didn't look bad ended up being major surgery. Aside from the more obvious (fascia & front left fender) I had bent a wheel, control arm and the front subframe. The front fenders are soft plastic supported by an aluminum spider web of fingers which also had be replaced. The repair cost me $15k. Would have been $20k if it was an insurance job. The headlight alone was $800.

The insurance companies write off a car when the cost of the repair equals the value of the car. It's a $60k +++ car. Yes, as long as the carbon fiber tub is not damaged, the rest of is just bolt-on parts.


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"The insurance companies write off a car when the cost of the repair equals the value of the car"

In our cases of used Alfas of earlier years, the insurance company usually totaled the car at ~40% of the assessed value.
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Having scuffed my 4C (on the track), I can tell you that what didn't look bad ended up being major surgery. Aside from the more obvious (fascia & front left fender) I had bent a wheel, control arm and the front subframe. The front fenders are soft plastic supported by an aluminum spider web of fingers which also had be replaced. The repair cost me $15k. Would have been $20k if it was an insurance job. The headlight alone was $800.

The insurance companies write off a car when the cost of the repair equals the value of the car. It's a $60k +++ car. Yes, as long as the carbon fiber tub is not damaged, the rest of is just bolt-on parts.


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It's great that you were able to repair your 4C .

In some states the repair cost is covered by law. in Kentucky, it is mandatory to total a car when repair is over 75% of it's value, and the insurance company is penalized for doing anything different (ask me how I know...).

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Enjoyed your 'diary' of the LE saga... the write up is like an action romance 💞... you're one of the lucky ones with an understanding wife😉.
Unfortunately the corsa rosso I had my eyes on got sold already... guess I'll make do with those two and their evil step sister for a while...

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Wow... I spoke too soon... the auction is back on... let you guys know soon.

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Good luck. Keep us updated.
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Got it!!! Florida 'salvage repairable' title... 'no structural damage' listed on the carfax 😃

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If no structural damage, why did the insurance company walk away?
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Got it!!! Florida 'salvage repairable' title... 'no structural damage' listed on the carfax 😃
Is it the one in the picture from the first post?
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Got it!!! Florida 'salvage repairable' title... 'no structural damage' listed on the carfax 😃
Did you buy it?

Two words on that tub: Gorilla Glue
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