VW Vortex - Volkswagen Forum banner
101 - 120 of 121 Posts

·
Registered
Yellow 1981 4-Door Rabbit L FI Gasoline 1.7L
Joined
·
93 Posts
Discussion Starter · #101 ·
Surprised to hear that.… they’d have gone higher, lol.

-Todd
I was going to fight for more by bugging my parents to let me but I didn't feel I needed to after the shock from 7k. 😂

My mother was reading the report that tells me how they values my car and apparently the guy inspecting it gave me credit since the engine bay was so clean and there was like no rust.
 

·
Registered
Nine diesels of which five are MK1 VWs
Joined
·
2,346 Posts
Surprised to hear that.… they’d have gone higher, lol.

-Todd
I was going to fight for more by bugging my parents to let me but I didn't feel I needed to after the shock from 7k.
When someone makes you a reasonable offer, you take it. I'm glad it worked out well for you.

I think it may have to do with the nature of the "full coverage" policy. From the insurance company perspective, customers that pay for premium coverage are keepers; not to be trifled with. Unlike cheapskates like me that want $4K off a $100 dollar per year comprehensive rider.
 
  • Like
Reactions: JohntheLeprchaun

·
Registered
Nine diesels of which five are MK1 VWs
Joined
·
2,346 Posts
Weren’t you the guy rationalizing a Rabbit grill was worth $1,000, to an insurance company…?

-Todd
I was reimbursed for the actual cost of a good used egg crate grille at $750. That was what it took to make me whole. Incidentally I didn't have to argue about it, I just showed a photo of a handwritten reciept.

My insurance company initially valued my truck at $2500. I argued and they upped their evaluation to $5000, which covered the repairs including the replacement grille. Unlike John's situation, my company never actually looked at my truck. They were just trying it on because I was winning at the casino.

From an insurance company perspective, John is a good customer with a long driving career ahead of him. Think of the future premiums! I, on the other hand am a financial looser for the company, so if I bugger off then all the better.
 
  • Like
Reactions: JohntheLeprchaun

·
Registered
Nine diesels of which five are MK1 VWs
Joined
·
2,346 Posts
Totaled it (is) not, you’ll have the ability to get the car back. As long as the unibody isn’t tweaked, you could hammer the metal out of the wheel well, and get the car back on the road.
If it's drivable, you may want to take it to some body shops and ask what they would want to repair it. I would estimate $5K. Tell the body shop that you know a guy who will ship you that smashed rear door in yellow. It may be under the knife for a month or more.

In the mean time, just borrow one of your parent's cars.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
7,442 Posts
I was reimbursed for the actual cost of a good used egg crate grille at $750. That was what it took to make me whole. Incidentally I didn't have to argue about it, I just showed a photo of a handwritten reciept.
Who provided that receipt? The body shop that had your truck, lol? I’m glad you got what you wanted for it, but you may have set a record!

My quote you edited should have read “totaled or not”. I usually proofread, but occasionally typos slip by.

It is totaled, which is why it’ll have a salvage title, if he decides to buy it back. Not sure what the law states in his area, but I doubt it can be driven (legally) on public roads without being repaired, then inspected, by his local MVC, DOT, or whatever organization. I don’t know the laws in his state, and I recommend he research them.

There are unscrupulous ways to get that car back on the road, but his parents would not approve!

-Todd
 

·
Registered
Yellow 1981 4-Door Rabbit L FI Gasoline 1.7L
Joined
·
93 Posts
Discussion Starter · #107 ·
If it's drivable, you may want to take it to some body shops and ask what they would want to repair it. I would estimate $5K. Tell the body shop that you know a guy who will ship you that smashed rear door in yellow. It may be under the knife for a month or more.

In the mean time, just borrow one of your parent's cars.
I'll get it quoted at the least and see what I am allowed to do.

I feel like I'm just making excuses but my mother won't let me use her car and yet she's upset everytime I get a ride from a friend. :/ She also doesn't want me spending more money on a car she deems not worth the money. I have to get a good enough of a quote to convince my mother. I hope it works out but I'm not trying to get my hopes up.

Edit: I think she just wants me to get rid of the car at this point...
I'll be sure to mention the door part. Thank you.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
7,442 Posts
I spoke to the owner of a body shop, I use. He deals with insurance companies, all the time. The law may vary in your state, so do your research.

The insurance company cannot force you to accept a salvage title. If they want your car, they need to provide you with 3 quotes from other salvage yards and offer you the option to buy the car back. They probably won’t want to get the quotes, and AFAIK, they did the last part. Even if they do everything, if you buy it back, they cannot force you to relinquish your title to them. Tell them you refuse to do so. I stated this in an earlier post of mine, although I’m in NJ.

You won’t have a salvage title and you can drive your car on public roads, whether you decide to fix it or not. Verify it’s safe, before doing the latter. The caveat is, if someone runs a Carfax report, the vin will show as totaled, and not show the reason. Obviously, this only matters if you’re trying to sell the car. As a spare car, winter beater, pizza delivery car, or whatever, who cares...?

If you settled with the insurance company, none of this matters. If you’re still in negotiations, try to keep your title.

I’ll mention it again… do your own research about the law in your state, or just call your insurance company and lay it on the line!

Tell your mom some weird guy, ToddA1 from the internet, told you to do it!!

-Todd
 

·
Registered
Yellow 1981 4-Door Rabbit L FI Gasoline 1.7L
Joined
·
93 Posts
Discussion Starter · #109 · (Edited)
I spoke to the owner of a body shop, I use. He deals with insurance companies, all the time. The law may vary in your state, so do your research.

The insurance company cannot force you to accept a salvage title. If they want your car, they need to provide you with 3 quotes from other salvage yards and offer you the option to buy the car back. They probably won’t want to get the quotes, and AFAIK, they did the last part. Even if they do everything, if you buy it back, they cannot force you to relinquish your title to them. Tell them you refuse to do so. I stated this in an earlier post of mine, although I’m in NJ.

You won’t have a salvage title and you can drive your car on public roads, whether you decide to fix it or not. Verify it’s safe, before doing the latter. The caveat is, if someone runs a Carfax report, the vin will show as totaled, and not show the reason. Obviously, this only matters if you’re trying to sell the car. As a spare car, winter beater, pizza delivery car, or whatever, who cares...?

If you settled with the insurance company, none of this matters. If you’re still in negotiations, try to keep your title.

I’ll mention it again… do your own research about the law in your state, or just call your insurance company and lay it on the line!

Tell your mom some weird guy, ToddA1 from the internet, told you to do it!!

-Todd
It's already gone through the whole process. Sadly, my parents have already gone through everything for me and made it a salvage title. But, I get to keep the car and the $7100. I will keep it for a while but my mother wants me to get a different car since I will need something more trustworthy in my college years.

Since I'm about to finally get out of the house, hopefully once school is over, I might try to keep the car and rent a duplex with a garage. That would be so cool. I will try to hold onto the Rabbit for that long and continue to work on it but I would not be surprised if I have to sell it because of my parents not wanting a car sitting in their driveway.

If I had to, I would love to sell it to one of you guys as a whole (my mother is strictly against me parting it out now :/) but I don't know what it's worth to you all and I don't know how you would come get it depending on your location. But, the offer may come up some day.

Edit: thanks a ton for the information though. Also, if I have to get a newer car, which I think I will, I am going to try to get a GTI or at least something manual and fun.
 

·
Registered
Yellow 1981 4-Door Rabbit L FI Gasoline 1.7L
Joined
·
93 Posts
Discussion Starter · #110 ·
To make a long story short, I couldn't find a good VW within my range and price. I'm super bummed because I even found three caddies in another state for only $3850. I would've loved that... Ugh. In the end, I needed a daily, and soon. I ended up purchasing a 1999 Lexus GS300. It's not fun, manual, and all that, but it does have some redeeming qualities I'm focusing on.
I hope I get my own place soon so I can become another VW guy with at least one car sitting in his yard. Thank you to everyone on this thread because getting this car running smoothly.
Making it feel like it was mine actually really helped me when I needed it. With quarantine and covid and all that jazz, I lost my connections to all of my friends. I got my first smart phone a month later and came here to get help. A year later, and I was already only focused on some odds and ends that needed to be repaired. The area between 6th grade to the beginning of my Junior year was terrible. I got the car right at the end of my Junior year and started talking to you all. The car gave me something to focus on. I like comparing it to art almost. No one has to understand, it distracts you, and satisfied a part of me I didn't know was there.
I keep trying to move on from VW but there's an emotional part of me now that won't let me get over it. It's not the car that hurts losing, it's the connection or something to look forward to. You guys were a part of that. Thank you a ton.
My only regret with this thread is I didn't include you all enough. I also didn't do enough to get enough content for you all. I never really talked to any of you personally or followed your builds. I never thought of asking. So, can you guys give me a link to your guys' build if you have them? I wouldn't add much to then but it'd be cool to still see you guys doing things. Special thanks from me is given to @echassin for telling me to start this thread. I'm not sure how to @ people so there's that.
Thank you guys and if you want to follow what I'm doing and have Instagram, my account is @mk1nobody
Again, thank you.
 

·
Registered
Yellow 1981 4-Door Rabbit L FI Gasoline 1.7L
Joined
·
93 Posts
Discussion Starter · #111 ·
Also, I'm not allowed to part the rabbit out and I'm pretty busy lately so I doubt I'd have the time to do that anyways. I'm going to have to sell it.

I'm still waiting for the rabbit to get delivered back to me but if any of you would like it in the meantime, please message me. If not, I'm open to any advice.

The car is super clean... Besides the giant crunch in the side. No rust, except like a one square centimeter on the rear right fender. I still have yet to measure the frame to see if it bowed in the middle. It has a full interior except speakers because they blew out and I took them out. The only issues when it comes to running and driving is that there is a small fuel leak on one of the hoses on the CIS system. It's really accessible, just never got to replacing it.
 

·
Registered
Yellow 1981 4-Door Rabbit L FI Gasoline 1.7L
Joined
·
93 Posts
Discussion Starter · #113 ·
I can't keep it. If I had my own place, I would. Neither of my parents are open to me keeping it. The cost to repair it completely would be about $5800 according to who looked at my car for insurance. It's not legal to drive and it needs to be repaired enough to pass a specific inspection so that the car isn't marked as a danger. I would try to get it fixed but my insurance has already switched the tags over and my mother doesn't feel like messing with my insurance or getting tags for it. I would do it myself but I'm in a house where, if I did that, I'd get in serious trouble.
 

·
Registered
Yellow 1981 4-Door Rabbit L FI Gasoline 1.7L
Joined
·
93 Posts
Discussion Starter · #114 ·
Just wanted to update that I still have the rabbit. I measured the frame by using the measurements in the Bentley manual. I can't recall the page number or anything on me. But, there was a measurement for the length between the two mounting points for the rear bench seat. It was labeled as "i" in the manual. It is supposed to be about 45 inches between those two points and it's roughly 42 inches for my Rabbit. So that's a yikes.
I had some single digit weather the other day and decided it might be fun to see if she'd start up. Four slow cranks in, and it started up like a champ. 😂 Of course it choked a few times here and there, but it is cool how it just works so well,
On another note, I think someone tried breaking into the rabbit because the passenger front door handle was slightly ripped from the door, so that's interesting.
I'm thinking I might keep the rabbit and fix it another time in my life but the issue is the fact I do not have anywhere to put it. I could strip the car but I'm not sure where I'd put those parts even then. I plan on getting an apartment asap once I graduate high school and I'm already cutting it close on my budget from what I can tell after setting up an idea of what I'd have to pay. Maybe if I can get more scholarships I can afford a small storage unit. I hope I can obtain some sort of area where I can work on a project but I might have to bite the bullet and accept I can't do that for two years.
After getting my Gen. Ed. in my two years of college in Missouri, I'll move to Florida where I'll live with my Father and he'll teach me how to be an auto-broker. I'll have lots of room there and a "massive" garage to do whatever in.
 

·
Registered
Yellow 1981 4-Door Rabbit L FI Gasoline 1.7L
Joined
·
93 Posts
Discussion Starter · #117 ·
Can you ship it down to dad now? If he's willing to store it for free you'll ultimately save more money shipping it than paying to store for two years.
I talked to my father and he's down for it. He said the prices for shipment will go down in April so he'll get that sorted out then. So, unless anything dumb comes up, looks like I have an amazing parts car.
 

·
Registered
Yellow 1981 4-Door Rabbit L FI Gasoline 1.7L
Joined
·
93 Posts
Discussion Starter · #119 ·
I told her about the idea of it getting picked up in April and she seemed happy about it. So I guess it's alright for now. I just hope the plan doesn't fall through and then it'll be an issue with her.
 

·
Registered
Yellow 1981 4-Door Rabbit L FI Gasoline 1.7L
Joined
·
93 Posts
Discussion Starter · #120 ·
Hey guys! I went on an adventure last weekend and picked up a MG Midget. I'm trying to sell the Lexus so I can put a bit of money into the Midget and beef up my bank account. Lol

Tire Automotive parking light Wheel Car Sky

Automotive parking light Tire Wheel Automotive side marker light Vehicle

Car Vehicle Hood Motor vehicle Steering wheel

Tire Wheel Vehicle Car Hood

Automotive parking light Car Automotive tail & brake light Vehicle Vehicle registration plate

Car Vehicle Motor vehicle Automotive design Car seat cover


Also, it looks better in the pictures than it really is. Barely any of the gauges work and there's rust patches in the body work I'll need to learn how to fix. But, the floorboards and frame are solid as can be. The turn signals and hazards also don't work now. (Yay wiring! 🙄)
The Rabbit has been moved to my friend's backyard to get it off of my parent's property. I still plan to ship it to Florida asap.
When I was driving the Midget home, the tire blew. The friend I brought along the way is the same guy who helped me learn some wiring with the Rabbit. He helped me not be afraid to work on the car and dig into it. You all helped me quite a bit as well and thank you.
Tire Automotive parking light Wheel Land vehicle Automotive side marker light
 

Attachments

101 - 120 of 121 Posts
Top