Thinking of buying a cat c car, is there any way of finding out what the damage was before the repair was made? ( can insurance companies hold this info) previous owner bought the car as a cat c so he doesnt no, i cant find out who repaired the car just told it had passenger rear door replaced and part of the sill, the car only has 35000 on the clock is a 53 reg subaru impreza with all previous mots to back it up and has full dealer service history, but would like to find out what the damage was as piece of mind.
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The best thing to do is have the car put on a lift, you may have damaged the gear selector switch, but before racing ahead to overhaul have it checked for external damage, trans overhauls are very expensive, here (USA) $2000-3000, not cheap.
No one here can tell you all of the items that will be wrong with the flood damaged car and need replacing.
The car may also have had numerous engine and other problems before it was damaged with flood waters.
Never ever buy a flood damaged car and you now know why. Nor can you rely on others for advice on the extent of the water level in the car. They can tell you anything and probably will. If you did not see the car submerged you really have little idea how much water actually went through it.
Sorry to be blunt but you need to cut your losses and get rid of the car or you will find, as you have found so far, that it is a highly unreliable expensive money pit. Insurance companies don't repair cars like you purchased because the cost of repair would normally exceed the total insured value of the car in its undamaged running state. I don't know why you would think you would be getting value in buying a non running flood damaged 8 year old German vehicle .
No. The one thing that you should be concerned with is when you cause damage to someone else. They will sue you for millions even if the damage is just $50 because they think you have much money since you can afford an airplane. I suggest you consult with an insurance agent to find out your options and which is the better alternative. Aircraft liability insurance would be happy to explore together with you the possibility of getting your plane insured. Insurances are there to give us peace of mind and that is in fact what insurances are for. Explore the varied insurance coverage that the company offers and find a good one for your plane. I personally believe that any type of transportation should be insured.
Hello, First, you can try to call your Insurance company. Be sure to explain up front that your vehicle was tied up for many months since the accident and that the completion date of the repair is the "Returned to Service date".
This should help clear the way for a "Hidden" damage claim and also point out to the Insurance company that the Repair shop worked on the part immediately in front of the leak. Now I suspect the removal of the Vibration damper (which sometimes must be pried off) is the root cause of the oil leak.
If someone poked a screwdriver around the front engine seal to remove the Vibration Damper it could easily ruin the front oil seal by the crankshaft. The metal is not a hard metal and the casing could also be cracked by improper removal of the Vibration Damper. They should have used a pulley puller for this task.
In either matter, if the oil runs out it can smoke the bearings, and actually the entire engine. (Lifters, Valve train, Camshaft, etc)
Your Insurance adjuster is your best friend for this. It is his job to make sure that the Repairs are complete. If the vehicle is damaged in the Repair process, then the Insurance company and Repair facility should fight this out with you being a non-combative interested third party.
Only after you fail to get satisfaction, should you need a Lawyer. Just find out what the Statute of Limitations is in your State to file a claim. The Lawyer should know who is to be sued and you need to have the long form of your Insurance Policy handy so he/she can tell if you agreed to Arbitration when signing the Insurance Policy.
I hate to see anyone cheated, and the Repair shop has caused more damage to the engine than he received to repair the Vehicle body. So that is why the Repair shop would be reluctant to help. But the Repair shop could stand to be banned from fixing your Insurers' future claims. Those economics can be harsh if you are insured with a Major insurer. Good Luck on this and I hope you find my Solution helpful.
Sell the car to somebody in FL, no inspection. The state realized it was a total waste of money. Anyway, it probably is the cat, you have 3 or 4 O2 sensors, maybe more. The cat is shot, Just take out the cat, park the car in the street, Call the police in the morning and tell them somebody stole your cat. happens all the time, they go right down the road and cut out 100 cats a night, for $50 each, I don't blame them. The insurance co will buy you a new one if you have the right coverage. If not, you will have to buy a new one, because you can't use an old one. But you can sell the old one on ebay for $50. They are expensive to buy. Hope this helps.
I would think it would be far cheaper to repair this engine than to buy another one. Remove the head and see what damage was done. It may not be as bad as you think and you may only have a couple of bent valves or a busted piston. You won't know until you open it up.
When you replace the seals for fuel injectors, it's a good idea to soak the rubber seals in gasoline before installing them. This will help the rubber to swell a bit. Remove your battery connection before working on your car if you couldn't find your fuel pump relay. This give you fire insurance.
Maybe you fried your ign control module. If dry chemical went inside the intake you'll have to clean that up preventing it getting sucked inside the combustion chamber. If you fire this inside, you might bend a valve, damage your cat converter, damage your 02 sensors, damage your exhaust valve.
Working with fuel is risky, even if fire or sparks are not present it can ignite from compressing the mixture. Maybe you should buy more insurance. Remember a real mechanic may not know how each and every car works but knows every danger involved while working on it. Safety first. Cut all power before screwing around electrical work.