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Need help with Body

Ok, Im 25 live in Annapolis, going to college dont have alot of money and my 74 914 1.8 with 70,000 original gets hit in the back end. Hit and run....Insurance wont cover more than $1500, and of course i have a $500 deductible, and my three estimates adverage about $4000. Thinking of putting on a body kit. Anyone have any ideas or help they can offer. The car was hit in the left rear quarter, still runs fine with no loss of balance or steering control.

thanks for the help guys.
Old 12-14-1999, 01:41 PM
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Hey! Nice Rack! "Celette"
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First: Are you sure your appraiser valued your car fairly? What did he determine the average market value was. If the car totaled, how much did he recover from you for salvage? I'm asking because If the guy (OOPS person) didn't use real world resourses, you got less than fair value. You do have rights and can provide your own resource information. 1000.00 cash doesn't buy much of a body kit or pay the shop to put it on. Heres my suggestion; Hunt down a salvage panel, Or a whole non running parts car. Go to the local tec school and talk to the instructor. Maybe he'll take the car in as a class project, or a 2nd year student may take it home to their back yard shop. Good Luck
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You got too little for the totalled 914. I hope you haven't signed a settlement yet.

My 1.7 914 was hit in front of my house, not too bad, but the repair estimate was $4000, the insurance elected to total the car rather than fix it, and offered me $4200 (I know that was more than the estimate, I suppose they just didn't want to deal with it)
They offered to sell the car back to me for $200. I got a check for $4000,
I repaired the car myself,
I suggest you look thru the want adds on this web site, and others. List all the used 914 prices, compare year models, engine sizes etc... and pick the top three prices,(or more if they are close) and present that to the insurance company.
demand that they give you your price, or repair your car to your satisfaction. You have to tell them this is a collectable Porsche and not just some 30 year old car.
My experience is that some insurance companies are good, and pay with minimal hassle, others can be a royal pain.
Remind them that you can take them to Court, and are prepared to do so. They hate going to court, cause it costs them money to send their lawyer. You can do it in small claims (check the monetary limits for that in your state) and thus you represent yourself, you do not need a lawyer. Many states offer free small claims advice, from the local BAR association. Be well prepaired in court, have documentation all ready and organized, where a suit and tie, and be very respectful of the judge, NEVER interrupt him, nor the other party. Chances are you will win more than what they offer you if you are well prepaired. Also check any local 914 clubs that can help determine the price of your car BEFORE the crash,
Maybe a club member can show up with you as a witness to the value of the car. Kindly off to the judge to see the car if you can bring it, he may decline, but will see this as a good faith offer.
Also get three high repair estimates, and tell the judge that you are willing to take the mid, or lower repair estimate, thus showing him you are resonable and wish to comprimise, this will help you greatly.
good luck

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Some sources for 914 prices: (also good if you're looking to buy a 914)

> , the Porsche Classified
>Digest, searches several newspapers' databases all at once.
> lists advertisements from more.
> mailto<img src="ultimate/tongue.gif" , the Porsche Market Letter
>is nothing *but* Porsche classifieds. I forget what a subscrip-
>tion costs, but it's pretty low.
> The 914 Club's homepage, , has
>two sections where you may find cars for sale. The "Want Ads",
>and "Cars for Sale". (How logical--at least theat second one...
> ;^)
> The 914 Fan Page has a "For Sale"
>section in its forum. It doesn't seem to get a lot of traffic,
> The Pelican Parts page [URL] has
>some cars listed for sale, plus the "used 914 parts and cars"
>section of the Pelican BBS.
> If you're in the Midwest, Perry Keihl's 914 Network
> in TN or Brad Mayeur's 914 Limited
> in IL sometimes find reasonable
>cars to sell. And they're both good at making unreasonable cars
>into reasonable ones.
> Finally, the 914 Rennlist is a
>source of lots of 914 info, including some cars for sale. (Also
>check the "cars for sale" section of the website!)

This is an excerpt from a longer e-mail I sent to someone asking a similar question.


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