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Old 02-18-2002, 12:02 AM   #1
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Question Dealers + hail damage


Yesterday, I took a new WRX Wagon for a test drive. The car had moderate hail damage on the hood and roof.

If I decide to make an offer on the car it would be helpful to know the standard operating procedure for a car dealer once hail hits.

Are they able to claim the cost of the damage from insurance? Do they hope to find a sucker who will pay MSRP?

What is a reasonable offer on a new vehicle with hail damage?

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Old 02-18-2002, 12:30 AM   #2
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Buy a different wagon or I hope they make a great deal on the wagon with hail damage....
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Old 02-18-2002, 12:48 AM   #3
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Default remember diminshed resale value

Remember you have diminshed resale value, so if you decide to sell it soon after you buy it, and you payed MSRP you willl actually have to pay money to get rid of the car.

Don't let them talk you into near original value. Get a repair estimate from a body shop and knock that off the price as a starting point. Then since most peaple will not buy it in that state, there is also a deduction because they will have few customers who will want to even offer on it.

Just my view.

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Old 02-18-2002, 07:33 AM   #4
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Hell, If I were in the area, I would kiss my brother's ars (not litterally) for a few months and put an offer on the car. Definately below invoice. My brother is working his way into body work and paint. Would be a good excuse to do some fun body work and paint. Nothing excesive, just clean.
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Old 02-18-2002, 03:09 PM   #5
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See if you can find one of the paintless dent repair specialists in the classifieds. These guys are gypsies and usually show up in any town that has had a significant hail storm. Berst bet for repair estimate.
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