Usually the month of Feb is fairly slow for me, with taxes coming up and all. But this month has proven to be pretty busy and I did a fair amount of driving all over the place. I had to go to Copart (a huge car graveyard where wrecked cars go to be auctioned off) a couple weeks ago to see a couple cars (one being this Honda Odyssey…)While driving around looking for the vehicles I needed to inspect, I noticed something rather unusual. There seemed to be Acura’s everywhere! Now, don’t get me wrong. Acura’s get wrecked just like any other car. But out of all the cars I inspect, I just don’t see to many of them. So you can imagine the double take when I spotted this ’02-ish TL hammered in the Rt sideThen I noticed the car behind it…what the? Another newer gen TL, hammered all over! This one I dedicate to Jason over at http://drivenfordrives.wordpress.com/Notice the Rt front wheel? Seriously? How hard do you need to hit the wheel to have it just snap off like that?! So Jason, if you ever get the urge to roll you’re sweet TL…well, just click the picture to enlarge & hopefully that will be good enough for you. It’s very rare I see a TL at copart, but this was a very unusual site for me.2 different gen’s of TL right next to each other. Sad as can be. I also saw a little black RSX with severe front end damage. I was about to get a pic of that one as well when I noticed this 2010 MDX sitting there.There was nothing wrong with it! why was it here? Until of coarse I walked around the back of it…But even still? This Vehicle should not really be here. It’s a repairable unit. I’ll explain for those that don’t know how a Total Loss works in the insurance world. A total loss vehicle is not necessarily one that has so much damage that it looks like a train hit it. Although, yes, that would be a total loss. To an insurance company, it’s a numbers game. I’ll give an example with easy math. Lets say you’re driving a car that’s worth $10,000 and someone comes along and hits it pretty good. An insurance company will have someone like me write up a repair estimate on it to see what all is needed & and more importantly, how much it will cost to repair. Anything over 70% of Actual Cash Value (ACV) or in this example, $7,000 they will total the car. The magic percentage for most insurance companies is 70% of ACV. The other 30% they leave open for the cost rental coverage during repairs. The possibility of hidden damages that will need to be covered. Plus they also factor in salvage value (how much they will get for the remains thru Copart). It’s all about the percentages. If we were talking about a new $40,000 vehicle and the repair bill was $7,000, they would fix it all day long. But on an older car that wasn’t worth $5,000, it would be cheaper for them to buy the car from the owner at ACV, then it would to pay to repair the car.
So I was a little confused as to why this MDX was here. Without writing anything up, I’d say the repair cost on this MDX would be in the $7,000 ballbark as the damage looks like it’s above the frame rails.But weirder things have happened I guess. I also saw this little Scion FR-S. I’ve read a lot of good things about these little cars. It was sad to see such a new car already sitting waiting to be sold for scrap. I might have to go drive one sometime…Speaking of driving, I did drive this creampuff 1995 Legend Coupe…
This is one of those real life clean one owner stories. A woman bought it new back in 1995 and had the dealer do all the maintenance on it. She finally decided to trade it in on a new Acura. This car was like sitting in a time capsule. It’s in such good shape I am tempted to buy it myself. But I really don’t have a use for it. I have my trusty TSX and I just bought the Princess her RDX. Plus we have a ’96 Tacoma that just sits in the driveway. Josie will likely be selling it this summer since she literally never dries it anymore. But this Legend is just too sweet not to tell people about. So, if you’ve ever thought about owning one of these Legend Coupe’s, this is the one for you. It’s currently at the Lyle Pearson Acura Dealer here in Boise, ID. They’re asking about $8,000 for it (yes, I know. But keep in mind that these were $50k-$55k new back in ’95! Plus it’s an ultra rarity to find an actual clean one owner like this one) You can contact Jason Bernier @ 208-371-2886 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
This winter was lot’s of fog, inversion, snow & rain. So when the sun finally came out it was a big deal. In the last 8 years I’ve lived in this area, I can’t remember so much fog. It reminded me of why they call this “Big Sky” country…During all the weather this last month, I was heading up to Donnelly (near McCall) and came across a large ball of snow in the middle of the street. Normally I would swerve around it, just in case. But this time there was oncoming traffic on the 2 lane windy road, so I decide to straddle it. WHAM! The rear end hopped up it hit so hard. Apparently it was a large rock covered in snow. It took 2 more miles before I came across a place to pull over to inspect. Everything looked OK, nothing bashed in, that I could see. But more importantly, no leaking fluids. So on I went to Donnelly (another hour & 1/2 away). I checked again, still nothing. Called Acura and said I would be stopping by in about 2 hours and needed an open rack. Arrived at the dealer with no problems, & put the TSX on a lift to check it out. All we could find was this plastic protector was brokenand we found some of the exhaust pipes were dented & creased… I was very lucky… 6 inches to the Lt and it would have taken out the fuel tank! While it was in the air, I notice the underside of the rear bumper behind the wheels. It was rock blasted down to the bare plastic. It was nice and textured from all the rocks hitting it over the years…We also noticed it may be getting close to time for replacing the front lower control arm bushings. This next service will be pretty spendy! It will be the big 400K! I need to flush both the trans and the brake systems, change out filters, maybe the control arm bushings (I’ll have to see if it’s more cost effective to buy and replace just the bushings, or just replace the Lwr control arm assy) plus the AC as it will be getting hot before we know it. But this time around it was just another oil change and that plastic protector. Which brings us the the latest Mileage reading of…Next month will be a HUGE milestone for my car! 400,000 miles! I will now leave you, until next time, with wishes of wellness, thoughts of happiness, and what the hell….