I have a 1971 Mercedes Benz 180 SL. It was in excellent condition until it was hit and the frame was bent. can you tell me if the car is worth repairing? I have heard that once a frame is bent a car isn't worth fixing.
Country: United StatesMake: mercedes benzModel: 180 SLYear: 1971
Someone hit my car and bent the frame. Is it worth fixing? I have been told that it is never going to be same. Is that true?
Good morning, my name is Walter.
"Worth" can have a different values depending on what the car means to you. Purely from a standpoint of -- "Will it cost you more to fix than the repaired car is worth?" -- it's quite likely that it will.
For others, if it was the first car you bought new, a car that has been in the family for a long time, etc., than "worth" takes on a different meaning beyond simply a zero sum game. Only you would be able to weigh any personal attachment.
Depending on the extent of the damage, your car can likely be correctly repaired so long as who is doing the work can execute it correctly.
If you don't want the frustration and expense of such a project though, the smart money is probably just going out and finding another unwrecked example of what you had before.
I hope I've helped in some way with the decision you're trying to make. If you'd like to discuss further, please don't hesitate to ask.
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