How JustAnswer Works:

  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site.
    Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.

Ask Tim Mohr Your Own Question

Tim Mohr
Tim Mohr, ASE MASTER TECH
Category: VW
Satisfied Customers: 13280
Experience:  30 YRS EXPERIENCE, FOREIGN AND DOMESTIC, GAS AND DEISEL
17454363
Type Your VW Question Here...
Tim Mohr is online now
A new question is answered every 9 seconds

Volkswagen Cabriolet: I need to decide what to do with my car

Customer Question

I need to decide what to do with my car ASAP!

I have an 87 cab (manual trans, base model) that is near and dear to me, but was recently in an accident. The bumper was pushed into the grill and there was some frame damage on the front driver side between the grill and wheel well but no mechanical damage except maybe tire alignment or something. I don't know what they're called, but the pieces with the crumple zones that hold the bumper and go back under the car (I think until the front of the cab) need to be replaced. Before the accident, the car was in great shape (well kept up and only 84,000 miles). I love this car and am willing to pay to fix it, but...

What I need to know, is after repairs, will the car be appreciably less safe than it was before? Say if I was in another front end accident?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: VW
Expert:  Tim Mohr replied 1 year ago.
hi, my name is XXXXX XXXXX there is frame damage, it is weakened, and you dont always know to what extent, and thius will depreciate the vehicle sugnificantly, most all acciden that cause frame damage will be reported , and this would come up on a carfax or other reports, which will diminish the value alot, are you paying this yourself or through insurance?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.


I am not concerned about the money, only with the safety of the vehicle. Because the value of the car is less than the cost of the repairs, the insurance company is declaring it a total loss. If I keep the car, I don't plan on ever selling it so I'm not concerned with the carfax either.


 


The grill is pushed in a little but the sides of the car are not "crumpled". I'm not sure the right term, but the exterior plate on the front drivers side of the car was pushed back so it was flush with the driver door and the wheel well was against the tire.


 


I understand the safety of the vehicle will not be 100% of what it was before the accident. I want to know if it will be significantly less safe and in what way.

Expert:  Tim Mohr replied 1 year ago.
If it damaged the plate back by the drivers door, then the whole frame from the front to the cab will need to be replaced, if it is replaced and not just repaired, it should be safe as original, but if repaired, i would not rely on it for safety, have you had it checked out at a body and frame shop?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.


It is currently at a body shop. I was quoted $7000-$8000 for repairs which I am willing to pay because the car has a lot of sentimental value to me (even though it's twice the value of the car). It sounds like replacing the frame would be very expensive and I'm guessing the repair estimate was for repairing the frame not replacing it. If it would boost the repair cost much higher, I'm not sure I can do that. Can you give me an idea of what that might cost? Also, I might be able to get another 87 Cabriolet that can be used for body parts (the frame, the parts that hold the bumper with crumple zones I mentioned earlier). How much could that help to keep down cost, if at all?

Expert:  Tim Mohr replied 1 year ago.
YES, FINDING A USED ONE WILL BRING THE PRICE DOWN SUGNIFICANTLY, I WOULD EXPECT THE REPLACEMENT OF THE FRAME PARTS TO BE ANOTHER 3K OR SO, BUT IF YOU FIND A USED ONE YOU COULD SAVE THOUSANDS, BUT THESE ARE GETTING HARDER TO FIND,tIM
Tim Mohr, ASE MASTER TECH
Category: VW
Satisfied Customers: 13280
Experience: 30 YRS EXPERIENCE, FOREIGN AND DOMESTIC, GAS AND DEISEL
Tim Mohr and 8 other VW Specialists are ready to help you
Customer: replied 1 year ago.


Thank you for your help. I may have follow up questions for you after taking another look at my car.

Expert:  Tim Mohr replied 1 year ago.
NO PROBLEM JUST REPLY BACK TO THIS QUESTION,tIM

JustAnswer in the News:

 
 
 
Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.
 
 
 

What Customers are Saying:

 
 
 
  • I would (and have) recommend your site to others I was quite satisfied with the quality of the information received, the professional with whom I interacted, and the quick response time. Thanks, and be sure that I'll be back whenever I need a question answered in a hurry. Stephanie P Elm City, NC
< Last | Next >
  • I would (and have) recommend your site to others I was quite satisfied with the quality of the information received, the professional with whom I interacted, and the quick response time. Thanks, and be sure that I'll be back whenever I need a question answered in a hurry. Stephanie P Elm City, NC
  • used your service this weekend with "Trecers" help. thank you ,thank you, thank you. replaced an A/C fan motor. Local Auto Zone had part. $15.00 "tracer" fee and $40.00 for parts, I saved several hundreds of dollers at a shop. i will recommend you and use you in the future. David L. Richmond, TX
  • 9 dollars, 2 hours of my time, and I drove away. Your diagnosis was right on the mark. Thank you so much. Phil Marysville, CA
  • Lurch. Thank you very much. I had real doubts about this website but your promptness of response, quick followup and to the point answer with picture was incredible. Charles Walnut Creek, CA
  • As a single woman, I really appreciate an excellent and affordable opinion.
    Thank you Geordie, I will not hesitate to contact justanswer in the future!
    Sue Charleston, WV
  • Another great insight to what may be the problem. I will have my mechanic take a look at it tomorrow. Thanks again, Frank...you do indeed know your stuff. Jim Castleberry, FL
  • Wonderful service, prompt, efficient, and accurate. Couldn't have asked for more. I cannot thank you enough for your help. Mary C. Freshfield, Liverpool, UK
 
 
 

Meet The Experts:

 
 
 
  • vwnewton

    VW Owner,ASE Master and L1 Advanced

    Satisfied Customers:

    307
    25 years of VW obsession turned into a job, last 15 years as a VW Tech.
< Last | Next >
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/vwnewton/2008-12-27_221405_JA_avatar.jpg vwnewton's Avatar

    vwnewton

    VW Owner,ASE Master and L1 Advanced

    Satisfied Customers:

    307
    25 years of VW obsession turned into a job, last 15 years as a VW Tech.
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/audidoc/2008-12-23_175252_headshot.jpg VWDoc's Avatar

    VWDoc

    Independent VW Shop owner

    Satisfied Customers:

    1713
    20 years of experience working with VW's. Independent European shop owner and technician.
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/35/350matt/2012-6-7_182356_matsavatr.64x64.jpg Matt's Avatar

    Matt

    Engineer

    Satisfied Customers:

    506
    Mechanical Engineer with 20 years experience in the auto industry, 8 yrs in formula 1 engine testing
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/CA/carbezerk/2011-3-13_103612_SAM0048.64x64.JPG Martin's Avatar

    Martin

    auto electrical

    Satisfied Customers:

    475
    South African Trade Diploma in Auto Electrical
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/terocoga/2009-08-17_050126_015.JPG RobJackson's Avatar

    RobJackson

    VW Mechanic

    Satisfied Customers:

    416
    Started working in VW/Audi dealership in 1999. 2009 Registered and Certified VW Tech. ASE Master
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/TI/tim37857/2011-10-28_23053_S6301814.64x64.JPG Tim's Auto Repair's Avatar

    Tim's Auto Repair

    mechanic

    Satisfied Customers:

    397
    Have owned a repair shop for 25 yrs.
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/RO/rodcuda/2011-7-25_224114_Donhoff1.64x64.JPG Neal's Avatar

    Neal

    VW Mechanic

    Satisfied Customers:

    391
    Shop owner and experienced in most brands.
 
 
 
Chat Now With A VW Mechanic
Tim Mohr
Tim Mohr
SHOP OWNER
356 Satisfied Customers
30 YRS EXPERIENCE, FOREIGN AND DOMESTIC, GAS AND DEISEL