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    Caddy just got totaled

    Hey there, guys. This is my first post, just looking for some tips.
    My 87 Coupe DeVille was just totaled last week but it's a family car and I want to keep it. It was absolutely pristine before the crash, have plenty of pics to prove it.
    From what I understand, the frame rail needs to be replaced or fixed and the engine needs to be taken out to do so. I've been quoted anywhere from $6k to $12k. Engine still runs, so all the damage is cosmetic. I can post plenty of pics of the crash if needed.
    Any idea how easy/hard it is to replace/fix a frame rail? Also, I'm having a hard time finding anyone in the Seattle area to even try fixing it. Any suggestions, advice would be much appreciated. Thanks!

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    Re: Caddy just got totaled

    Post up some pictures.
    It will help us understand what exactly has been effected.

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    You can kind of see the frame rail in the last pic, it doesn't look that bad to me, but I'm no expert.

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    The lady I hit was cited and her insurance is taking full responsibility. Allstate offered me $3900 to keep it but I disputed the offer. The car was flawless before the crash so I think it's worth more than that.

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    Re: Caddy just got totaled

    Unfortunately the car is 18 model years old now. Insurance companies will base their payouts on current sales figures from different sources that are usually nowhere close to what you feel is the "worth" of the car.

    Based on the sheetmetal damage and the distortion of the entire front clip I'd say the "total" designation is accurate. The cost to restore the car exceeds the true value. The frame replacement further complicates the problem, and just because the engine runs doesn't mean there isn't hidden engine/transmission/suspension damage also.

    All around bummer.
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    Re: Caddy just got totaled

    That "frame rail" you're talking about looks like the engine cradle.
    Something like this.



    From what I understand, the frame rail needs to be replaced or fixed and the engine needs to be taken out to do so. I've been quoted anywhere from $6k to $12k.
    Way more than any '87 is worth.

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    http://www.potiori.com/GM_C_platform_(FWD).html
    Also called C-Body
    Production 1985–1996

    Well the first stop would be a frame shop.
    They will be able to assess the foundation.

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    6 to 12 k is accurate. When my 91 cutlass fwd wagon got totalled, I got a similar estimate (6k to 9k). It needed new front end sheetmetal, New cradle, radiator support and the welded in side braces. 3900 with you keeping the car is more than fair (I'm guessing that is not including medical). Find another cheap one, and swap the good parts off yours onto it....or wait and spend 3500 or so...should be able to get a really nice one for that.
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    Damn, I knew it didn't look good. I'm slowly coming to the realization that she can't be saved. I've also been thinking of getting a newer generation DeVille coupe with the 4.9. I know it's a huge upgrade over the 4100 both in performance and reliability.
    So I guess my new question is, can my leather seats be moved into a newer DeVille? My interior is in immaculate condition, and I'd hate to see it go with the rest of the car. There's not many cars, even today that have the kind of interior my car has.

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    I'd post more pics but I keep getting an error saying I'm past my quota. Anyway, it's 2 tone leather, no cracks, scratches and not faded from the sun since I got the windows tinted and it's been garaged it's whole life. Any thoughts?

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    Re: Caddy just got totaled

    We have a picture storage limit of 20 mb per member. Use either an onboard picture editor to reduce the file size to less than 800 X 800 pixels or use a picture album online storage site and upload the links in your posts.

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