so i've went and seen my car today
original paint is gone, except for the door wells and trunk, it has been given a really quick half-assed job of white paint, and the roof has been ripped open probably by the 'law enforcement' to check upon possible hidden storages. steering lock has been demolished, there's a corner missing of the (original fiberglass) hood, the front T-structure has been bent (probably due to loading) and there are scratches everywhere. some small parts are missing (trim) and there are some cracks in the glass. door handles aren't operable anymore, neither are the windows - surely due to the break-in becuase there were no keys. door lock on the LHS has been destroyed with what looks like a friggin screwdriver.
quick damage estimates are into several thousands (due to paint alone), let alone market value loss due to it's loss of, again, it's original paint and missing several parts. this turns the car immediately into a hump of metal which only holds it's 'leftover' value due to the VIN number and engine.
i could cry when i saw it and especially smash the tools that are working at the facility that only see it as a heap of junk taking up their space which they think of better off in the junkyard. I showed them a picture of how it was before it got stolen and they refused to believe it was the same vehicle.
the good thing is the engine is still there, and it's i'ts actual engine. i have no idea if it runs or not, i will have to take my time to see if the pullies and crank move by hand, and if so, i'll need to flush the petrol, oils, and clean the intake and carburettor and cam covers to see if there is no damage or any material in there that doesn't belong there, especially with the risk of 'vandalism' when the guys were notified the police would come in and reposess the vehicle.
so now it's going to be a case of moving it to a garage and having an expert make a total damage report and file an insurance claim.
i'm lost at words.
on one side i'm happy to have my 'baby' back, but it's thoroughly ruined.
i have no idea what was in their minds to tackle the car like this. pictures have been made for insurance purposes, but i won't be showing them yet, if at all.
we're looking at a replacement of
- complete paint respray
- scratch repair
- dent repair
- window glass replacement
- door handle system repair
- window system repair
- roof upholstery replacement
- torn seat cover (driver) replacement [very rare seats]
- steering lock replacement
- door locks replacement
- replacement or preferably repair of a missing chunk of the fiberglass hood
- missing trim pieces
- full engine and transmission oil replacement
- filter replacement
- front t-bar repair (straightening)
- engine tuning
costly. very very costly.
this is really painful.
it's only material, but still, this hurts like hell. it's essentially gone. like a tractor has driven over your highschool sweetheart 's face and body with spikes, and the tractor driver has also raped her and broke her arms and legs, and then the police took a piss on her, leaving her scarred with a post-trauma that has no equal.
well, atleast this isn't a living thing with a soul and conciousness.
i think in retrospect i'd rather have had them steal the car never to be seen again and i would have had a decent insurance claim to be filed. i'd still have a monumental financial loss but i think it would be less than it is now.
i can't unfortunately refuse taking 'back' the vehicle as it has never been changed of actual registred ownership.
i am actually responsible for the vehicle, as it is my posession, i only have a case of pressing charges on the storage facility/ownership for compensation of damages due to their incompetence.
Meanwhile, the car would now actually not be legal to drive on the street due to missing parts and damage, so i'm not even allowed to put it on the public (road).
that means that the moment i'm driving it now in it's current state, even if the engine would still be top-notch, which i assume is unharmed, but i'm not taking any chances - i would be breaking the law and i would be fined for driving a non-road legal vehicle which would then actually also make it uninsured
. it's going to need a new MOT to get a signature removed in the vehicle database system (which police and insurance companies can adress) that it 'awaits inspection'.
i'm gonna get it transported to a - i hope - much more trustworthy storage facility where i'm going to lock it in a container and await how all the legal affairs will be handled and finished and then decide whether i'm actually going to go through the effort of fixing it or taking the (severe) loss and say goodbye to it. In any case, it's clear as day, that i'm going to experience a good financial loss no matter the outcome and there's nothing i can do about it.