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post #1 of 4 Old 01-30-2017, 07:21 AM Thread Starter
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Looking at getting Versa #2

Until very recently I was the owner of a 2009 1.8S navy blue hatchback that I bought new in Feb. 2009. Great car. I had it just shy of 8 years and I never spent one single dime for repairs. (I bought a battery, new tires and new headlight/taillight bulbs all around, but those are maintenance items, I wouldn't count them as repairs).

Sadly, about a week ago the car was totalled. An old man pulled out in front of me on a wet road, I couldn't get stopped in time. Cops ruled that I had the right of way and the old man was 100% at fault, but here I sit with a smashed up car.

I did get a good settlement for it, since my car only had 51K miles and was in super-amazing condition. Been looking at 3-4 year old Corollas, Civics and such. Then I come across a listing for a 2012 1.8 SL hatchback online with every option on the books, that I know of - the big 16-inch alloys, SL bodykit/spoiler, sunroof, touchscreen/nav radio, bluetooth, power everything. It does not have the CVT, just the regular 4-speed, and that's fine with me, I don't like CVT's anyway.

Still have to check out the car and do the test drive, but if that all works out, it's kind of a gift. I'll basically be upgrading my old car to one that's 3 years newer and has all the options (my old one had power locks/windows/cruise but nothing else). And I'll get to pocket a few hundred because the price of this new car is actually less than my settlement amount.

Having said all that, anything I need to watch out for with the 2012 model? Was the fuel pump regulator issue solved by then? Anything else? I'm super stoked at the way this is all turning out (hopefully) but I don't want to jump the gun and miss something obvious.
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Sorry to hear that happened to you, but glad you are ok.

I guess you took a beating on value? Was it really totaled out or just the price of repairs vs kbb wasnt worth it? Sometimes if you want to save the car you can haggle with the repairs and even value by finding cars in your area similar to yours online like ebay and such. If the car is easily repairable you can buy it from the insurance co and do that if its minor damage just not financially doable for the insurance co paying labor and oem parts vs you buying parts on ebay or the bone yard and doing it yourself.

I cant tell you about the models, new owner myself.
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Sorry to hear that happened to you, but glad you are ok.

I guess you took a beating on value? Was it really totaled out or just the price of repairs vs kbb wasnt worth it? Sometimes if you want to save the car you can haggle with the repairs and even value by finding cars in your area similar to yours online like ebay and such. If the car is easily repairable you can buy it from the insurance co and do that if its minor damage just not financially doable for the insurance co paying labor and oem parts vs you buying parts on ebay or the bone yard and doing it yourself.

I cant tell you about the models, new owner myself.
The insurance adjuster was probably not inclined to mess around with it too much, considering the other guy's insurance company is paying for it all. Having said that, it would have needed at least two new fenders, a new hood, bumper, grille, radiator, brake rotors, headlights, and the paintwork would have been around $4000. And that's before even looking at the engine, which I'm pretty sure got knocked off kilter. The car was worth $5000, maybe $5500, with $4000+ damage, doesn't seem worth it to me either.

Having said that, they gave me $7000 for the car, probably because I made vague comments about getting a lawyer and seeking replacement value from the other guy's insurance. So I'm not complaining. I paid $14K for it new, drove it for 8 years, and ended up getting $7K back. That's not too shabby.
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The insurance adjuster was probably not inclined to mess around with it too much, considering the other guy's insurance company is paying for it all. Having said that, it would have needed at least two new fenders, a new hood, bumper, grille, radiator, brake rotors, headlights, and the paintwork would have been around $4000. And that's before even looking at the engine, which I'm pretty sure got knocked off kilter. The car was worth $5000, maybe $5500, with $4000+ damage, doesn't seem worth it to me either.

Having said that, they gave me $7000 for the car, probably because I made vague comments about getting a lawyer and seeking replacement value from the other guy's insurance. So I'm not complaining. I paid $14K for it new, drove it for 8 years, and ended up getting $7K back. That's not too shabby.
Sounds like you made out alright - glad you won't hurt. I'm thinking about getting my first Versa so it's great to see that you liked yours so much that you're going for a 2nd one.
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