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Monumenticus

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About Monumenticus

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    Waco, TX
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    1999 Miata & 1999 Integra
  1. The title will be branded "Rebuilt Salvage - Flood Damage" Sorry about the formatting: Auction Bid Price $2000 Buyer Fee $470 Internet Bid Fee $69 Gate $59 Sales Tax $214.34 TOTAL Purchase from Copart $2812.34 Carrier $360 Dispatcher $75 TOTAL Transport to Waco $435 Key $97.41 Idler Pulley Bearing $8.65 Belt tensioner bearing $8.65 Battery $106.49 Rear Brake Pads $18.99 Used Tire $59.54 A/C Clutch Bearing $22.73 Clutch kit $129.99 Honda MTF $11.62 TOTAL Refurbish $464.07 U-Haul rental $107.48 Texas Safety Inspection $7.50 Title & Registration $168.50 TOTAL TTL&R $283.48 TOTAL TOTAL $3994.89
  2. It's good to see the old girl again, proud she's still kicking. Brings back memories: putting in the seats https://imgur.com/a/1yIRG deleting the sunroof https://imgur.com/a/Bo7WA installing the steering wheel QR https://imgur.com/a/tVJj9 Good times
  3. Tagged and Registered! I posted a bunch more pictures at https://imgur.com/a/JRRpC I've spent a total of $3994 so far including TT&R The car is probably worth about $6500-$7000.
  4. All the cars all have titles, one of the three types; certificate of title, salvage title, or non-rebuildable title. Everything I've learned comes from reading this: SALVAGE/NONREPAIRABLE MOTOR VEHICLE MANUAL Section 6.3 outlines the process for going from a salvage title to a certificate of title (that will be permanently branded "rebuilt salvage"). Once you have a certificate of title you can register the car, get plates and drive it on the public roads. My Integra had "rebuilt salvage" on the title. There is no way to go from a non-rebuildable title to a certificate of title, so those cars are for parts, or for a lucky few they get to be race cars.
  5. Did it have a Certificate of Title? As "consumer members" we can only bid on Salvage and Non-repairable titled vehicles. I saw one go for $40 yesterday. At that price, if the gas gauge got to empty, the car would be totaled.
  6. I would expect that one to go up quite a bit. Also, as a "consumer member" you will have to pay an additional 15% fee to Copart, just another expense to factor in to the equation. My thoughts are that having a special car can be a very emotionally satisfying thing, but I have to put up a firewall to keep that emotion out of the business of buying a car. I've come to this: 1. Honestly assess the value of the car, to myself if I want to keep it, or to the used car market if I want to try to flip it. 2. Factor in risk and estimate how much time and money it will cost to repair it and make it legal, or how much can be recovered by parting it out. 3. Figure out my Do-Not-Exceed bid price for that car. 4. Sleep on it, and if I agree with my decision in the morning, stick with it. 5. Don't get swept up in the excitement of the auction, when the bidding goes over my Do-Not-Exceed limit, it's gone. I'd like to here if anyone has some additions. Also, since I don't need another car, this is just something for fun, I'm not going to get myself in a position where I can't just walk away from it. For me that's around $1000, so no Porsches for me.
  7. I'm going to check out these 4 lots, assuming they let me (3 are listed as "future"). To inspect the cars you have to first register on the Copart website. You will have to provide them with you user number at the gate. As for the ones marked future, those are still in process where the insurors don't have the titles from the state yet. Those cars and anything inside them technically still belong to their owners so they can't be inspected other than looking at them from the outside. The black Miata is confusing, it says no keys, but it looks like there are keys in it. The 911s bothered me because the computer is under the driver seat so its guaranteed to have gotten wet but the Boxster ECU is mounted up high on the firewall so it should be ok.
  8. I'll ask Louis for contact information next time I'm there.
  9. There is a wide spread on the prices. I've been watching a bunch of auctions and comparing winning bids to the estimated retail values. Most go between 10 and 50% of the estimated retail value, depending mainly on condition. Porsches seem to go on the high end. Not as high as the Toyota SUVs, which get a lot of bids from the middle east. American sedans on the low end, yesterday i saw a Pontiac GrandPrix go for $40. I grabbed this screenshot of a Scuderia going for $111,000: They have a search tool. And then there are options you can use to filter down. Engine size, Transmission type, ...
  10. A picture from standing in the bed of a lifted pick-up truck. The cars are all packed in, so if they need to get one out of the middle they have to fork-lift all the cars in front of it, then get it out, then move all the others back. So most all the cars there have been picked up multiple times. A Ford Focus RS standing out in bright blue. A Lexus RC-F. Nice looking as long as you can't see the grille.
  11. Not yet, this would be a first time for me. So I've been looking to get something really undervalued and cheap enough that if I have to I can just walk away from it. I had the high bid on an M-B SL, but it was below the sellers reserve, and we didn't meet in the middle. My escort was a BMW guy, we chatted about those for a while, and he favored me with an out-of-the-way drive by the exotics area. And you can see the landslide at north end of the front straight.
  12. Here's one of the cars I looked at, a sweet little '06 SL500. During your inspection you are allowed to start the car but not move it, however, most all of the cars there have dead batteries. Some (like this one) got their windows rolled down and they have dried out and now have a good bit of dust inside. You can't use any tools, including a battery jumper, so inspection is pretty much just looking at the body, the interior, and popping the hood. Everyone wears safety vests so they don't get forklifted. Orange vests for the escorts, yellow vests for us customers. Some of the cars had the carpet pulled out. Quite a few have the consoles popped up to get the transmission out of park apparently. I was told it's a recovery tow truck thing to wrap the driver seat belt around the wheel to keep it straight and the brake pedal to keep it up. Somebody's 335 next to the SL I was looking at. Maybe they can take the insurance check and make a down-payment on the M3 they wish they had gotten.
  13. Almost everyone who works there has a copy of this aerial photo with the grid drawn on it, that's how they know where the cars are (the last 4-digits in the Copart lot location number) Each insurer storing cars there has their own territory. Here's a Panamera that got misplaced and put on State Farm's turf. Nice Wheels. Looking down the hill over the apex of turn 9. I chatted with Louis for a while. He's still there making burgers for the guys working there. And he has a few t-shirts he's still trying to unload.
  14. I went back TWS to inspect a few of the cars being auctioned. I wanted to share my story and some photos. When you get there, you have to tell them your Copart user number and list up to five lot numbers for the cars you want to inspect. Then you wait for an escort who takes you out in a golf cart. This picture is coming out of turn 3, looking up the hill towards turn 4. After each rain, the constant heavy equipment traffic has churned most of the turf to mud. Mud that gets tracked onto the pavement, then it dries out and makes dust. Everything is covered in heavy dust. And here's a zoom-in on one of the forklifts moving a car. Not pretty. A Dodge Challenger next to a car I was looking at. They briefed us that if the windows are all rolled up and especially if it's marked "bio", like this one, to approach the car from the up-wind side and step back as you open the door to let it air out for a minute.
  15. "Backup Camera Inneed When Parking Your Trailer to Get Decent Image Quality to Make Your Reversing More Confident and Safty"
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