What to do with a drowned Range Rover?

What to do with a drowned Range Rover?

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10JH

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2,070 posts

140 months

Thursday 4th March 2010
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I need some PH advice. Our Range Rover has been written off, it drowned.

My brother took it on the beach at night and got it stuck in sand and then the tide quickly started coming in. To cut a long story short, it spent the night underwater!

The Land Rover garage has told us it is a write off, it won't ever work again. We aren't claiming through insurance (for various reasons). What should we do with the car? At the moment it is stuck at the dealers (after the recovery truck dropped it off there).

What are the options now? Crush it, sell it for scrap/parts? Any advice appreciated.

Here are some photos of it getting pulled out, the morning after..










beebs90

169 posts

129 months

Thursday 4th March 2010
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All's i can say is that is bloody unlucky, feel sorry for you.

58warren

584 posts

125 months

Thursday 4th March 2010
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Ouch!

Bet your brother is flavour of the month...

Gun

13,406 posts

164 months

Thursday 4th March 2010
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Your best bet would be to strip it for parts, there are bound to be some bits that are still usable. What engine has it got?

KenBlocksPants

3,738 posts

130 months

Thursday 4th March 2010
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Blimey bet your brother was popular in your house!

The most money would be achieved selling for parts, but that would involve a fair bit of work stripping and cleaning them.

Would be much easier to sell as a write off, see if someone would take it on to strip it themselves, but you will not get much for it.

If you have the space, and the time. I would strip it, clean it up and try to resell on ebay. You also might have a wreck on your drive for quite some time!


mat205125

15,672 posts

159 months

Thursday 4th March 2010
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I won't even ask what the "various reasons" for not claiming off of the insurance are, and its probably best that you don't post too much about those on here either.

That car in its current form is an utter total loss, and even if you could get it to mechanically fire up again, the electrics will be beyond help and never work again properly after a night immersed in sea water.

The remaining value in this car is to break it up for spares. Anything mechanically "metal", without electronics, should have been resiliant enough to survive the "incident" .... Depending on its current book price, you may actually find that the value of the parts approachs the value of the car.

Either sell at a salvage auction, place a private ad as salvage (non-recorded), or break the car up yourself for the cash.

Rawwr

22,351 posts

180 months

Thursday 4th March 2010
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If the insco is paying for it, isn't it their property now?

GreatGranny

7,164 posts

172 months

Thursday 4th March 2010
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Oops!

My mates car got caught in the floods in Sheffield, it was only upto the sills but was written off.

He had dried it out and driven it to the garage.

The garage mentioned possible long term damage to the electrics etc.. the insurance companies just won't take the risk.

(Love to know why you can't clainm on the insurance, go on go on go on go on go on.......)

jeff666

1,722 posts

137 months

Thursday 4th March 2010
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Why are you not claiming on insurance? will they not pay out because it was self inflicted damage?

Bad luck anyway, i bet you called your brother a few names,,,

10JH

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2,070 posts

140 months

Thursday 4th March 2010
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Gun said:
Your best bet would be to strip it for parts, there are bound to be some bits that are still usable. What engine has it got?
3.0 TD6. We don't want the effort of selling each part individually. Reckon there will be anyone who will take it as a whole?

Cheers for the support, we're starting to see the funny side now, a lot of piss taking going on!

*Al*

3,830 posts

168 months

Thursday 4th March 2010
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Does it start? They always do on Top Gear!

Seriously, i feel bad for you. frown

loftylad

233 posts

175 months

Thursday 4th March 2010
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I would definately get a second (and third!) opinion as to the chances of getting it back to a workable (or saleable) car again.

Targarama

14,272 posts

229 months

Thursday 4th March 2010
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Rawwr said:
If the insco is paying for it, isn't it their property now?
Can you not read?

Dave^

5,632 posts

199 months

Thursday 4th March 2010
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Rawwr said:
If the insco is paying for it, isn't it their property now?
10JH said:
We aren't claiming through insurance (for various reasons).

GSP

1,949 posts

150 months

Thursday 4th March 2010
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Holy crap, that's a bit of a fail.

On another note I saw a mini on the M6 with 10JH number plate so so long back, is that yours?

Herbs

4,781 posts

175 months

Thursday 4th March 2010
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that's got to hurt not claiming through insurance.

I've always tried to settle any claim outside of insurance but thats a seriously expensive mistake. I'm guessing he wasnt insured to be driving or similar but is there no way the Policy holder could claim and be compensated as i'm sure it would work out financially better?

feel for them.

Roo

11,301 posts

153 months

Thursday 4th March 2010
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Whoops.

To strip it bit by bit will be hard work. Have you tried any salvage yards to see if they'll buy it as is? I mean, apart from being filthy rotten dirty it's got clean title.

jeff666

1,722 posts

137 months

Thursday 4th March 2010
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*Al* said:
Does it start? They always do on Top Gear!

Seriously, i feel bad for you. frown
Nah thats a toyota,,,,

Gun

13,406 posts

164 months

Thursday 4th March 2010
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10JH said:
Gun said:
Your best bet would be to strip it for parts, there are bound to be some bits that are still usable. What engine has it got?
3.0 TD6. We don't want the effort of selling each part individually. Reckon there will be anyone who will take it as a whole?

Cheers for the support, we're starting to see the funny side now, a lot of piss taking going on!
There will be breaking and salvage companies that'll take it but, as said, they won't offer you much for it.

10JH

Original Poster:

2,070 posts

140 months

Thursday 4th March 2010
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Insurance is simply because he is only 17, and a named driver on the policy. It would mess up my Dads no claim bonus for the rest of his cars too. Plus make future insurance for my brother very very pricey.

Plus he was on the beach, if that is ever covered!

Plus the excess is £1000 and it's market value is only about £10-12k. An very very expensive mistake.