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R.I.P highland Caddy

Posted: Tue Aug 13, 2019 6:27 pm
by Adz1990
Evening guys and girls. We've had a death in the Caddy world. I hit what felt like the biggest deer on planet earth :cry: I spoke to the garage that my insurance sent it too and the estimate for repair is around 6-7k so his guess was that they'll scrap my poor caddy.

Tomorrow I'm going to the garage to take my parts off it and replace them with the originals. I'm wondering if it would be worth my while to buy it back off my insurance of they decide to scrap it? Baring in mind it would cost for the transport out of the garage, the time to take the engine out, find a buyer for the engine and what ever else I can sell then scrapping the body after? Just because how far north I live I can't see many people would travel this far for it.

I believe the engine is still in good working order as it started again after and took me up the road to a safer place off the road.

Anyone any advice for me will be much appreciated.

Re: R.I.P highland Caddy

Posted: Tue Aug 13, 2019 7:44 pm
by the swan fiend
I’m gutted for you mate. That is indeed a hell of a lot of damage for a deer strike.
I guess it depends on how much of the work you can do yourself to remove the engine or repair the van that will determine your next steps.
Is the engine still on its mounts or has it moved? Maybe have a look on eBay and check out prices for parts you know you need. Hope you get something sorted mate

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Re: R.I.P highland Caddy

Posted: Tue Aug 13, 2019 8:10 pm
We have a lot of Deer around Ticknall (Derbyshire) I had one run into the Rd and back Into the hedgerows, my arse twitched as I swerved to miss it.

Badgers - Deers - they make a mess if you hit one.

Re: R.I.P highland Caddy

Posted: Tue Aug 13, 2019 9:41 pm
by Giddy
Sorry to see that mate. Hope you're ok and insurance gonna cover everything.

Re: R.I.P highland Caddy

Posted: Tue Aug 13, 2019 10:08 pm
by Skully
Oh no!
So sad to see this.

As long as you are OK, mate.

Re: R.I.P highland Caddy

Posted: Tue Aug 13, 2019 10:22 pm
by tommyzooom
Sad news

Re: R.I.P highland Caddy

Posted: Wed Aug 14, 2019 6:47 am
by Adz1990
Thanks everyone. Yeah I'm fine, hell of a fright but no damage to myself. If i thought about it at the time I should have put the beast in the back of the van, could have fed the whole Caddy community :lol:

Hopefully I'll hear from my insurance this week then get moving forward with a replacement.

Re: R.I.P highland Caddy

Posted: Wed Aug 14, 2019 7:40 am
by John M
I know how you feel I once hit a ram and tore my Nissan Cherry a new un'.

Re: R.I.P highland Caddy

Posted: Wed Aug 14, 2019 10:01 am
by peely
Wow , that’s a fair bit of damage mate , glad your ok, if you have the space and the no how I think it would be worth stripping , only if you get a decent quote for buying it back of course. Are you buying another caddy ?? All the best mate 👍

Re: R.I.P highland Caddy

Posted: Wed Aug 14, 2019 12:07 pm
by SnoWhite
Wow - Glad you walked away unscathed, even if the Caddy is in a sorry state.

As for buy back and self repair - I would personally abandon that idea.

From the picture it is obvious that amount of damage will require some major time, a mass of expensive new parts and way too much effort to get it back to running order, and you still have the worry at the back of your mind that the impact has already exposed the chassis to a fair amount of stress - potentially weakening it in the event of any subsequent collision.

Before deciding - it might be worth checking what similar spec used vehicles are currently going for on AutoTrader. However if you do buy it back to repair it - the previous insurance write off will still be flagged against the vehicle and probably reduce its value to any future buyer.

If you are only thinking about it as a breakers project then the economics change, as you need to weigh up the value of your time and hassle disposing of any residual debris against any value recovered.

It is your call - but whatever you decide to do it is comforting to see the Caddy was so well made - that you were able to walk away from what was obviously a nasty impact. Perhaps you may be tempted to simply pick up another and stay with us!

Take care.