Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Lake Wallenpaupack, Pocono Mountains, PA
Oh man, I'm so sorry. I was in your shoes about a year and a half ago, except there it was MUCH worse......as in everyone was surprised that I was alive. You must be extremely heart-broken. Trust us, we feel your pain.
Wrt the vehicle being bent. Hell, I'm no expert but I just can imagine from what I see that it would be. Does the front window frame seem bent? Perhaps that's why the hardtop popped off?
I think that it's rebuildable, but here's what you're up against........cost to repair. For any members that have had clams replaced/repaired please chime in, but I seem to remember repair costs as high as 20K and if there's suspension damage (which is likely since you hit a curb) then look out because that can get very expensive. I'm not sure what your Elise is worth, but I think they might just total it because of the high repair costs. Sorry amigo.
The ONLY good news that I have for you is that IF it's totaled, you're approaching the end of the driving season (depending on where you live) and you should be able to pick up another one at a good price over the winter. Don't be afraid to shop nationally. If you're willing to pay $700-1,500 for shipping an Elise, you could save thousands on a good deal. I might be able to help you with a super cheap airline ticket to go see one, too.
I'm not sure if you're willing to go new (at this point that's the furthest thing from your mind I know), but there's a really nice CO 2011 SC in the PNW that's been sitting at the dealership for months. It's approaching the end of their selling season also so someone out there can potentially get a smoking deal on that one.
Let's hope that it's rebuildable and you've got a good as new car for next spring's driving season. Keep us posted and let us know how we can help out. Don't be afraid to PM me.
2009 CO Elise SC (R.I.P)
2012 Solar Yellow Evora S
6 spd., 2+2, PB Racing Monza Wheels, Plack Exhaust & one bad ass air freshener