Sad news today, I have been informed by the insurance appraiser that my Arctic Silver 2007 Lotus Exige S (modified) is being declared a total loss.
Here is the most recent post for this car - obviously it will be sold for something less than that asking price now...
Shortly after I put the car up for sale, my partner was driving it home from Seattle. It happened to be raining freakishly heavily that evening, and as fate would have it he hit a patch of standing water on I-90 at about 35mph. This put the car into a series of (according to him) stately 360s culminating in an abrupt deceleration due to impact with a concrete wall (fortunately no other cars were involved!) Visible and obvious damage was done to the front driver side corner. Less visible but expected damage occurred to the oil cooler residing in that corner. The car was pulled off to the side of the road, stopped, and then trailered to the repair shop (Park Place Ltd in Bellevue, WA). All this was back in October of 2016 (and yes, I only just found out about this today - it's been a *very* long process.)
Now you are thinking "that's odd, front clam and oil cooler replacements aren't all that expensive, how could it be totaled?" And I'd be right there with you - in fact this car has had a front clam replaced before (for a much less serious incident). But it turns out the visible damage was not all the damage there was. According to the shop, the front subframe was damaged as well, and this would require *replacement* which is horridly expensive (apparently it's part composite). Additionally, the wreck appears to have caused some engine damage. One of the cam gears *twisted* off - I saw the torque damage myself - making the engine non-functional and requiring some top-end work to fix (shop estimated $5k for that, mostly labor no doubt.) So, front clam, cooling system work, front sub frame replacement and engine top-end work... yeah, I could see that adding up.
Why am I telling you this?
Well I've never dealt with a totaled car before, and certainly not one which is as rare as these are. What do you guys recommend I do - if anything? There are a number of parts on the car which you folks might want dibs on (the wheels certainly, heck maybe even parts of the SC system, I don't know what the insurance company will let me do once they decide to total it.) Or maybe there is something you know about frame damage I don't which might alter this outcome?
So looking for feedback, options, recommendations. Barring that, if this VIN number shows up anywhere, you will now have a record of how it got to where it is and what to look out for. If you are looking for more numbers, I expect I'll have them in the next few days or so.