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post #1 of 41 (permalink) Old 03-30-2016, 06:54 AM Thread Starter
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Wirewheel experiences

I'm curious any negatives or positives/things to consider when looking at cars from wirewheel vs other cars out there? The salvage brand scares me a bit but I am looking for a car I hold onto a long time and enjoy so not as stressed about resale/insurance. Let me know if this isn't an ok thing to ask or should have posted elsewhere.
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I think a lot have bought cars from Wirewheel here and I haven't seen any kind of negative posts in regards to it. They seem to really take pride in their work.

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Hayes at WW is a true Lotus enthusiast; just about every post here on LT about them has been a positive one, you won't go wrong dealing with them.


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For what it's worth, a well done rebuilt still grows in value, albeit at a discount to a comparable clean title. A few years ago rebuilts were in the high teens and just barely cracking the twenties. I know you aren't worried about resale, but it is always nice to logically justify a superfluous purchase

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I have purchased both a 1970 TVR, and a 2005 Elise (clear title). Was very happy with the purchase experience.

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2005 Starlite black Elise SOLD
1970 TVR Vixen S2
Enjoyed and sold many other British sports cars.
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They have a good reputation
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My car, which is my 2nd Elise, came from wirewheel. Car looked great after the repairs! I didn't buy directly from him, but wouldn't hesitate to at all.
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They do have a very good reputation. Those guys have been around for a while.
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post #9 of 41 (permalink) Old 03-30-2016, 08:44 AM
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I've been lurking or participating here on LT for awhile now and have not seen a single bad thing said about them other then they are in Florida and some of the west coast people wish they were closer for shipping. If anything, I see people selling their rebuilt title cars make a point they are ex-wirewheel cars because Wirewheels have such a great reputation.

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I've known Hayes for at least 45 years, bought two Europas from him. I've not bought a rebuilt Elise from him, but I can tell you any car of his you look at will be as he represents it to be.

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1969 Europa S2 Blue
1970 Europa S2 White
1974 Europa Twin Cam Blue
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Yeah, the consensus here and elsewhere seems to be that they are fair, credible and do excellent work.
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My Wire Wheel salvaged Exige.

No complaints whatsoever. Well, maybe one. Hayes wouldn't budge on the price.

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post #13 of 41 (permalink) Old 03-30-2016, 02:18 PM
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To add to the chorus - I've been on LT for almost three years and never heard anything but praise for WW.
If I wasn't in Cali, where there are lots of Eliges for sale, I would have bought from them.
Why take the risk of purchasing a rebuilt title from an unknown seller?
Even WW"s clean title cars are reasonably priced.

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post #14 of 41 (permalink) Old 03-31-2016, 08:29 AM
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My Wire Wheel salvaged Exige.

No complaints whatsoever. Well, maybe one. Hayes wouldn't budge on the price.

Damn, that is a beautiful car!!!
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Purchased my 06 Elise from Hayes last year. I've known him for 25 years but this was my first purchase. Extremely happy. Interesting tidbit. He has sold over 50 Elise / Exige cars over the years. Just because of the sheer numbers, he and his team have more experience than the local dealer. I trust him fully.

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They know what their doing. Just purchased my car from them earlier this month and have yet to have any problems... I believe Hayes mentioned selling over 100 Elises over the past few years and I have yet to read any negative reviews, so if that doesn't qualify your repetition, I don't know what does.

They had 8 at their location when I was there, which was quite a sight to see. Probably more than some entire states haha
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Hayes and his family are great people! The support motorsports in it' true tradition. You should not have any concerns purchasing any car from them! I wish I had the cash to buy that forced fed 380 as that is super unique!

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I agree with all of the above. I bought my elise from him in October 2015. I actually found a car at a local dealer 300 miles return policy and all that jazz. I still bought from Hayes (again, even though he would not budge on price) simply because I trusted him and would stand behind the car. In fact when I stop in from time to time he still looks the car over to see how I have been treating it. My wife can attest to the fact that I look at his site almost daily for my next toy.

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I sold Hayes my TVR and later bought a salvage title '05 Elise and everything was exactly as described. Great car, great company, great person.

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post #20 of 41 (permalink) Old 02-06-2017, 06:51 PM
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Hello all I'm hoping to be in the market for an 2005 or 2006 Elise in the next month or so and I really appreciate the feedback provided here because i have been seriously considering wirewheel Elise. After reading several LT threads about wirewheel, it seems like the prices are not very negotiable. Is it worth considering purchasing a car site unseen? Does anyone have experience purchasing from them with first seeing it in person?

The reason I ask is I'm in Michigan and driving it back isnt a great idea in February. I'd like fly down for a day, check it out then ship it home. It could save me around $1k if I skipped the trip down to Florida.

Interested in your thoughts!
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