Fat Guy In A Tiny Car
After a long winter and rainy Spring in the Midwest, the weather finally cleared up and it was time to dust off the old Elise and take her for a spin. I opened the door and was greeted by a putrid smell. I immediately suspected that something had nested in the car and it didn't take long before my suspicions were confirmed. I grabbed my trusty allen key and removed the front panels, removed the hose that connected to the AC plenums and stuck my hand inside to find a handful of nesting material and mouse turds. Tried as I did, there was no remedying the situation. At last, I turned to insurance and I'm pleased to report that all of the damage was covered. Suffice it to say that it took Cleveland Motor Sports more than 15 hours to remove the dashboard and front clam. We're looking at new airbags, a new sound system, and various other components, such as insulation and whatnot, not to mention all of the salvageable parts being completely detailed and disinfected. I'm guesstimating at least $12k to $20k in parts and labor. Here's a photo of the nest they found behind the passenger's side airbag. The adjuster advised me that he looked into writing the car off as a total loss, given that it was a 2006 and there was bound to be significant depreciation; however, much to his amazement (and to mine) the car I bought for $38k was appraised at $44k.
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