Handy with a Tool Kit? How about Buying a Crashed Rolls Royce?


There’s car restoration, and then there’s this: buying a nearly-new Rolls Royce that has suffered some serious damage at a knock-down price. Before you get out your cash, there are a few things you should know!

First, there are two cars on offer at online car auction site Copart, both from the legendary UK luxury car maker, and both in a sorry condition! The first is a 2016 Rolls Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe – a beautiful and very stylish car indeed – which has suffered some very nasty damage to the front of the vehicle.

It looks horrible, but consider this: the car has just 177 miles on the clock, so someone must have been careless, and it’s a $650,000 car in running condition. The minimum bid is $310,000 – and surely the work would not cost the entire balance?

Sad-Looking Rolls Royce Dawn

Is that one a little too costly for you? There’s a second Rolls Royce that has been in some trouble, this one a 2017 Rolls Royce Dawn. With very heavy front-end damage – it would appear hitting things with a Rolls Royce is quite commonplace – this one is listed with a minimum bid of just $61,500.

A $320,000 car when on the road and running, it is reckoned the Dawn – another gloriously rare and exotic convertible – could be repaired for around $100,000, making this a bargain buy for anyone with strong nerves.

There are a couple of problems you should know, however, when buying cars damaged in this way – whether they are a Rolls Royce, another luxury brand, or any car in this condition. The first is that it will most likely be given a salvage title. If you come to sell the repaired and shiny as-new car, this will have a major impact on its value. Furthermore, insurance for cars with such a title may be very difficult to come by, especially for vehicles of this value.

Still, for someone out there, these two once-magnificent cars may be just what they are looking for. The rest of us can continue to dream.

Images Copyright of: The Drive.

Andy Rasool

Founder - Although he has been a Certified Ferrari Tifosi since the age of 10, his fate was sealed when at the age of 14 he persuaded a Ferrari dealer in London that he wanted to buy a new Ferrari. A phone call to his dad the following day soon put an end to that! His therapist suggested that to overcome the addiction a healthy dose of Ferrari Blogging and Spotting will help, and with that SupercarTribe.com was born!

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