Because I need more projects in my life, I am getting more involved in one of my passions, and that is working on cars. It’s no big secret that I’ve always had a fondness for some older vehicles, and have plans to restore them, however, I also have had a strong interest for some time in locating some ‘Run & Drive’ vehicles from auctions that may need some minor cosmetic work completed before being returned to the road. I’m not going to deal with straightening frames, significant body repairs or paint, but focus on projects that can be completed without thousands in parts or time.
I’ve always felt that one should have pride, and take pride in their vehicle, and if taken care of, they will take care of you. My end goal is to put these sound vehicles back on the road at a lower-than-dealer cost.
My first project below is a 2007 BMW X3. I purchased it as a run-and-drive with a salvage title from Copart. I’d been turned onto Copart after following Auto Auction Rebuilds on youtube for quite some time, and the resurrection of a Cadilac SUV. After doing a bit of research and digging on my own, scouted the listings and make a few trips in person to inspect the vehicles myself, I bid on a few auctions and while my pipe dream of a 2014 X3 didn’t pan out in my price range, this ’07 model came at a great price in my mind.
It was listed as a run and drive, however, the battery was dead so I was unable to get it started at the lot and perform any more than a visual inspection of things. There was, of course, some obvious damage the passenger rear quarter panel, and the interior looked to have the remnants from the accident shoved in the car. Having access to the VIN, I pulled the carfax on the vehicle and discovered that for the majority, all of the service/maintenance had been performed, even as recently as January of this year (just before the listed accident). Also, there were new Michelin tires put on at the same time, and after getting the vehicle home and going thru the glovebox I found a recent invoice for coils being replaced. Mind you, the tires were nearly 1/2 the cost I paid for the vehicle, so there was a big win right off the back.