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Someone hit my Prelude, and it was their fault. This is what the damage looks like.



Their insurance is offering to either pay out $4800 to total the car, or $3800 if I keep the car and have it repaired myself.

In addition to the damage, I have discovered other problems over the 7 months that I've owned it. All the ball joints and tie rods have to be changed out, I have to put in half a quart of oil whenever I fill up the gas tank, and it has a surging idle on cold startup. Sometimes if I'm idling for a long time, like at a stoplight, the engine temperature will rise. Also the alarm system doesn't work right so it's been disabled.

I'm thinking of just having it totaled and buying something that is more reliable and maybe easier to work with, thinking about an Integra GSR. Not sure what it's going to be like going from a Prelude SH to a GSR though.

Should I keep the car and take the lower payout, and drive it with a salvage title?

Any opinions on this are welcome.

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Re: Someone hit my Prelude, should I have it fixed or totaled?

pretty easy to fix unless theres suspension damage

just new fender and door and with that money you can fix other things as well
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pretty easy to fix unless theres suspension damage

just new fender and door and with that money you can fix other things as well
There isn't any damage to the suspension from the accident, but before the car got hit it was making a creaking sound when I turned the steering wheel. I had two mechanics look at it already and it turns out that all the ball joints and tie rods have to be replaced. So that also has to be fixed in addition to the fender and door if I'm going to keep this car.
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Re: Someone hit my Prelude, should I have it fixed or totaled?

just get parts from some parted out lude and buy new bushings for suspension parts?
Thats the most cheapest way ...if you dont want perfect paint - paint fender&door by yourself and spend rest of the money for head maintenance with new valve seals (but most likely its your piston rings)

you can ask from some mechanic shop that what they can do with that amount of money (could be cheaper/wise to buy the parts by yourself)
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for $4800 you can probably find a good 5th gen
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Re: Someone hit my Prelude, should I have it fixed or totaled?

buy a JDM front and have the door fixed
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Re: Someone hit my Prelude, should I have it fixed or totaled?

Fix the car.
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Re: Someone hit my Prelude, should I have it fixed or totaled?

If It was me, as much as you may love or not love the car, I would just go ahead and total the car.

Around where I live, $4800 can get you a lot of nice cars, Prelude SH, Integra GS-R, NB or NA Miata, Camaro, All depends on what your driving style is.

As for the GS-R, ive never drove one, however I did own a civic. It was the EX model Auto so it was nothing to special. Only had the Single Overhead Cam 1.6 w/ VTEC. Pretty fun just to rev that thing up and down the streets all day without making people butthurt. I feel like the GSR would be like that, just a bit quicker and if you find one unmolested, people will just think its another 90's Honda...

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Re: Someone hit my Prelude, should I have it fixed or totaled?

Thanks everyone for your opinions. I think I'm going to have it totaled, I already found 2 5th gen Preludes that I'm interested in, as well as a Bar'd H22 swapped Civic hatch. The money from the insurance will allow me to buy any one of these.
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Re: Someone hit my Prelude, should I have it fixed or totaled?

LMAO you're really going to total the car because of that? fender is like 100 dollars. I don't care what you end up doing but what a waste of a car if you total it for that little damage

buy fender
paint fender and door

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So dumb. Send that car my way
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Re: Someone hit my Prelude, should I have it fixed or totaled?

I just found out why that Prelude seems to have more pull than the other 5th gen Preludes I've driven.

That H22 engine has a red valve cover instead of a black one, and I didn't know what that meant until now. It's the JDM 220 horsepower engine instead of the regular H22 that has 200 horsepower.

But it's too late, I've already agreed to have them total the car.

Hopefully they'll fix it up and sell it so someone else can drive that powerful Japanese engine on American roads.
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^ eh you can also PAINT the valvecover....
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^ eh you can also PAINT the valvecover....
When my mechanic was changing the timing belt, he noticed something written on the engine, and he said that it was a newer engine that someone installed, and not the original engine that was in there originally. I also found out later that it had a new oil pan.

The person I bought the Prelude from was selling it because he bought a 350z. So you know, racecar.
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When my mechanic was changing the timing belt, he noticed something written on the engine, and he said that it was a newer engine that someone installed, and not the original engine that was in there originally. I also found out later that it had a new oil pan.

The person I bought the Prelude from was selling it because he bought a 350z. So you know, racecar.
You could also look by the flywheel inspection hole and you would see a stamp on the block that would tell you exactly what the engine was.
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I just found out why that Prelude seems to have more pull than the other 5th gen Preludes I've driven.

That H22 engine has a red valve cover instead of a black one, and I didn't know what that meant until now. It's the JDM 220 horsepower engine instead of the regular H22 that has 200 horsepower.

But it's too late, I've already agreed to have them total the car.

Hopefully they'll fix it up and sell it so someone else can drive that powerful Japanese engine on American roads.


its going straight to the junk yard
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it will have a salvage title and someone will probably end up buying it for cheap
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