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Old 12-07-2005, 15:01   #1 (permalink)
James Goforth
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Return of the abandoned Volvo

I posted here last summer about this abandoned Volvo 760 wagon which
was just sitting in a motel parking lot, unlocked, for about a year and
a half, pretty good condition, no rust or dents, can't remember how many
miles but it wasn't bad.
I tried to get the motel mgr to just let me take it since obviously
the owner wasn't going to come and get it. But he didn't want to do
that since it wasn't really in the way where it was sitting.
I tried contacting the owner by registered letter offering to buy it
but they never contacted me.
Drove by the place the other day and it was no longer there, called
them up and they said the motel has a new mgr and he had it towed.
Contacted the towing place and they said I could have it for $300.00,
but it would be up to me to deal with the title transfer and all that,
as it will still be titled to the original owner.
There's no key.
Do you think that car would be worth the $300.00?
Of course there will likely be things wrong with it just from sitting,
although one thing to condsider is that it obviously ran ok when it was
driven to the place where it was abandoned.
It's a pretty cool car, 4 cyl turbo intercooled, black leather, clean.
I have a pretty good background in auto mechanics but am totally
ignorant about Volvos, but I just really like those wagons, and hence
would rather enjoy tinkering with it.
What would your advice be? And what would it be worth if it were up &
running?

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Old 12-07-2005, 15:01   #2 (permalink)
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James Goforth wrote:

> Do you think that car would be worth the $300.00?


I have no idea about US car prices but it's got to be worth risking even
if you decide to break it.

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Old 12-07-2005, 20:01   #3 (permalink)
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Go for it. Sitting for a year and a half isn't all that long and
shouldn't take much to get it going again. Since you have a mechanical
background it shouldn't cost much to fix. I bought my 89 turbo wagon
after it was sitting for that long and once the battery was charged it
fired up and ran fine with 178K on it. It'll need work but there's
plenty of resources online and the labor is free. You should be able to
properly document it and become the new legal owner but it will
probably be a bit of a hassle dealing with the beuracracy. Even if you
end up selling it for parts you'll still easily get your money back.

Dave

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Old 12-07-2005, 20:01   #4 (permalink)
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"James Goforth" wrote
> it would be up to me to deal with the title transfer and all that,
> as it will still be titled to the original owner.


I'd look into what it's going to take to re-title it before I put any money
down. A prior lien, for example, could be a major problem.


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Old 12-07-2005, 20:01   #5 (permalink)
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Re: Return of the abandoned Volvo

In <3cydnYzOjcgXNQrenZ2dnUVZ_sWdnZ2d@adelphia.com>,
Ernest Scribbler <replies@newsgroup.only.please> wrote:

> "James Goforth" wrote
>> it would be up to me to deal with the title transfer and all that,
>> as it will still be titled to the original owner.

>
> I'd look into what it's going to take to re-title it before I put any money
> down. A prior lien, for example, could be a major problem.


He's talking about a 760. The last year Volvo made them was 1990.
You think there's an outstanding 15 year lien, and the bastards at
the bank haven't repossessed it yet.

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Old 12-08-2005, 05:01   #6 (permalink)
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"Aawara Chowdhury" wrote
> He's talking about a 760. The last year Volvo made them was 1990.
> You think there's an outstanding 15 year lien, and the bastards at
> the bank haven't repossessed it yet.


Used cars often have liens.


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Old 12-08-2005, 06:01   #7 (permalink)
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Ernest Scribbler wrote:
> "Aawara Chowdhury" wrote
>
>>He's talking about a 760. The last year Volvo made them was 1990.
>>You think there's an outstanding 15 year lien, and the bastards at
>>the bank haven't repossessed it yet.

>
>
> Used cars often have liens.


It can't hurt (much) to check and might save major headaches later.

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Old 12-08-2005, 06:01   #8 (permalink)
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"James Goforth" <jamiegoforth@webtv.net> wrote in message
news:4203-43975F7E-97@storefull-3277.bay.webtv.net...
> I posted here last summer about this abandoned Volvo 760 wagon which
> was just sitting in a motel parking lot, unlocked, for about a year and
> a half, pretty good condition, no rust or dents, can't remember how many
> miles but it wasn't bad.
> I tried to get the motel mgr to just let me take it since obviously
> the owner wasn't going to come and get it. But he didn't want to do
> that since it wasn't really in the way where it was sitting.
> I tried contacting the owner by registered letter offering to buy it
> but they never contacted me.
> Drove by the place the other day and it was no longer there, called
> them up and they said the motel has a new mgr and he had it towed.
> Contacted the towing place and they said I could have it for $300.00,
> but it would be up to me to deal with the title transfer and all that,
> as it will still be titled to the original owner.
> There's no key.
> Do you think that car would be worth the $300.00?
> Of course there will likely be things wrong with it just from sitting,
> although one thing to condsider is that it obviously ran ok when it was
> driven to the place where it was abandoned.
> It's a pretty cool car, 4 cyl turbo intercooled, black leather, clean.
> I have a pretty good background in auto mechanics but am totally
> ignorant about Volvos, but I just really like those wagons, and hence
> would rather enjoy tinkering with it.
> What would your advice be? And what would it be worth if it were up &
> running?
>


Check with your local Motor Vehicles Division on the procedure. Around here
towing companies have paperwork that allow you to get a salvage title for a
vehicle. The title is branded but for $300, who cares? The car is worth
more than $300 in parts even if it never runs again.


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Old 12-08-2005, 12:01   #9 (permalink)
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James Goforth wrote:
> I posted here last summer about this abandoned Volvo 760 wagon which
> was just sitting in a motel parking lot, unlocked, for about a year and
> a half, pretty good condition, no rust or dents, can't remember how many
> miles but it wasn't bad.
> I tried to get the motel mgr to just let me take it since obviously
> the owner wasn't going to come and get it. But he didn't want to do
> that since it wasn't really in the way where it was sitting.
> I tried contacting the owner by registered letter offering to buy it
> but they never contacted me.
> Drove by the place the other day and it was no longer there, called
> them up and they said the motel has a new mgr and he had it towed.
> Contacted the towing place and they said I could have it for $300.00,
> but it would be up to me to deal with the title transfer and all that,
> as it will still be titled to the original owner.
> There's no key.
> Do you think that car would be worth the $300.00?
> Of course there will likely be things wrong with it just from sitting,
> although one thing to condsider is that it obviously ran ok when it was
> driven to the place where it was abandoned.
> It's a pretty cool car, 4 cyl turbo intercooled, black leather, clean.
> I have a pretty good background in auto mechanics but am totally
> ignorant about Volvos, but I just really like those wagons, and hence
> would rather enjoy tinkering with it.
> What would your advice be? And what would it be worth if it were up &
> running?
>



Well I'd pay $300 for it, but it's not anywhere near me.

Running I'd say the value would probably be $1400-$2500 depending on how
good the condition of everything is and how nicely you polish it up.

Once you start working on an old Volvo you'll never want to go back.
Almost everything is so easy and logical, I never find myself getting
stuck like I did with other cars I worked on.
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Old 12-08-2005, 12:01   #10 (permalink)
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Crazy Dog wrote:
> James Goforth wrote:
>
>> Do you think that car would be worth the $300.00?

>
>
> I have no idea about US car prices but it's got to be worth risking even
> if you decide to break it.
>



In general, if it's a European car, just take the UK value and multiply
it by 3-5X and you'll have more or less the value in the US, which of
course varies by location too.


I've also noticed that people's definition of condition varies quite a
lot, to some "no rust" seems to mean no visible holes rotted through the
body, and "no dents" means it hasn't been broadsided by a truck. Others
like myself are much more nitpicky.
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