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Is that $250 bid for real? Front end must have hit a pole but at $250 it looks like it's worth the investment.

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Naw. Unfortunately more than that. You can prebid the week leading up to the auction, that was the winner of the pre-bid. I won it for $900 and some change after fees during live bidding.
 

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They lump their three locations in Iowa into one auction. Two are in/next to Des Moines, where I am. The third is 2.5 hours away. I wasn't paying attention to their location and won this and the other car both 2.5 hours away. Oops! Road trip this week.
 

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Still, though. $900 is a great deal. The rest of the body [except the scratches and mirror] is in excellent condition and so is the interior.

Do you have to pay to have it shipped or will you go pick it up?

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Not 100% sure yet. It's only 2.5 hours away but we have a crazy busy week. Quote is $300/ea to ship both cars. The other one is a Focus so I can haul that back, but the trucks a little too big for my trailer. I can legally drive them if I'm in route to the salvage inspection, so I may just drive the truck straight from the auction house to the salvage inspection, it should pass. Then tow the Focus.

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Still, though. $900 is a great deal. The rest of the body [except the scratches and mirror] is in excellent condition and so is the interior.

Do you have to pay to have it shipped or will you go pick it up?

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Actually, $300 doesn't sound that bad for shipping. Don't know what you paid for the Focus but I'm sure you got a good deal on that as well.

I've never tried the auctions. I get great deals on Craigslist and have not yet had to put a major amount of money into anything that I bought as long as 3 years or so ago.

I'm happy with that but maybe one of these days I'll check out the auctions, too. I'm always looking for ways to lower costs and get what I need without over-extending myself.

Good luck on both of those. :)

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No, I don't think it's too bad either.

Focus was $600 and some change, but it's a little more risky depending on damage underneath. Bid on it a little too quickly before I noticed the extent of the damage.
http://www.qcsadirect.com/Inventory.aspx?InventoryID=136524

This is the first time I've bought direct from this auction. One of my cars came from a dealer that bought from this auction though. Just cutting out the middle man this time :) There were lots of other great deals, but after I won two I resisted continuing to bid.

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Actually, $300 doesn't sound that bad for shipping. Don't know what you paid for the Focus but I'm sure you got a good deal on that as well.

I've never tried the auctions. I get great deals on Craigslist and have not yet had to put a major amount of money into anything that I bought as long as 3 years or so ago.

I'm happy with that but maybe one of these days I'll check out the auctions, too. I'm always looking for ways to lower costs and get what I need without over-extending myself.

Good luck on both of those. :)

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It can be tough to control the urge, like when you get bit by the eBay bug. Too many things you can use that you THINK you need at such low prices, it can be hard to resist. :)

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Swift,

Did I see that truck in the ditch along I-80 by Grinnell? Looked like it with the tan topper on it.. I slowed down and nobody was in it so went on.

Helped another P&P Contractor last week when he was busted down at the worst possible place to be busted down.....the driveway into the Iowa DOT station....
 

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Wouldn't have been this one. This one was totalled in IL.

Yeah that would be a terrible place to be busted down. We had a truck break down by Fort Dodge a couple months ago. $2500 later it's back on the road. New engine. Not really sure why I put that much in the truck but I did.


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Swift,

Did I see that truck in the ditch along I-80 by Grinnell? Looked like it with the tan topper on it.. I slowed down and nobody was in it so went on.

Helped another P&P Contractor last week when he was busted down at the worst possible place to be busted down.....the driveway into the Iowa DOT station....
 
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Good deal. I tried calling you but the phone that was on me didnt have your number in it. I thought you tried driving truck home and it busted down.

I'll try to call Monday if you are around?
 

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Nope haven't gotten truck yet. Should be delivered by Wednesday and hopefully on road by Friday. We are adding a couple more people, been busy.

Yeah I will be around tomorrow, sounds good.
 
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That front bumper took a good whack. Therefore the core-support, fender(s), wheel well(s) and hood are most likely damaged as well.

An impact like that on "modern" trucks causes the ENTIRE front body structure to shift. It is one large crumple-zone.

There is also a good chance that the steering wheel is no longer at "10 and 2".

But...

You paid next to nothing for it, so all will be well.



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"SHIFT LINKAGE IS OFF". Hmmmmmm.
 
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Swift- who you using for your bodywork? PM or text me their info if you don't mind. I've got some light surface rust popping up on the bed corners on one of my trucks and I hate rust.
 

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Swift- who you using for your bodywork? PM or text me their info if you don't mind. I've got some light surface rust popping up on the bed corners on one of my trucks and I hate rust.
Just going to either have one of my guys or myself do the hood/bumper swap on the truck and should be good from there. I ended up getting a non-salvage expedition from the salvage auction, and that ended up being a sweet deal too. The focus is a mess, probably part it out. So in short, I don't have anyone.

But they were delivered yesterday and the verdict is:
- '97 Expedition 150k miles, non-salvage, $1600 shipped, looks great, putting up for sale for $4k tomorrow.
- '97 F150 180k miles, arrived, wouldn't start, then realized completely out of gas, put in gas, ran good. The "shift linkage off" just means that when your dash says drive, it's really in neutral, so have to move it to 2nd gear to get it to actually be in drive. Front damage is basically how it appears, radiator mounts and such didn't appear to be moved. Other minor damage on exterior, but as to be expected for a '97 truck.
- '01 Focus 120k miles, it's a mess. In addition to the smack in the rear, it has both tail lights busted up, one headlight, hood has hail damage and is rusty and inside looks disasterous(was a college kids). Started right up, after about 30 minutes the temp gauge spiked.
 
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