2021 SPWB Shaker A8
In Michigan I believe the only black marks on a title are a salvage title, and the car would have to be totaled for that. Definitely not totaled, so that should not be one of my new problems.I wonder if the title will be branded as a Theft Recovery. I would beg the insurance company to total it.
No major body damage, but I lost $750 on the trade of my 2019 because the roof had been repainted. Every body panel that doesn't have factory paint is a hit to trade-in value, and also is never the same quality of finish you get from the factory. While the actual damage does not seem to be major, except for the RR which I am sure needs a bearing and spindle in addition to the wheel, having another Challenger at the body shop before its first oil change is a gut punch.Actually doesn't sound bad at all, mirror, wheels/tires, all bolt on stuff you would never know, just replace them. If nothing suspension is bent on the corner with damaged wheel, get a new one and ignore it.
Paint, well, paint can be fixed, and hopefully the doors themselves are intact, but again, no biggie. A shopping cart won't total a car, a replacement door never will. BUT how is the interior? That is the part that you touch, does it just feel "violated"? If someone just had fun in it, get a nice detail cleaning, new wheels/tires out of insurance, and paint fixed. ANYTHING that can be attributed to the theft make sure to itemize. The fact you found it while it was still intact, probably saved the insurance company thousands, if not tens of thousands of dollars, they shouldn't fight you.
If it is labelled as a "theft recovery" get detailed pictures before, and get a true adjustment on diminished value from them.
Personally, I think I'd be happy to get it back, way cool car!
My detailer is going to inspect the car with me at the body shop to see how much of the factory paint they can save. Between the PPF and ceramic, I think a lot of it will be savable.
Yeah, that's right at the corner of Mack Ave and Gratiot Ave in one of Detroit's worst neighborhoods. Once upon a time when I was young and more reckless I used to go to an after hours club down there and ended up tending bar there for a bit. It's always been a bit of a free fire zone. The Fallujah reference is on point.Figures ! Cops are just CSI Crime scene investigation. ( and not doing very well at that, not looking for the perps) You had to do the legwork yourself ! annoying.
Man that Pic looked like Fallujah, except for the Challenger on the rollback & Grand in the foreground.
They keep on, its going to go 'wild west' and it will get out of control real quick.
It didn't end well for horse thieves back in the day. Today a persons car is their personal transportation and is needed in most cases to make a living.
Such a hassle ! I hate that whole situation 'Hellraisin' .
I have to say, the Detroit Police treated me really well and were super helpful. Very different police department than I used to deal with back in the day.
Seats appear OK except for a couple footprints and the fact that they got rained on through the broken window. There is broken glass all over the console so I'm sure the carbon fiber is damaged to some extent, but I didn't have too much time to inspect it before it had to head for the impound. Steering wheel appears fine. We found the mirror 50 feet away where it was ripped off by a tree branch when they were barreling through an alley, currently in the trunk.Any damage to the seats/carbon fiber/steering wheel? If just (sorry, not to gloss over the damage) exterior issues, much easier to fix. Is a new wheel available to order? Can you get the mirror, and get into a good shop
Wheel does seem readily available 6CT34MALAC
Body shop has already warned me "it's taking a long time to get parts right now and we can't make anyone any promises on turnaround time."
I really appreciate all the thoughts guys. This has been soul crushing, and the words of encouragement from folks who love their cars as much as I do have been really helpful. I've been in a really dark place since it was taken. I'll post the theft video in it's own thread this weekend once I can sit down to edit it. You should all see it.