Look at this as an opportunity:As I mentioned earlier this week, my youngest son crashed into the back of a bus with the old Passat. He's fine, nobody injured at all.
Just found out this morning that the insurance company declared the Passat a total loss. I don't have the value of settlement as yet. The Canadian Black Book Total Loss value for this car is $ 4132 CAD based on kilometres alone (187,000km). The car was in excellent shape, and God knows I plowed far too much $CAD into the thing in the last 30,000km.
I want to thank all those who have helped me with the various problems, general maintenance tips & tricks, over the years. This place has saved me thousands of dollars over the years and certainly expanded my capabilities ~ and my tool box ~ for money saving repairs.
This Passat was kept the longest of any car I've owned to this point. I had a 1991 Honda Accord Coupe that I kept 13 years, but this one went 0.7 years longer ~ if not accumulating as many Km as the Honda (307,000km). Going forward, not certain if I want to repeat this replacement interval?
I kept track of my operating expenses since June 8, 2004 for this car:
Maintenance: $ 6993 CAD
Repairs: $6995 CAD
Investments: $3890 CAD (Thule Cross Bars, Mudflaps, APR Chip, 3 sets of snows on steel rims, wood dash kit, replacement Blaupunkt double din)
Depreciation: $33,000 CAD approximately - depends on cheque from Insurance Company for total loss. I paid $36,580 CAD for car in 2004.
Once again, thanks for being the most fun car forum of my experience! so much combined knowledge with an impressive willingness to share.