Car with Surprise

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This car was bought by a Russian guy via an online ad, just a common thing. It’s price was around $13,000. Here is the screenshot of the ad. Then after the car was purchased the new owenr noticed that one of the speakers in the car was not working so he decided to fix it, so he dismantled the door to see what’s the matter with the speaker and found a bunch of photos there together with a letter. The photos and the text you can see below:

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“Dear friend,
Thanks for buying my car. Just some time before I sold it I got into an accident driving this car. Don’t worry I am ok and the car was insured. So I’ve got the money from insurance company then went to scrap metal site and found everything I needed. Bit from there bit from everywhere and I’ve got all things I needed (see photos). Then I welded everything into one piece. And here it is, almost like new.
I remember that people were complaining – “What a pity that my car is so sporty but not red!” – you shouldn’t complain anymore as you can see the driver’s door is red from inside.”

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41 thoughts on “Car with Surprise”

  1. I don’t understand fully what happens here. Do they build that audi from scratch or from used parts?

    can you arrange the papers to say that it’s an audi if it didn’t come from the official factory?

    replies are much appreciated

    • They rebuilt it from used Audi parts. It would be *much* less durable and valuable than a car that had not been rebuilt in this manner.

      It’s like gluing the pieces of a broken vase back together.

      • Actually, if done well it’s very strong indeed. Stronger than the original if you let in new metal properly instead of doing a weaker butt joint.

        It’s not uncommon to fit new half-chassis to Land Rovers and Jeeps, which is a perfectly safe practice. Since this is a monocoque body it’s more difficult but still safe.

        This is coming from a fairly experienced welder by the way.

        • I had the misfortune of buying a 1998 Nissan Maxima that had been welded back together – but I never had a problem with the car. It was the rock steady V6 jewel of an engine that mattered.. I’d be much more concerned about inspecting a rebuilt engine.

  2. It’s not just in Russia. It’s everywhere. When it comes to buying a car… “Caveat Emptor” Let the buyer beware.

  3. 1) Buy wreck for few hundred rubles

    2) Steal someones identical pride and joy

    3) Make hashed monster out of 2 cars

    4) Sell for large profit 😀

  4. This was typical on poland too !!! About 5 years ago most polish wants car , they don’t have enough money so they buy crushed car in german , france and benelux , They made the same of this fotos …

    • True, but I think the Polish authorities somehow dealt with this problem – I remember there were LINES of Polish trucks moving the trashed cars from D and (later) F through CZ around 2000, but it does not happen anymore.
      Anyway, buying a used car is always a lottery… I think the best way to avoid a nasty surprise is to stick to one brand and learn as much as you can about the strong/weak points of individual models from the enthusiast forums.

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  6. This kind of operation is called a “cut and shut” in English. It is a common operation for cars that are severely damaged on one end only, and doesn’t necessarily result in a weakened car — provided the welding job is done very skilfully. However as it is nearly impossible for the buyer to tell the difference between a good welding job and a bad one, no-one would ever pay a good price for a cut-and-shut job (unless he was being ripped off!)

    A more likely problem is that front and back running gear will be permanently misaligned, resulting in increased tyre wear, vibration at speed, and steering that doesn’t self-centre. In very bad cases the doors may not seal properly when shut. This can be avoided by a workshop that is fully equipped with the necessary laser-sighted alignment jigs, but when the car is welded back together sitting on the garage floor, as appears to be the case here, it is pretty well impossible to get it straight.

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  8. i think this car was made in lithuania, in Marjampole city, in lithuania our “specialists” buy junk from europe and making good looking cars for selling in Russia and other post-sovietic countrys. P.S. sory for bad english. (but that junk is better thn american car)

  9. “Very safe.” I would not like to be inside this
    creation once it gets crashed again…
    Same goes for those foam cars! >:(

    Web is full of official crash tests, and those are new
    cars. Computer designed structures, special
    steel etc. It’s big jolt even for factory-new real car.
    Think about this creation then…

    So, buckle up, good luck and goodbye!! 🙂
    See you on the other side, somewhere over the rainbow.

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  12. TO: 2009-03-17 19:22:12

    That’s almost true for all cars coming from Latvia or Lithuania for sale. It’s not rare to see these cars in Estonia.

  13. Wow! This is a funny experience. Too bad you haven’t got the best value for your money. This would serve as a good lesson for everyone here. Check your car doors for pictures before buying. ;). LOved reading this post bro. Thanks for sharing it.

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  17. Some people think that car insurance is a waste of money but it is really very essential that you have one.”;;

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  20. This known in the UK as a “cut and shut”. Such cars are famous for being unroadworthy deathtraps. Could this be why there are so many road accidents in Russia?


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