Right, I was minding my own business last night on the laptop when by chance I spotted a rather sad and unloved Fiat Panda for sale / been broken up for spares.
So I had a look as thought I'd seen this car before and sure enough I have. It was my sisters First car from over 10 years ago!
I was really gutted to be honest as my sister and are family really looked after that car. My brother got it from the Fiat dealer he used to work at with only 19,000 miles on the clock. Think we sold it about 2009 with 60,000 miles to a Fiat Forum member and it now on 90,000.
From what I can find out it's been off the road since 2014/5 after head gasket failure. Then it's been through a few hands in that time through facebook etc moving further south with nobody bothering to do anything with it other than let it deteriorate.
So I've fired off a email as I wanted to see what the story was and he told me the above plus he gave me a list of parts he kept / sold so far.
Parts missing so far:
All body mouldings/plastics removed (I still have all of it but I have buyers interested in bits of it)
Throttle body rubber seal
Driver door mirror
I've also noticed from the pictures it's missing it CLX spec roof bars which aren't cheap / easy to find and has no bumpers or headlights fitted but he hasn't mentioned those.
The advert mentioned rusty arches and sills and they showed some bad plating on the nearside sill. A Mot history check through up some welding to the front and rear suspension mounting components and a advisory on the rear seat belt anchorage areas being corroded.
He said that he open to a offer on the car as it stands and it would still run but only on three cylinders which brings me to the following questions.
How much is a incomplete Fiat Panda Worth?
What should I ask him regarding bodywork and engine condition?
Would the above missing parts be a massive headache to find?
Can anybody recommend or help find missing parts if I brought it back?
What price would a Roadworthy Panda be in fair / tidy condition?
Sorry if this all seams a bit all over the place but I'm not sure myself!
To be honest rescuing this little Panda makes no sense as I'm not even after / wanting a Fiat Panda but I hate to see what was once a good car die and my sister would be really upset if I told her about it but I know if it was my old First Car I'd buy it in a heart beat.
The timing isn't great as money is really tight but if I can save it from the crusher or someone else can find it a new home that would be a major result.