Meeting your ex in a place where you least expect it, is always a shock. Especially if ending the relationship wasn’t your idea. The same goes for an ex-car, as is the case here. The former owner of this BMW M3 (E92) had to say goodbye to his car in March this year because the insurer declared him a total loss. In the Benelux tunnel, a BMW 2-series suddenly moved one lane to the left, causing the two BMWs to collide.
With that, the story seemed ready for this M3, until the then owner suddenly encountered the car repaired on marketplace. ‘Yesterday I received an ad from a friend asking if this wasn’t my car. It’s always painful to see your old love again, this was my dream car,” Guy told TopGear. He now drives a newer BMW M3 (F80). He doesn’t think it’s quite right: ‘Someone who buys the M3 does so unsuspectingly. It was completely assembled with WOK notification* on it.’
How bad is it that the BMW M3 was a total loss?
A car is declared a total loss if the cost of repairs exceeds the value of the car. In that case it is cheaper to buy a new (second-hand) one. However, that does not mean that a car is beyond repair. If someone repairs the car in his own time and therefore does not pay an hourly wage, it can be worthwhile to buy a depreciated model. Someone saw this BMW M3 and apparently dared the project.
What does the seller say?
About three months later, the BMW M3 is ready again, at least optically. The advertisement does not say anything about the damage, but when we send a message to the seller, he immediately admits that there has indeed been pre-damage. We cannot say anything about the technical condition or the quality of the repairs. We always advise you to have a thorough inspection done. If you want more certainty, it is best to visit a brand dealer and buy a second-hand car under warranty.
* WOK means Wait For Approval. The car then does not meet the legal requirements (in this case due to the accident) and is only allowed on the road until it has been inspected again.