JUNKYARD THERAPY: Accidents Will Happen, Volume II

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When cars are damaged in accidents, they’ll be fixed – unless they’ve lost enough value to not be worth it. We saw a few examples of this at our most recent junkyard visit.

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Some cars that end in the junkyard have clearly been nursed through their last days with DIY repairs.

This blue Buick Century’s owner had a lot of real estate to cover when part of the wall-to-wall tail light lens was taken out. The bulbs were covered, but it looks like they also made a heated impression on the red plastic  that was stretched across them.

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Other signs of damage indicate the event that finally took the car out of circulation. Both of these white Luminas took a hit to the driver’s front left, and the unrepaired headlights show that these accidents were likely each car’s last trips.

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This LeSabre‘s rear fender was likely wrinkled when the car was pushed into its junkyard bay.

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This unlucky Oldsmobile probably rear-ended a car in front.

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Something awful happened to this Impala. Looks like a long wedge was impressed upon its roof.

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The doors still open and close, but the side windows didn’t survive the extreme curvature of the frames.

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No doubt about it, this Impala has been smushed.

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This Cutlass was likely the subject of a mauling as it was placed in its bay. A resolutely unimpressive car when it was on the road, this Cutlass’s wrinkles make it visually interesting.

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A deep sideswipe befell this Sedan deVille. Too bad, it was in decent shape otherwise.

It’s funny that such an expensive car had drum rear brakes, not discs.

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This Saturn Ion is Exhibit A for the small front-overlap crash test. The A-pillar has been pushed into a nearly vertical shape after taking the brunt of the impact.

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Here’s hoping there wasn’t a front passenger to cope with the Ion’s compromised structure.

Find a Saturn Ion near you with BestRide’s local search.

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This beige LeSabre has perhaps the most vivid accident damage. This Buick was T-boned, and it was T-boned hard.

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The instrument panel is crimped, and if it were real, the wood would be splintered.

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As the with the Ion, the hope is that there wasn’t a front passenger to cope with this sudden reduction of space.

And, it reminds us all to be safe out there.

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Looking for a new or used car? Check out BestRide’s local listings here. 

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