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Old 03-10-2019, 03:21 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default First Insight....bought 2003 at auction

I just picked up a 2003 Insight with the 5 speed manual and A/C at the Copart auction in Phoenix. It had 127k miles and was donated. I did a carfax and found out it was a 1 owner car and had spent its entire life in Arizona. The owner always serviced it at Honda dealers and had it recently fully serviced prior to donating it. Other than the battery needing a charge from sitting so long, she runs great.
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That looks great.
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Clean car, congrats! Welcome to the forum.
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Looks like a very nice example. Congratulations and welcome to the forum. Grid charge that battery before using it. May be good but hammering on unbalanced batteries can hurt them.
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How do I grid charge my battery?
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With a grid charger. ��

Basically you use a high voltage power supply to charge the battery to full at a very slow rate.

Depending on your local resources, you can borrow, rent, build, or purchase one. Or pay a shop to provide the service for or I stall the equipment for you.

Can cost up to $1,000 or so of you get a super fancy high end one. Or free of you have a bunch of electronic parts lying around that you can repurpose.

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Looks like a very nice example. Congratulations and welcome to the forum. Grid charge that battery before using it. May be good but hammering on unbalanced batteries can hurt them.
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If you don't mind sharing, what was your out the door cost and copart experience like? It seems like a cheap way to get an Insight, so long as you consider the fees into your bid price.

Lansing has a copart location and I inspected a truck for my wife and they were friendly and allowed me to fully inspect it. Unfortunately, I got outbid, but felt much more confident in the process after doing a personal inspection.
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Actually the whole thing was much simpler than I expected. I was in CA and the car was in AZ so I needed a broker. I used Advance Motors. I went to their website, registered and put down a $400 deposit on my cc. Then they gave me a log on and password for Copart. I waited for the live auction (because if you pre-bid, you cannot bid in the live auction and whatever your final pre-bid was is as high as you can go.)

I won the car for $1150. Advance Motors sent me an invoice for a little over $1700. This includes their $200 fee plus the fee to Copart which was about $350 plus Copart charges a $69 terminal fee and a $59 gate fee. I sent them a wire transfer and once received they refunded my $400 deposit. They then sent me an email saying the car is ready for pick up. I went to Phoenix with a trailer.

At the Copart facility they gave me a receipt and told me to give it to the lot guy. They brought it out on a giant forklift and put it right on my trailer. All keys were in it. I put a jumper box on it and it started right up. Then I tied it down and drove 6 hours home.
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