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I need a new rear bumper cover (Red), and as I'm about to order a new one, I'm thinking that maybe I can pick up a good condition, used one instead...

Is anyone selling used Insight parts? Does anyone know how one can find used Insight parts on the web?

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For searching the database of hundreds of wreckers all over north america use this web site:
http://www.car-part.com/

I've seen Insights and Insight parts in here.
 

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Great, thanks.

I checked out the prices and it's almost cheaper for me to just get a new one painted. Oh well...
 

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I'm sorta in the same boat. I want a set of head lights and tail lights to play with, but for $20 more each I can go buy brand new perfect ones. I still have a few more places to call, but it's looking like I'm just going to hold out until I can afford a new set.
 

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I imagine the parts from wreckers can be highly negotiable, specially for an Insight.
 

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Tried it with a few, they wouldn't budge. Suprisingly one had already sold some parts, including one head light already.
 

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I am still trying to get my insight from the insurance company, as soon as they decide on a value. They want their money but hate to part with it.
It's a blue 02 that had the front end cut off.
I have to decide between a red 04 five speed for $19,600 or a blue 03 five speed no air for $16,000. How much to add air? Does it work as good as factory.
The kids would'nt let me get the Toyota.
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I bought a used '02 which had no air when I test drove it. I asked on this forum if adding air at the dealer was as good as factory air, and learned that all A/C-equipped Insights had the A/C installed at the dealer. So it's exactly the same as buying a brand-new, air-equipped one.

I just dug through my paperwork to see if I had saved the page with our "negotiations" on it -- that's where we itemized the cost of the A/C. But I don't have it -- the final sale docs just show a total price, and specify that it includes air.

It wasn't cheap, though -- the part alone is expensive, and it was four hours labor to install, if I recall correctly. The Edmunds site I went to when I was doing price research showed A/C being worth $831 dealer retail (I did save that page, for some reason). Maybe I paid $750 or so? It's all funny money when you're haggling and trading in, though.

Good luck!

MF

PS - "The kids wouldn't let me get the Toyota." So... they would rather you get a car that isn't big enough to bring them along for the ride? <grin>
 

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No, they like driving the insight, and my daughter (14) is looking foward to using it in the future.
The people at Toyota really put me in a bad mood and I hate going there. If they are such awful people now, what happens when I have a service problem? It's like I'm doing them a big favor by even considering a Toyota, and they all give me that salesman B.S. designed to sell a car to a child for the maximun profit :evil: .
I had a wonderful experience at the Honda dealer and got a fair price for the new 02 this past August, and I feel comfortable there. They give me a price, explain the options for financing, discuss (briefly) extended warrentees, let me take the car home for an extended test drive, have the mechanic answer all my questions, and then they DON'T bug me with phone calls while I do some comparison shopping.

Besides, with five kids and a wife in Med school I need the excuse of a two seater to get away sometimes :wink: .
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MikeF said:
I bought a used '02 which had no air when I test drove it. I asked on this forum if adding air at the dealer was as good as factory air, and learned that all A/C-equipped Insights had the A/C installed at the dealer. So it's exactly the same as buying a brand-new, air-equipped one.
In years past, that used to be true for honda (All cars come from the factory without A/C) but not anymore since most people want A/C. In fact the VIN will tell if it came with factory air.
http://www.insightcentral.net/encyclopedia/enserialno.html (That page needs to updated, a 147 is a CVT)

But, the AC kit contains all the parts that factory uses. So a car with a well done A/C install will be impossible to tell from a factory A/C car, besides the VIN.

Installing the A/C is not a trival job. You'll need to tear up the dash, run the lines, mount the condensor and the pump, etc.etc. And then you'll still need to take it to a shop and have the system charged.
 
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