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Hi members,

Recently a tree fell on my truck and it was deemed total through AAA. They paid out and I bought back the truck. From your experience is this truck worth rebuilding or even parting out? Should I just try to sell the truck as a whole and how much do you think it is worth in the condition it is in? I was thinking around $2,900. This was once a very clean car, the headlights still look brand new.

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2003 White Toyota Tundra SR5 Access CAB 4D

Mileage: 47,446
Engine: V8 4.7 Liter
Transmission: Automatic
Drivetrain: 2WD

Standard: Air Conditioning AM/FM Stereo ABS (4-Wheel) Power Steering Single Compact Disc Tilt Wheel Dual Front Air Bags

Optional: TRD Sports Pkg Cassette Winch Power Windows Sliding Rear Window Premium Wheels Power Door Locks Running Boards Cruise Control Bed Liner
 

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With the exposure here, you'll probably be able to part the thing out for quite a bit more than that. You'll have guys wanting the engine, transmission, wheels, bumpers, seats, you name it.

Good luck.
 

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Being 2WD I think getting 2900.00 is a major strech. The motor,tranny and bed are you main money makers. IMO rebuilding it would not be a option.
 

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I would agree with the part out being where the money is, rebuilding a truck damaged that badly has the inevitable pitfall of the truck "never being the same" weird noises/rattles/water leaks funny tire wear or handling issues, not to say there are not shops that could rebuild it and have it come out 100%, I know there are but the cost would be high. If you have the option of keeping it around while it's parted out I know you will come out well in the end. Scott
 

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The frame is bent, which means it would cost a TON to get it fixed.

My recommendation would be to take your time and part it out.

Depending on the mileage, the engine and transmission are a great start and the bed can be made into a trailer. The bumpers are always in demand, along with spare tire and other miscellaneous parts.

Good luck to ya !
 

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Sorry about your bad luck. Dont try to rebuild it, unless you are building a race truck. I desperatly want to build a white 03 tundra trailer. had the ability when i sold the bed off my 00, but i didnt even think about it. I would buy your wheels for sure.
 

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2900 will take time to get imho. tranny+ engine will be 1500$ max combined. Bed, rear bumper, ECU, wheels. If you got time , but those $2900 will take quite some time to collect. I would do it if i had spare garage to keep it in. But it takes time and tools to take thing apart. Depends how much it cost you to buy it back the $2900 cash in hand might be a good thing.
 

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Hey John. I'm very sorry to hear about the truck. Like others have said don't rebuild it. I would list the truck on Craigslist and also list the truck on here and I'm sure members would be willing to purchase truck parts off of you.

Chris
 

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Thanks for the replies. I didn't think it would be worth fixing either. Someone in the family wanted to try that route. If it only cost $5,000 to fix would that be practical? Keep in mind that it would need to be fancy, just a reliable enough truck for using to haul stuff and around town.

As of right now I have many offers for the truck, as low as $1,500 all the way to $2,500. I don't think I want to do that parting out route since I don't have the time for that and I don't like something setting at my house for that long. Time and space = $$$

I found a used 2005 (Model 06) Double Cab Prerunner Silver Tacoma V6 with 38,000 miles for $15000, but I might be able to get it for $13,000. There is no tow package or TRD sports package. Do you think this would be a good buy if I got it for $13,000? Not a big fan of silver color but if the price is good thats fine. This is not my daily driver. Just a truck to use to haul stuff around and tow a trailer here and there. I really wanted a 4x4 this time around but since I don't go off road really or to the dunes much I shouldn't need to pay extra for the feature?
 

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what did u have to pay the insurance as salvage value? id say if u can get at least that u are doing good. theres no money in selling the truck outright as u have found...unless u have a serious person wanting to pay 2500 for it. u can part it out but its not going to be a fast recovery. should have just left it with the insurance company and let them deal with it IMO
 

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Since you mention towing I would get another tundra. The tacoma holds its value very well so you can probably das well or better with a used tundra.
 

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what's wierd is my 03 sr5 4x4 trd has the cup holders in the rear of the center console?!?!?!?!
Do you have captains' chairs?

JohnGibson's truck has a benchseat with a folding center console. As far as I know, all benchseat center consoles are configured the same way (including mine).
 

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Thanks for the replies. I didn't think it would be worth fixing either. Someone in the family wanted to try that route. If it only cost $5,000 to fix would that be practical? Keep in mind that it would need to be fancy, just a reliable enough truck for using to haul stuff and around town.

As of right now I have many offers for the truck, as low as $1,500 all the way to $2,500. I don't think I want to do that parting out route since I don't have the time for that and I don't like something setting at my house for that long. Time and space = $$$

I found a used 2005 (Model 06) Double Cab Prerunner Silver Tacoma V6 with 38,000 miles for $15000, but I might be able to get it for $13,000. There is no tow package or TRD sports package. Do you think this would be a good buy if I got it for $13,000? Not a big fan of silver color but if the price is good thats fine. This is not my daily driver. Just a truck to use to haul stuff around and tow a trailer here and there. I really wanted a 4x4 this time around but since I don't go off road really or to the dunes much I shouldn't need to pay extra for the feature?

But how much did you pay insurance for it?
 

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hi is that a s/c on it???
you can get the parts to rebuild it.
you have no miles.
you can never replace that tundra with those miles.
i have a place for all your parts. LKQ corp on line salvage.
and that year you can put a s/c on it.
rebuild it.
most frames can be fixed.
so what you have a savage title.
as long as you get it on the road.
my .02 cents.
parting it out could take you years.
and the time.
put it back together, & drive it or sell it.
gorilla
 

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hi i bet you can find a body guy, on his off time, that would fix it for you, for 1/3 of what a shop would cost you.
go for it. only you know if she's worth it. that is why i assume you bought her back. i would do the same , if it was my tundra.
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hi is that a s/c on it???
you can get the parts to rebuild it.
you have no miles.
you can never replace that tundra with those miles.
i have a place for all your parts. LKQ corp on line salvage.
and that year you can put a s/c on it.
rebuild it.
most frames can be fixed.
so what you have a savage title.
as long as you get it on the road.
my .02 cents.
parting it out could take you years.
and the time.
put it back together, & drive it or sell it.
gorilla
The numbers dont work Gorilla he needs a complete cab + rad. and most likely A/C components. Frame work and maybe some front end work. We are talking about a 2WD Access cab non limited. He will spend more than it is worth. He has the right idea to sell it and move on.
 
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