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E36 M3 (1992-1999) {Euro - S50 B32 321hp @ 7400 rpm} {U.S. - S52 B32 240 hp @ 6000 rpm}
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Old Sun, Apr-19-2015, 07:34:46 PM   #1
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Hi all so attempting to fix my sagging glovebox and looking over prior threads and googling for hours I decided I was just going to try to find a good used one and was on Craiglist and responded to a post for parts as it looked like a guy totaled his e36 and was parting it out. So I went out to pick up the part and the guy had a tiny lot with a bunch of totalled BMW's and had 4 E36 M3's as I got to talking to him as he told me he buys them at auction totalled and pays anywhere from 3-5K and parts them out as he say he can usually get $2K between the motor and trans, and such. What was amazing is he had a 1999 with 54k miles as he said he got $2K for the interior, $2K for the engine and trans and that one he paid $5K for. Seems like it is allot of work and can take a year to get much of the car sold but I was a bit shocked at how much these go for wrecked at auction. By the way he personally drove an e46 m3 and said he likes the E36 M3 much better and is not as problematic as his. Very cool guy as if I ever need any used part he should have it.
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It is a tremendous amount of work. The bids these cars see is insane at times. Makes it hardly worth it.
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It is a ton of work as I had no idea these sell for that much wrecked at auction.
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A car's parts are worth maybe 4 or 5 times the price of the car if it's running.

But it's a lot of time, effort and space for storage.
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A car's parts are worth maybe 4 or 5 times the price of the car if it's running.

But it's a lot of time, effort and space for storage.
That's extremely optimistic pricing.
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I think it depends on how much you want to deal with the little parts... Ok, maybe it's a bit optimistic...lol
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Buying a parts e36, because you have a glovebox problem is going too far - unless you're planning to do a full restoration or live around the arctic circle hundreds of miles from the nearest auto recycler.

On the subject of tje business of parting a car: if you have really good attention to detail, ability to take good pictures, ability to analyze and describe the individual parts you pull from a car, and most importantly, a good amount of shelving to store the parts after you pull them, you can make some decent money on selling auto parts on the internet. That last part is more true when it comes to a car like the e36 M3 that has desirable parts that are compatible with more pedestrian BMWs. I've never parted one of these cars, but wouldn't doubt at all that it's economically advantageous to pay $5-6K for a once clean, now totaled car and clear a handsome profit.

If you have the requisite attention to detail, storage space, and knowledge of parting out a vehicle, there's still a lot of work to be done taking pictures, writing ad descriptions, and taking a mental catalog of what you have. This line of business demands a passion of sorts because there are a lot of better ways to make money that don't require anywhere near so much time or effort.

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I never was considering buying one of these I was just making a point. I responded to a CL add for parts as I got what I needed and just was in awe how much these sell for at auction wrecked and someone doing this to make money seems tough.
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