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Old March 29th, 2017, 08:42 PM   #36021
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Old March 29th, 2017, 08:59 PM   #36022
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Maybe not with the car but I would definitely try it with a motorbike.
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Old March 29th, 2017, 10:34 PM   #36023
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I once totaled my 1994 Toyota Corolla. It was 12 years old at that time. It was economically totaled (it was not worth to repair it). But I got € 400 for the car, which someone then repaired. I saw it driving around a few months later.
A few years ago my family was selling a Renault Clio II after a crash, in which it landed on the roof. A local company buying totaled cars, extracting spare parts and scrapping them paid for it 600 zł (150 euro).
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Old March 29th, 2017, 11:39 PM   #36024
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Surely they can be traced by the VIN number? Or have they destroyed/taken them too?
That's not that easy, as they need to access German database, but indeed that's how they try to track the owners. However, the owners are unresponsive or deny ownership, or the tracks lead nowhere.

According to the law, they have to wait around half a year before they can tow the car (if parked properly), then they have to keep it at a special lot for another half a year before they can scrap it.
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Old March 30th, 2017, 02:03 AM   #36025
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The percentage of cars written off after accidents has been increasing. Not steadily but there had been some jumps. In particular, after the latest collapsible frame/survival cell improvements were adopted on mass scale even on cheaper cars in the mid-2000s, more and more accidents with no injuries to passengers are resulting in cars being written off.

Sadly, some people, instead of being happy car crashes injure far less today than 30 years ago, lament that old cars survived small crashes better, not making the direct relationship between what gets hurt: the car body or the human bodies.
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Old March 30th, 2017, 02:15 AM   #36026
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I'm not so sure it is so much related to that, it may be more the cost of skilled labour to put the car back into good condition that has risen quickly in past decades. But certainly, especially for expensive cars (e.g. BMW) with aluminium or other exotic (even high-strength steels for example) have big difficulty to repair after crashes, because the metal is difficult to bend back (it is liable to crack, poor ductility)

It seems wrong that a car costs money to scrap though. Is there some regulatory issue in Germany causing it to be so expensive? There is a significant amount of scrap metal, and also usable parts in any "junk" automobile, it is easily worth 250 - 500 Euro. Is there 500 Euro of paperwork or "sonderbehandlung" that Germany requires?
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Old March 30th, 2017, 03:11 AM   #36027
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A few years ago my family was selling a Renault Clio II after a crash, in which it landed on the roof. A local company buying totaled cars, extracting spare parts and scrapping them paid for it 600 zł (150 euro).
I forgot to add that this Clio looked more like a Renault Twingo than like a Clio after this accident

Fortunately, nobody injured. Remember to fasten your seatbelts
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Old March 30th, 2017, 03:17 AM   #36028
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I once bought a 1999 Saab 9-3 SE that had rolled on its roof, for 300 USD (I wanted the engine)
The structure was very good, but the roof was all twisted, dented, deformed. But the pillars held strong and there was no intrusion in the cabin.

The part that impressed me though was the glass moonroof. It was now at a slight angle because the roof had bent. But... not even scratched, let alone cracked. It must have been real "gorilla glass" haha. All other glass on the car was damaged of course.
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Old April 2nd, 2017, 12:38 PM   #36029
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Opel Corsa B from 1993. Today, I had to exchange the headlight bulb. H4. An old car, so apparently it should be easy. A German one, in addition, so you can expect that they made it so that it's practical. But actually, to exchange the bulb, I had to remove a part hiding the access to the bulb (it was simple), but then... I had a lot of problems with installing the bulb in its place. It is kept there with a special spring, which I had much difficulty fitting. There is so little room over there that I could operate with one hand only and I couldn't see almost anything...
So apparently they fixed it in later Corsa C, where you must only open the cover at rear part of the lamp to get an access, open the bulb's fitting and get it out. The whole operation takes less than one minute.
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Old April 2nd, 2017, 04:40 PM   #36031
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It has been disabled since a forum update yesterday: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=1987380
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Old April 2nd, 2017, 04:42 PM   #36032
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Old April 3rd, 2017, 03:21 PM   #36033
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This car/gyro got the necessary certificates for roads and is registered as a vehicle and as a flying device at the same time. The first market production of 40 will be started shortly in Přerov. The auto-heli, or as they call it Autogyro was developed by Nirvana Systems.
http://www.autogyro.cz/r0c214/GyroDr...lnicni-provoz/





Flying from Přerov to Prague, and then riding from the airport to the center of Prague and back.


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Old April 3rd, 2017, 08:49 PM   #36034
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ok, if you drive it as a road vehicle with (probably) A category licence, are you allowed to fly with it, or you must own flying certificate?
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Old April 3rd, 2017, 09:35 PM   #36035
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ok, if you drive it as a road vehicle with (probably) A category licence, are you allowed to fly with it, or you must own flying certificate?
If you want to fly it, you need a pilot licence obviously.
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Old April 3rd, 2017, 10:26 PM   #36036
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Cool. Is needed a permission for each flight, or is the flight possibly limited like height, or distance?
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Old April 4th, 2017, 03:23 PM   #36037
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Is permission limited to the Czech Republic?
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Old April 4th, 2017, 04:59 PM   #36038
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I think you can just use it as any other ultralight gyrocopter. I am not familiar with the exact rules, but you need flight plans etc. The flight is limited by the specification of the gyrocopter. Some 4-5 hours in the air, 160 km/h. But those people make international flight trips. They were above the polar circle as well.

Those gyrocopters are originally designed by a German company, the Czech company that produces this particular design is its subsidiary. The registration is a Czech registration. It has limited max speed to 40 km/h on road. I think that once you register it in the Czech Republic, you register it for the EU. The device received Czech homologation for the road use, that should be valid in the whole EU. They say that it is a first flying device in the world that is also officially registered as a road vehicle and they are preparing a line production.
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Old April 8th, 2017, 04:22 PM   #36039
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A common problem in the Netherlands are people ignoring the red X on the motorway traffic signalling. So in this case they used a VMS that says;

WARNING
ignoring red cross
fine 230 euros!




Sometimes they have a connector closed due to an accident on the other motorway and then put a police officer at the end. Everyone driving through is queued and receives a 230 euro fine.

Wait in line to get a fine!
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Old April 9th, 2017, 03:22 PM   #36040
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One of the reasons I think Dutch drivers often ignore closed lane signs is that often there are closed lanes for nothing more than bureaucracy, such as plus lanes (less common now than 4 years ago)
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