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Anyone doing a volt builder? Need parts and advice. COPART wrecks x2

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I picked up a 2013 base model over a year ago at swapalease for $189 a month and fell in love with it. I have decided to help my teen boys upgrade their old Honda civics and bought a 2014 hit on the side with 8000 miles and a 2013 hit in front with 32k miles. Average price for the 2 was $4200 looks like about $1800 each to fix to a "close enough" level. Both are light hits with the major issue being deployed airbags, both are completely dark, no life. My first step was to buy some air bags on eBay for $150 each, my next venture is to invest $300 in service manuals. Any other braves souls going down this path? My wife thinks I am nuts...
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Happy wife, happy life... I decided to build a house to satisfy my mid-life challenge. The key was to get the wife involved. I no longer look forward to solving big problems, and, in fact, I have managed to avoid any for a very long time. I think that you have committed yourself to some major efforts in attempting to restore those Volts to legal running order. It is certainly a good thought and a nice one to introduce your sons to the EV world. Assuming that you are successful in the reconstruction, the Volts will have to be transported to a Dealership to get them running. They have the electronic test equipment that is used to "re-awaken" the electronics and make them play together. It can't be done under the shade of the old apple tree any longer, at least not with the Volt. Last thought, pay careful attention to the cooling systems for the electronics. It would serve you well to read the many posts in the forums.
I reread your original post. Were either/both cars totaled by the insurance companies?

Another thought: I believe that the Volt has a main contactor that opens to isolate the traction battery when the airbags inflate I could be wrong on that. Also, because the Volt is designed to maximize regeneration when braking, the calipers are applied toward the end of the stopping, unless you jam on the pedal requiring the pads to help decelerate the car rapidly. That is why there is hardly any brake dust. The rotors are FNC treated to prevent rusting.

The treatment will wear off after many, many miles.
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