One piece at a time, as it were

A friend of mine, after running up against the fact that old cars that aren’t worth a lot still need maintenance, got rid of her ’94 Honda Accord and bought a somewhat newer Nissan Altima. It occurs to me that maybe she should have parted it out, since that’s what the professional thieves do:

Of the 52,000 Honda Accords stolen in 2010, more than 44,000 were 1990s models. Less than 6,000 were made in the 2000s.

When the pieces are broken out, the parts are worth more than the cars. The fuel line for a 1994 Honda goes for about $375, the air conditioner compressor sells for around $350, and an antilock brake part sells for around $450. Just those three parts $1,175. Comparatively, Kelley Blue Book says an excellent condition four-door 1994 Honda Accord is valued at around $1,900.

I’d like to know what “antilock brake part” can be had for $450. I can get two brand-new wheel sensors for that kind of money. (Never mind what the control module costs.) Maybe I should inquire at the nearest chop shop.





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