Thursday, February 3, 2011

2005 Peugeot 206 XR - In US, In Need of Repair

I exchanged a few e-mails with the owner of this car a few months ago. At the time it wasn't for sale.

Back then it was pristine. No so today.

It was recently involved in a accident and the the owner has put it up for sale on eBay.

I have no idea how this car got into the US and titled in Virginia. (While it wasn't very good for the military, I believe "don't ask, don't tell" is a great policy when it comes to cars like this.)

This is a 1.4 liter XR. Over the years the 206 came with engines ranging from 1.1 liters to 2.0 liters. The 1.4 XR was the best selling model and generally considered to be the best "all around" 206. It gets great gas mileage and has enough power to get out of its own way.

The seller says it ran great until the accident. He believes that 75% of the damage is cosmetic. In order to make this car safe again it will have to be put on a frame machine, if for no other reason than to double check the condition of the unibody. This is not a repair-it-in-your-garage-on-the-weekend project.

Finding the repair parts needed for this car will be impossible in the US. However, they are available from virtually every country not located in North America.

I'd love to see this car back on the road. It won't be an easy or cheap repair, but I hope someone in the US loves Peugeots enough to take it on.

Located in Keller, VA, click here to see the eBay listing.

A number of people sent me the link to this car, including the seller. Thanks to everyone!


Goatfarmer03 said...

Thanks a million JaCG. I would love nothing more than for someone to get this back on the road. I don't have the money to do so (1 income homes in this economy are not fairing well). This is a rare example and I am sure whoever picks it up can put some money into it and have a riot driving it for years to come.

Blair Russell said...

If only I was a multi-millionaire... it is awesome to see this car in the US and hopefully it finds the right home. I'm sure it's awesome to drive.

Anonymous said...

I dont' know why the owner is selling it honestly. That car can easily sell for thousands $15,000 and up at the dealer auctions such as Manheim or Adesa. I actually saw one back in 2009 go for over $16,000+ due to the rarity. I am a mechanic. The car does not have frame damage, mostly the fender, and cosmetic repair indeed, batteries, control arm possibility. I have seen cars much worse shape then that. That car is very rare. So rare, that if restored it makes it a prized possession in the right market. Ebay is the worst place to market this. Best option is Manheim or Adesa etc.

enmotors said...

Both Manheim and Adesa have “strict policies” about gray market cars. Yes, they break them for older vehicles. Not sure if they would for something so new, that may not be able to transfer title in some states. I agree, the damage is light. Mostly cosmetic with light damage to the front suspension. I don’t see obvious frame, but the upper apron may be sway over a little. Looks like a moderate easy fix. The most difficult part would be sourcing the tie rods and fender from overseas. I was bidding on it, but now it is a little higher than I would want to go with the repair cost, transportation and storage. Looks like a bargain right now, but we’ll see where it ends up.

Sean said...

For a collector, this is a sweet find. Agreed with what the previous poster said in terms of repair. But Actually the TIE ROD and FENDERS are easy to find if you know where to look. If you either to go to ebay uk or if you even check out the parts distributors in the US. I also seen a wide number of accessories available in the US on ebay for that car. So, it's not bad. They are willing to ship it to the states. Not that much of a cost. Even with shipping it's not that bad considering these sell for over 4500-5000 british pounds in the uk right now, which is about $8,000+. Then when it comes time to export or have such a vehicle in the US, the transportation costs, titling for US registration, customs, and all these other expenses add up. That's why it's a rarity. For over 50 miles per gallon, its not a bad deal. However, there is a $130 dollar add on available on ebay that legally without harming engine or warranties can make the car produce 62+ miles per gallon. Many people probably don't know about that.

Here look at all this:

That above is just UK

Sean said...

For the US, this is what is also available below for that car

I am watching this auction closely, it may turn out to be an amazing deal considering gas prices nowadays. Rising beyond $3 a gallon. Depends on how much the car is towards the last hour of the auction.

Shoot, I can probably fix it up myself if it's at a reasonable price at the end of the auction and I decide to bid.

There is a list of US areas to get parts as well. Some people specialize in foreign parts so you can get aftermarket through them.

As for the title, the title is clear, the carfax states its clear, so the owner signs it over to the new owner and that's that. it should be Transferable within the US, especially since it already made it into the US as street legal. That was actually the major obstacle. As for inspection, some states are crazy about emissions and inspections.
Ohio I think doesn't really care and other states like that where its mostly suburban. But NJ/NY/California are strict about emissions.

But there are tools:

It's an easy fix. Not too difficult if you have worked a little bit on cars.

Oh, and the reason why it is registered as a Citroen is because Peugeot is Citroen. Here look at this for those that may be confused.

Sean said...

Also, I would make it into a sporty car with some juice, there are turbo kits available on ebay in the US that are made for this vehicle to make this baby 485hp for under $1,000 shipped and you can probably offer them $700-800 and they'll take the offer.

So, with 30 minutes of searching, I came up with all that. If you know where to look, it's a piece of cake, problem is a lot of people just don't know where to begin.

For US parts/distributors here:
Peugeot Motors Of America - 150 Clove Rd # 3, Little Falls, NJ - (973) 812-4444


V & S Peugeot Parts and Service
Welcome to V & S Motor Service and Collision's website. Since 1976, V & S has proudly provided quality automotive service to the Bayside community and its ...
207-20 Northern Boulevard, NY
(718) 423-0511


Broughton Imported Auto Parts
2130 Austin Highway, San Antonio, TX
(210) 655-0241


Revolution Motors, Austin, TX (Texas): VW, Saab, Volvo, Audi, BMW ...
Citroën. Western Hemispheres - New Citroën and Peugeot parts ... AirCheck Texas. The state's headquarters for emissions testing and standards. ... - Cached - Similar
809 Capitol Court, Austin, TX - (512) 453-5050


Peugeot Holm
2120 Maple Hill Road, Plainfield, VT
(802) 454-7132



you know I can keep on going. But this is just to make a point to some that say it's hard to get the parts. Parts are easy to get, the car isn't easy to get. The insurance most likely did not fix the car due to the searching and time involved in getting it done. Probably some lazy individual working for that insurance company not being able to take the time to search.

Anonymous said...

Also, a word of advice for the seller. The vehicle does not have a accident history on it's records, so the clean and clear title should transfer with ease to the buyer when you sign it off to them. However, to make things smoother, you should write a notarized letter saying you are the owner of the car (since # years) and sold the vehicle with its make and model and vin, and stating the mileage in kilometers (with US miles calculation in parenthesis),etc and address it to the party that wins/buys the auction. It makes things easier for others when it comes to transfers and probably saves a lot of headaches when it comes to foreign vehicles. If the title wasn't clear and said accident or salvage, then this vehicle would be harder to register. Since, it is and your name is on it and the record is clear on that VIN, when it is transferred and with minor fix it's back on the road. The mileage should only be listed as to what it was last. I don't know if you can get the battery up a little to see it, but that would be a great thing to do. Also, to get that window up if the battery can be charged a little. Does the title say mileage in Kilometers or miles? The autocheck report does not really specify it but just puts a number. Because if you are not sure, I'd leave it blank so the other party can figure it out with the DMV, or else it would ruin the cars record. Good luck with your sale. These little things can make a big difference in an outcome of an auction. Any pics of the rear trunk or the other sets of rims/tires? Add those too, it would expose it more.

Anonymous said...

Here is the extensive list of U.S. Peugeot parts suppliers!!! said...

If the car was bought back from the insurance company, it will be guaranteed to have some kind of blemish on the title. It may not be salvage, but will at least say insurance accident write off regardless of what ebay carfax states. No way around this once the cops and insurance are called in.

Unknown said...

485 horsepower? From a 1.4 litre engine? Am I delusional?

Anonymous said...

Hi.These are also manufactured in Argentina, there are a lot of these on the road.Over here manufacturing began around 2002.Nowadays 206's are a little diffrent because of restyling (headlights , tailights, hood etc)only cosmetic changes.There are a lot of new spare parts over here, lots.Important: the 206 XR 1.4 needs at least 95 octane fuel to run properly(maximum compression and torque).Greetings from Argentina!