The Veloster N has become quite a sensation in the U.S. Market as it has competed so well in the pro racing circuit and has been continually put against the Civic Type R and other high performance cars in its class in top brand magazines and YouTube channels. That being said, for the price the car is the best bang for the buck in terms of a new track ready car off the dealership lot.
I’ve always wanted a Veloster but wasn’t willing to buy one because, I’m a frugal guy; I like to save money where I can. In the search for savings finding a used Veloster N would be the next best option but, I decided to take another route instead. Buy a crashed Veloster N at auction and build a car that I can drive and track for the weekend, so here we go.
The search for a less than Perfect Veloster N
If you look at online auctions there are quite a few Veloster N’s that have been totaled, due to repairs exceeding the value of the car. Some of that damage generally lies with some area of the frame being bent or destroyed. While others require so many parts combined with labor costs that it would be too expensive to fix. With this in mind, I looked for a Veloster N that was totaled more because of labor costs than parts, since I will be re-building the car the labor would be free.
My next goal was be sure the car was local to my area, transportation costs always kill any budget and to keep the costs down I need to pick up the car myself. With those constraints in mind, I found a White Hyundai Veloster N that was totaled due to front end damage. I looked at the car to make sure it startedand that was enough for me to decide that it was the right car for the re-build.
The beginning of the Project
With the car found, I bought it which after auction fees wasn’t as cheap as I would like but, definitely less than a new N from the dealer. I had the car loaded to my trailer and towed it home so I can go over the car thoroughly and decide what can be saved or scrapped. To be continued.