The junked-up jalopy purveyors at Insurance Auto Auctions have more than their fair share of trucks, SUVs, and Jeeps that are bound for either a savior or a scrapyard. Young or old, well-traveled or barely driven, it matters not; all that matters is the ID number, the auction date, and at what price to start the bidding.
However, we like to think that each and every one of the thousands of vehicles we run across tells a story. Take this 2007 Toyota FJ Cruiser, for example. Beaten and blue in appearance, the SUV was more than just a grocery getter if the oversized off-road tires are any indication; this was once someone’s dear companion in exploring where the pavement ends.
Assuming that the Yota was indeed owned and operated in North Carolina (judging by the Fayetteville lot where it currently resides), it’s plausible that it got to see a good portion of the Tar Heel state before its untimely demise. Spots like the Devil’s Playground and Brown Mountain are some of the more popular areas to venture through, and would have given the FJ plenty of space to test its mettle.
As fate would have it, however, a rollover crash has brought this blue box to rest until judgement day, with over 100,000 miles on the clock and potentially many more if the next owner decides to repair everything. Based on looks and scant information on the insurance report, it should just be the front end and windshield; the engine still starts and the airbags never deployed, so there’s that too.
Would you give this FJ another shot at four-wheeling fun? Or pass it up for a different prospect? Give us your two cents in the comments below.