Help! Damaged Dahon Antique folder, purchased online...
Ok, I lurked around this forum when I was initially looking to purchase a folder for better transportation around campus. I purchased a Dahon antique (1986?) on eBay used and received it this morning. To my dismay, the left-side lower front fork is completely destroyed. Not only is it bent slightly to one side, it's bent in like a banana peel.
I've already contacted the seller and am waiting for her response on the matter, but frankly as a busy university student I'm thinking that it's likely that I will not have the time to ship this thing back. And regardless of what she says, I believe that is it her fault as the buyer for not shipping the bike correctly. I'm not even sure if it was damaged during shipping or before because I just don't see how this could happen when it was contained inside a box. It was shipped via Fedex Ground in a large box with tons of hard paper-packaging, and there was no damage to the box upon inspection of the exterior.
So my question to you folks is if this bike is indeed beyond repair? Yes, I realize it'll never be like it is new, but is it in any way salvageable despite what you see in the pictures? I know it's simply a bad idea to try to bend this thing back into shape and expect it to work, but frankly, that's about the only option I'm considering before I'm stuck with a non-function bike in my already cramped living space.