salvage cars bad?
I see a salvage title vehicle I like. The seller said the driver's front quarter panel
and front bumper were replaced. No frame damage. I will fly to the location and
find a body shop to inspect the vehicle. Does that sound a reasonable plan, or
am I making a big mistake? I would save about $12,000 dollars buying a
salvage title, low mileage vehicle. I live in Texas...
The vehicle has to be inspected after the repair by the state and get a rebuilt title before you can get a tag or insurance on the vehicle.
This is just my opinion, but I would never buy a salvage or rebuilt vehicle, you just never know if there are any hidden stress cracks that won't rear thier ugly until miles down the road, then something like a control arm mount shears of at 65mph, then what? SCARRY
I guess a trip to the body shop is in order before I buy it. That's the best due diligence effort I could make. I see your point. Do you think they might be able to check the integrity of the suspension adequately somehow? if so, what should I ask for?
By the way, it has a "Restore/Salvage" Title and has passed inspection since the repair. I am not sure how helpful that is or how thoroughly they inspect a vehicle to pass.
If your determined to do this then tell them that the title is branded that, then hopefully they will be looking for anything out of specs, like: dog walking, vehicle height normal form on side to the other and front to rear, panel matching, etc. They know what to look for if the shop is certified. Remember salvage vehicles loose value really fast usually you can't ever get rid of one. Once you buy it it's yours until it falls apart or scrapped out. Good Luck.
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