Is Buying a Salvaged Title Car a Good Deal?



There are many reasons a car can earn a salvage title. Today we talk pros and cons of buying a salvage car, and if it’s worth the savings. Remember there are many factors that play into this choice.

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  • Yes stage accident no insurance even better they can't go after u

    Denise Quinehan June 22, 2020 11:33 pm Reply
  • Someone helppp…. I’m interested in a salvage title 2007 Mazda6, the seller says they have had it for a year and no issues at all and everything works well, no body flaws or interior flaws…but I’m not sure if I should risk it?? Helpp

    Yesenia Delgado June 22, 2020 11:33 pm Reply
  • Would you be able to do a Touareg good and bad years

    Grimm of the forest June 22, 2020 11:33 pm Reply
  • What about undercarriage damage

    MonkeyBoi Da Great June 22, 2020 11:33 pm Reply
  • So basically I should run away from a branded title truck which also was a lemon which currently is listed at $50K

    Doc June 22, 2020 11:33 pm Reply
  • Just dnt tell the insurance

    Jake Speakman June 22, 2020 11:33 pm Reply
  • What's up with all the lube on your tool box? You must be a very kind mechanic, I've never been offered lube when getting screwed by a mechanic.. or maybe its for when the Snap-on sales rep comes by.. ?

    Bobby Robertson June 22, 2020 11:33 pm Reply
  • Excellent video, thank you! Especially the warning about insurance possibly not covering the vehicle. I am looking at a salvage vehicle with only 396 miles on it, selling for about $27K.

    Stephen Schmid June 22, 2020 11:33 pm Reply
  • Why is your beard hair grey only at the left bottom part of you lip?

    Jacob & Barbara Bartlett June 22, 2020 11:33 pm Reply
  • It’s all relevant to the price of the car if you pay $10,000 for a $30,000 car you put up with more flaws.

    wreckdiver61 June 22, 2020 11:33 pm Reply
  • So the moral of the story is buy the newest best quality used car from a private seller you can afford and you're better off than from an auction.

    Marty Fowler June 22, 2020 11:33 pm Reply
  • I won't touch a vehicle with branded title unless I'm buying it for spare parts

    Dapper Dan June 22, 2020 11:33 pm Reply
  • I was told at least in California a salvage title CAN be removed IF the car is inspected and all parts are brought into spec….I don't know for a fact that is true but I have heard that multiple times….but for a cheap car? WHO CARES?

    Dougie Quick June 22, 2020 11:33 pm Reply
  • I would not allow someone to "take the car to a professional" …ya know? I'm selling a salvage title car? The Price is going to be reduced…bring your "professional" with you or SHOVE OFF ….LOL …SERIOUSLY??

    Dougie Quick June 22, 2020 11:33 pm Reply
  • I had a good experience buying a salvage title car but I credit that to a cousin of mine who knows mechanical and body work checked the vehicle out for me. Plus, my cousin did work for that dealer in his auto body section and knew him personally. The car itself was not wrecked but was salvaged because it was a stolen vehicle. I saved several thousand off what the car retailed for at the time. I still drive it. Has been a great car for me.

    Ab Dul June 22, 2020 11:33 pm Reply
  • #1 be very Leary buying a salvage title from Russian/eastern European/Arab/foreigner. I’m not being racist, this is A known fact that foreigners do a TERRIBLE PISS POOR job and vehicle is liable to break apart while you’re driving! Or transmission will go out a week later. You’ll find out hard way if you don’t believe me.

    That’s NOT true about salvage title having no value! That sounds like your personal opinion,NOT reality!

    Buy from the actual rebuilder himself, ask to see before pics. Some rebuilders keep them while others don’t. You can always google the vin # and see them online while at insurance salvage yard.

    I bought an Oregon salvage title Ford Exploder for $800 that got Into another accident in wA after snowfall. So much for salvage title not having any Value! The Oregon rebuilder was a body shop who did an awesome job repairing. I’ve always liked explorers & would Have kept this low miles one but it was Stick & clutch pressure waayyy too stiff. Lotsa ppl liked it & wanted, just didn’t have the $$$
    Ended up selling to a couple then sometime later-1-2 yrs I saw DUI written on window. In my opinion with how stiff the clutch was, it would been hard For me to drive intoxicated. No problem if automatic. But I don’t take those chances Anymore.

    Also when taking vehicle in for pre buy inspection, new car dealers & auto repair shops all have a dim view of salvage and will find all kinda nit picky stuff wrong. They can be total jerks. It would be better in my opinion to take vehicle to a body shop to check if shoddy workmanship or perfectionist, because the typical vehicle has been in an accident and rebuilder has fixed the damage. The rebuilders that I know are auto body man as profession, not mechanics. Some mechanical repairs they do and others they bring to trusted shop that they know won’t rip me off.

    Ephedrine Shipped2u June 22, 2020 11:33 pm Reply
  • You actually did a pretty decent job on this. We bought a salvage title 2014 VW GLI that had been in a pretty minor accident (confirmed by an inspection at reputable body shop). Because the car had like 10 airbags, it easily drove the repair past 65% (the new number some insurance companies are using, by the way). It was a fantastic car…until it was totaled. At that point, you could get really screwed. It worked out fine for us, but therein lies the risk. We bought a car valued at $19k for $11,7k. It could well be worth the risk unless you need to sell it or get a bad judgement after a total.

    Hans Schweikert June 22, 2020 11:33 pm Reply
  • What is the fascination to the long beards? If I'm working on something in a confined space, or really anywhere, all that loose hair is just a liability waiting to cause an injury. The unkempt untrimmed beards seem more of a statement than a personal preference. But statement on what? Is there a difference between a trimmed beard and an untrimmed one as to what it is supposed to mean? Please explain. And have a blessed day.

    happysawfish June 22, 2020 11:33 pm Reply
  • I got an 06 Honda accord exl v6 salvaged for 3 grand. It got rear ended. Trunk and bumper replaced. Big deal. Never should have been salvaged to begin with. Put a new used motor in it with 70 k on it. I have had it over a year so far with zero issues. Southern car with no rust. I will drive this car for many years to come. Great deal 🙂

    hardasnails64 June 22, 2020 11:33 pm Reply
  • Not true on salvage having no value. Bank will give loan on percentage of real value of salvage titled vehicle. I’ve bought fixed and sold. USAA covers just as any other vehicle with same coverages at no difference in premium.

    Colt Randles June 22, 2020 11:33 pm Reply
  • I have found a 2016 GMC Denali Diesel. Looks really straight. It has a salvaged title. The lot is asking $39,000 with 32k miles on it…. Deal or no Deal?

    Michael Duree June 22, 2020 11:33 pm Reply
  • 2011 BMW 335ix salvage and it needs a new motor, for sale for 4500 is that a good deal or bad deal??

    279 ft June 22, 2020 11:33 pm Reply
  • I put 200,000 mi on my salvaged tacoma..

    Dave Davis June 22, 2020 11:33 pm Reply
  • What would your opinion be on a a salvage title on a 2016 Infiniti Q50 RS w 32k miles . Flood damage that was at most to the brim of the seats.

    Supreme Crypto June 22, 2020 11:33 pm Reply
  • I was never able to afford a vehicle with AC until I got introduced to salvage vehicles, and now I have a very nice F-150 which is Salvage I fixed it myself, it looked very bad when I bought it from Copart but after I started fixing it and I measured the frame it was perfect it was not out of square so I change the bed and got it registered it's been the best truck I ever have bought, and I bought a Outback with a simple little front end damage all I have to do is replace the radiator support and of course bumper hood and fenders all cosmetic stuff

    alex chukhreyev June 22, 2020 11:33 pm Reply
  • What about a 2008 Jeep Wrangler, has 70k miles for $15k. And has salvage title

    ONLY1BEAST 700 June 22, 2020 11:33 pm Reply
  • What about buying a theft reported history vehicle? Is it worth it?

    Eternal June 22, 2020 11:33 pm Reply
  • surprised nobody mentioned this, but just pop the VIN into Google and you'll likely see the original salvage auction with photos of the damaged vehicle. you can decide for yourself where to go from there.

    oldtwins na June 22, 2020 11:33 pm Reply
  • i found a s title honda s2k for little under $9k with 140k miles. should i take the risk ?

    (-_-)t June 22, 2020 11:33 pm Reply
  • Shave your stupid fucking beard please.

    Covenant Lazarus June 22, 2020 11:33 pm Reply
  • To be honest, I’d rather buy for example. A Honda Accord 2007 with 60k miles that holds a clean title rather than one that has 25k that is salvaged.

    CEstrada650 June 22, 2020 11:33 pm Reply
  • I have seen automobiles with only 10 percent of damage. Like a rear end damaged, trunk area. The insurance company has totaled this vehicle. Could not meet factory standards. So sold as salvage auction. Thanks

    Slawko Wegrzyn June 22, 2020 11:33 pm Reply
  • Thank you car guru guy!!! Much appreciated!!! Nice beard!!🎅🎅🎅🎅

    Proffesor Dick June 22, 2020 11:33 pm Reply
  • Not all cars that are Salvaged are flooded most are from collisions

    Silent_wraith June 22, 2020 11:33 pm Reply
  • How about manufacturing buy back

    The Sourdough Bread Man June 22, 2020 11:33 pm Reply
  • Only Buy IF You Are The End User. I Got a Salvage Vehicle From an Insurance Auction With a "Clean Title" Only to Have The Title Bastardized Upon Registration.

    Rogue Ranger June 22, 2020 11:33 pm Reply
  • Flood cars are not necessarily bad. If water even gets to just the floorboards the insurance company will salvage it. You have to personally check the car out to see what water damage has been done. If it was submerged, stay away for sure. Just be smart

    Will Hydro June 22, 2020 11:33 pm Reply
  • Thank you very informative m/

    Daniel Enriquez June 22, 2020 11:33 pm Reply
  • i would run from any flood salvage vehicle, especially salt water floods, the salt nearly immediately corrodes the electronics so expect tons of expensive electrical faults plus potential mold issues on plastics and soft parts

    William Readon June 22, 2020 11:33 pm Reply
  • I have a question. 2017 Nissan Altima. Has no title….has no frame damage, however was in a minor fender bender.(grill needs replaced). Vehicle has 55k mileage. Guy is asking for $3500. Would you do this deal? I looked up grill price…and it is roughly $200.

    chris vance June 22, 2020 11:33 pm Reply

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