What does "Salvage history reported" mean exactly? Is the car not worth buying?


Asked by May 22, 2017 at 04:46 PM

Question type: General

9 Answers


It means do not buy it!

12 people found this helpful.

it means the car was deemed non repairable by the insurance company, but has been fixed and retitled for resale. if it was repaired correctly and you can get a good deal it would be worth buying. take it to a reputable shop and let them do a full inspection. its cheaper to pay an inspection fee than a bunch of unknown repair bills after the purchase of the vehicle

35 people found this helpful.

Ok so it's definitely been wrecked then. I heard it could also be from a police seize ? It's a good deal but I don't want to mess around and the car is out of state , to much hassle. Appreciate your feedback.

7 people found this helpful.

Wrecked, flood, recovered theft, hail damage, fire, vandalism, etc. can all deem a vehicle a salvage vehicle. If the insurance company totals it, for whatever reason, it becomes a salvage title vehicle. If someone buys it, fixes it up, and has a motor vehicle inspection performed the vehicle will then have a rebuilt title attached to it for the rest of it's life. Now if this is an older model that wasn't worth much, a minor fender bender will cause the insurance company to total the vehicle. Generally speaking though it's best to stay away from such a vehicle. HTH. -Jim

39 people found this helpful.
Best Answer Mark helpful

I Bought a Ford F-150 1977 when I was just in high school and it had a salvage title on it and I put another million miles on it with only a transmission and of course the norm-Brakes,Oh and for some odd reason the horn-Big deal-But like I said it was a 1977 todays cars and trucks are made to throw away

6 people found this helpful.

Oh by the way it was a four wheel drive and I drove it like I stole it all the time- 2 speeding tickets in one day on the same road

1 people found this helpful.

I bought a Saturn Astra with 26k on it, still have it with 55k , no problems at all. Not sure how you actually can find out the story behind a salvage title, but it could be a repo that was sitting in a garage eith no issues. If you pay for a Carfax will that give a background detail?

9 people found this helpful.

or it could be crap

4 people found this helpful.

A brand new car can be crap straight out the factory a salvaged vehicle if repaired properly will be in better condition especially if you have the bumper rebuild better than it was originally like I did

6 people found this helpful.

Your Answer:


General Experts

  • #1
  • #2
  • #3
View All

Find great deals from top-rated dealersTM


Content submitted by Users is not endorsed by CarGurus, does not express the opinions of CarGurus, and should not be considered reviewed, screened, or approved by CarGurus. Please refer to CarGurus Terms of Use. Content will be removed if CarGurus becomes aware that it violates our policies.