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


Asked by May 22, 2017 at 04:46 PM

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It means do not buy it!

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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

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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.

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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

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