Buying a Salvage Car

Buying salvage cars is not for everyone, but if you want to put a little time into it, you can really get a great deal on a high-end car. Think of it like buying a fixer-upper home. The home may be in the perfect location and the right size, but needs a kitchen remodel and an upgrade to the landscape. If you are handy with tools, you can give it a go yourself and in time you will get it looking really nice. You could also higher a few contractors and have it in tip-top condition before you even move in.

Salvage cars work the same way. You may not be able to afford a brand new Lexus SUV, but you can a salvage title Lexus. If you look for a vehicle that has mainly body damage and minor engine repair, after a few days at the shop, you could have a vehicle in tip-top shape.

Maybe you are the do-it-yourselfer. Then salvage title cars are just for you. You can get excellent deals on cars and feed your addiction to cars by fixing it up. You can even get parts from your dealer or from a local salvage yard.

Can you get it re-titled?

Yes, each state has its own salvage car rules and regulation. Check with your local DMV for the process to re-title your salvage car.

Things to Look for when Buying Salvage Cars

Obviously the less damaged the car is the easier it will be to fix, however, the more expensive it will be. You want to look for vehicles with body damage and preferably in the backend. Do note, that any car that has been in an accident will most likely need engine repair. The jolt from the impact often shakes parts loose and possibly damages them.

Often you will find repo or theft recovery vehicles. These are good deals since the damage on them can be very minimal.

In any event, a salvage car can allow you to buy a luxury or exotic car at the price of a used Honda, but buyers beware. You will have to invest in repairs, and just like remolding a house, you can run into unexpected problems.