Originally Posted by REX_111_MDG_BMET
The car is cheap enough, so I'll probably just pay cash for it.
Anything in the way of what to look for (as far as VINs not matching, any signs that it was stolen, etc.) would be great. Just wondering if there may be any dead giveaways as to why it would be salvaged. I'm not incredibly mechanically inclined, but I can figure out a few things.
I asked him if there's anything to watch out for when buying a car with a salvaged title and he said there's not really. If the car has been retitled as a salvaged title, it should have already gone through the proper channels, been reinspected and ready for road use again. If the shop you're buying from switched VIN's or stolen parts to make the car run, there's really not much you can do since you wouldn't know. Apparently most of the cars he brings to work every day have been salvage titled cars (I never even knew that). The only issue he's run into is with insurance in the event he's gotten into an accident. He said he's had to fight with the insurance company because they didn't want to give him money for the car since it was a salvaged title. He was able to get them to pay up by stating since they didn't give a discount for buying insurance on a salvaged title, they should cover the claim as if it was a normal titled car. If you buy it cheap enough and aren't carrying collision insurance anyways, that may not be an issue for you.