Don't Ever Buy a Rebuilt Salvage Vehicle! Ep. 5.290

Why you should never buy a rebuilt salvage vehicle. EVER.
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  • I believe you left out some context in this video. A car can have a salvage title with damages such as the trunk for example. Let’s say this car was a 2015 Honda Civic with about 30k miles with that type of damages why not invest in it? A body man can professional repair it and that car would definitely be good to go. You right about the flood part but it should always come down to the seller being honest what procedures he or she did before listing that car up for sale.

    E SE SСарын өмнө
  • The Werefrog bought a salvage title 9 years ago, and that car still runs perfectly. The alignment might be a bit off, but it was in a second accident 6 years ago.

    The WerefrogThe WerefrogСарын өмнө
  • I've rebuilt cars full time for the past 40 years and nobody's ever had a problem, but you can go buy a new one if you like because there wouldn't be used cars if nobody ever bought new ones, and if a car is a flood car it will say Flood on the title that i would stay away from.

    Pete BenningtonPete BenningtonСарын өмнө
  • thank you for this informative information it helps alot

    kamal abbadykamal abbadyСарын өмнө
  • Ok you made my argument for the exception in the open. Now I can just listen in Peace. BTW I have boughten a few salvage title vehicles over the years, while they were still wrecks. Put them back together with no plan to ever sell them. But to be my daily driver or toy. Almost all hit the salvage yard after I was thru with them.

    Tula Toilet and Septic LLCTula Toilet and Septic LLC2 сарын өмнө
  • Good advice. Average persons should avoid salvage title vehicles and rebuilt salvage title vehicles. End of discussion.

    James WilliamsJames Williams2 сарын өмнө
  • You have no idea what you're talking about man.

    Speak UpSpeak Up2 сарын өмнө
  • you could say most of these things about buying any used car. You don't know what issues they have before you leave the dealer lot and/or seller's house. Most car buyers wont go under the car and make sure their arent major leaks, all components arent broken, etc.

    TroyTroy2 сарын өмнө
  • I bought a salvage 2006 Honda Element with 180k miles on it for $2500 and 4 years later with over 210k miles and it’s still running like a champ. Best car I’ve ever had by far!

    Big DreBig Dre2 сарын өмнө
    • Andre Green I have a question

      Anthony HuewittAnthony HuewittСарын өмнө
  • I’m glad I watched this

    Daniel USADaniel USA2 сарын өмнө
  • lol if everything checks out on a rebuilt car except for the fact that it is "rebuilt" is NOT the same thing as a dead horse, the car equivalent to a dead horse would be a car with no engine or a destroyed transmission and that certainly wouldn't "check out"

    Unlimited EditionUnlimited Edition3 сарын өмнө
  • Iam a first time car buyer iam soooo glad u told me how things work with rebuild titles and especially with insurance companies and rebuild titles

    paco 200paco 2003 сарын өмнө
  • Steve thank you for this video i was going to buy a rebuild car from this guy and u convinced me not too thank you for the info

    paco 200paco 2003 сарын өмнө
  • If you're going to buy a salvage title car, at least buy from a reputable person. My family has bought 8 rebuilt cars over the last 15 years from the same guy, who also offers a 3 year warranty on them. His good reputation is known in the area, and when I sold one of them privately the buyer stated that, had our car guy not done the work, he would not have bought it off of me. We've also paid about 2/3 of KBB for each of these 8 cars. Though our experience has been very positive, you definitely need to be careful if you're going to do it. It is very much a mixed bag - you really could get the deal of a lifetime, or get screwed royally. Be careful! Oh and if it's a flood car just don't do it - with all the modern electronics they are never right again, and it often takes a few months for the issues to appear.

    Dennster2005Dennster20053 сарын өмнө
  • I bought a Firebird salvage that got hit in the boat. It had frame damage, all behind the rear axel. It had no drivetrain damage. I drove it for 3-4 years and sold it to my son. In Ohio you can drive the car to the inspection site as long as you have bought the inspection receipt and you are going to or from the inspection only.

    Tom SkaggsTom Skaggs3 сарын өмнө
  • Hey Steve , I have a Toyota with 234,000 miles . I would bet your explorer won't do that .

    ssn0651ssn06513 сарын өмнө
    • ssn0651 I bet it will and it won’t be rusted out when it gets there

      Ronin KrautRonin KrautСарын өмнө
  • I live in Rhode Island. When you purchase a salvaged vehicle, and rebuild it, the vehicle must pass the VIN check as well as the Rhode Island Safety and Emissions testing, and is inspected by the state garage, not an inspection station, the first time. As long as it passes the initial 2 inspections, it then must be safety inspected every other year.

    Keith StudleyKeith Studley3 сарын өмнө
  • Where I live. Cars are inspected for safety when they are sold. The car doesn't have to run to pass. Just has to be road worthy.

    Eric ChurchEric Church3 сарын өмнө
  • Early last year I bought a '08 Honda Civic with a 5 speed that has a salvage title. It was hit in the rear corner 9 years ago and you can't tell by looking at it. It only has 130,000 miles and it runs great. I only paid $4,300 and its my favorite car Ive ever driven. Sure these salvage cars can be sketchy, but I asked a lot of questions, test drove it and I am happy to have bought it.

    Nate DavisNate Davis4 сарын өмнө
  • Good vid. Just wanted to add. Insurance claims pays up to 75% of kbb value on reconstructed/salvage title automobiles (at least in NW region). If you find a good deal and your friend mechanic inspects it and both like it, always ask for the original damage photos. If the seller has none, walk away.

    Igor EzerskyIgor Ezersky4 сарын өмнө
  • Being salvaged is a percentage of damage on the vehicles worth. HID headlights and front clip damage can send most cars on the road into totaled status...as cars age the likelihood of being totaled goes up. Cars are component machines, anything not considered frame is replaceable..but we all live in our perceived reality.

    Deon MillerDeon Miller5 сарын өмнө
  • My husband bought a Nissan Rogue from a friend who sells salvaged cars and rebuilds them. It ran k for a few months but then had a huge problem with the rear of the vehicle that is very uncommon. We did end up getting it repaired, but like you said you’re taking a chance. Now after hearing about the problem of reselling it, wish that we’d just spent an extra couple of thousands and got a new vehicle even though we’d be up to our ears in payments. We are older and on SS, and just hope it doesn’t fail before we die!

    Rosemarie KuryRosemarie Kury5 сарын өмнө
    • Rosemarie Kury just get a good mechanic to inspect it and you will be good. Just use that mechanic as your go to

      Kris SKris S4 сарын өмнө
  • so what about clean salvage?

    Mahesh PersaudMahesh Persaud6 сарын өмнө
  • This is a mixed bag topic in my opinion. There are shops that truly repair a car 99%. test all systems, etc. even give warranty of their work. But sadly the majority of shops just want to do a quick fix and get their money for least amount of effort. If you personally know the mechanic, then by your relationship they will try extra hard to make sure things are correct. But as Steve said in the video, you should know what your getting yourself into. I have bought and salvaged cars plenty of times, and yes, not all repairs are 100% but I was fine with that trade off for the financial discount.

    KlasniedrygKlasniedryg7 сарын өмнө
  • I'll agree with you on that Steve. Never buy a car with a rebuilt salvage title. I knew a guy who took two wrecked cars and for a bet, cut them in half and welded the good halves back together and got it running and drove it. Was it done well. Probably not. Was he a mechanic. No. Did he do everything correctly. Probably not. Don't do it. Listen to Steve. By the way, that welded together car you mentioned wasn't a Grand Torino, was it? Take care. Jpol.

    J PolJ Pol7 сарын өмнө
  • I will never ever buy a salvage titled vehicle unless I’m buying it as a parts car.

    ATX-CVPIATX-CVPI8 сарын өмнө
    • My SUV had door dented bad - no frame damage and is now due to painting costs(match whole side) a Salvage. Getting the money from Insurance(for replacement of vehicle $3K))-replace door from Junk yard(under$100).

      Mark E.Mark E.5 сарын өмнө
  • I purchased a 2014 VW GLI in California from a dealer here. The car originated in AZ, with a short stint in NM. After I purchased the car I noticed the front and rear windshields were non OEM replacements and the front grill fitment wasn't good so the engine bay gets really dirty. I have read about unscrupulous dealers moving salvage cars between states to "wash the tiltle" clean. If I purchased the car with 50K but learn after the fact the title was washed can I get my money back from the original sale for fraud. How do I check a salvage title? Insurance sale? Out of state records? Not assuming the worst, but curious.

    Brian MccormickBrian Mccormick8 сарын өмнө
    • Brian Mccormick I had a cousin that had found out when he tried to trade in his car that it had a salvage title. The dodge dealer that sold it to him stated it was a clean title. Long story short he sued and won. They took the car back and refunded his money. He had the car for a couple of years too.

      EASTBAY IVXXEASTBAY IVXX5 сарын өмнө
  • agreed...I will Never buy a Salvaged Title Car.....ever!....heard of too many money nightmare stories from other people....not worth the risk!

    White KitaWhite Kita9 сарын өмнө
  • I've had more problems with cars I bought new from a dealer than I ever had from the salvage titled cars I've had!

    John MaleticJohn Maletic9 сарын өмнө
  • Back in the mid 80s, the shop I worked at used to buy totaled Subarus. We would weld the front of one to the back of another. The owner would sell them out in front as his daughter's college car. No salvage titles back then.

    Roy FrenchRoy French9 сарын өмнө
  • I was going to subscribe but you don't respect people enough to respond to any questions. I'm glad I spoke with a real attorney

    miss kittymiss kitty9 сарын өмнө
    • my my, are'nt you high n mighty

      Nat LNat L8 сарын өмнө
    • @Anon Mason lol he responded didn't he? Stay in your own lane

      miss kittymiss kitty9 сарын өмнө
    • Why do people think they deserve attention over anyone else in the list of 63,000 subscribers? Who are these entitled people and where do they come from?

      Anon MasonAnon Mason9 сарын өмнө
    • All I do for the first hour of every day when I get up is answer questions here. All day long I answer questions in my office. I also read every email sent to me (which is in the hundreds daily). But you got me with that "real attorney" dig. OUCH!

      Steve LehtoSteve Lehto9 сарын өмнө
  • >>and the infotainment system is now in кириллик. At this point I just lost it.

    a4ystera4yster9 сарын өмнө
    • Не плохо 😂

      Alex LAlex L5 сарын өмнө
  • Great video Steve! My GF was looking on craigslist for cars, she found a "great deal" on a salvage title and thankfully asked me. I said, "Well for someone like me who's daily driver cost under a grand, it might be worth it, for you... not a freaking chance!"

    vbrtrmnvbrtrmn9 сарын өмнө
  • I looked at a late model Mercedes Benz last year that was listed on carfax as having “minor damage to right rear. Repaired” I took the car to my mechanic who put it on the lift and said the rear damage was “severe” and was not repaired correctly and was unsafe. That was before he told me that every system in the car was leaking fluids. Even if the car was listed on carfax as “light damage” it may have been a lot worse than indicated and just fixed cheaply. He did an estimate and to fix the body as well as the mechanical stuff it was almost a third more than the asking price of the car! To get the lowdown on why every car needs an inspection got to legitstreetcars on MNproject. Thanks Steve! You’re great!

    vintagehaynesflutevintagehaynesflute10 сарын өмнө
  • I often wonder how a custom body shop goes to the wrecking yard, buys a '60's muscle car for 2k - 3K invests about 20 to 30 K then takes it to Barret Jackson and sells the darn thing for 120K. The question is does that car have a salvage title.

    James ReedJames Reed10 сарын өмнө
    • Youre way off. A 120k car has to be pretty special. 1 of 10 or something. Youre average muscle car with base v8 and nothing too special is 10 to 15k max. Barret jackson makes cars seem worth more than they are.

      Josh PJosh P8 сарын өмнө
  • I got two salvage vehicles, that I purchased back for 500 each from my insurance company. I keep vehicles until they total die.

    Harry GasserHarry Gasser10 сарын өмнө
  • There is a guy on youtube. Kilmer. He says the same thing. If it's a rebuilt car, just run away

    Moln0015Moln001510 сарын өмнө
  • $100 between 2 cars on left. Heaven forbid it's a rebuilt Toyota

    Moln0015Moln001510 сарын өмнө
  • Steve, in all the years I worked in retail shops I always felt bad for those who bought a rebuilt salvage vehicle. Here in California they are required to pass a certified brake and lamp inspection to get a title. These are usually handled by private garages similar to those who do smog inspections. I guess if the car stops and can be seen at night, that's good enough for the state. Sadly, most of my customers who owned a rebuilt salvage car are those on a limited income who can't afford to buy anything else and are unable to get financed for a better car. They spend their last dime on a car from someone who promised them the car is a reliable road worthy automobile. It breaks my heart when I have to tell them the car is as unsafe as it is unreliable. I can't believe anyone with a heart would sell something like that to a family struggling to make ends meet. But it happens all the time. And try suing someone who has sold a rebuilt salvage vehicle to an unwitting customer. It would be nearly impossible to prove the seller deliberately sold an unreliable car. As you pointed out in a prior video, used cars are sold as is. You buy it, you own it; end of story.

    Your Pocket MechanicYour Pocket Mechanic10 сарын өмнө
  • My wife refers to me as salvage.

    Scott in MNScott in MN10 сарын өмнө
  • I agree you need to know what your doing to buy one of these cars. The problem is most people are idiots. They think they know what their doing, but have know clue. They see a vehicle that makes them feel Good, all they Questions go out the window becouse they see themselves behind the wheel and the car in their driveway.

    IGOTAJOP AmericaIGOTAJOP America10 сарын өмнө
  • A female friend of mine just bought a car... Couldn't believe she got such good deal on a 2017 Honda civic... Then I found out it was a rebuilt salvage.. Smdh, waiting for it to blow up.

    c ac a10 сарын өмнө
  • The process for obtaining a "rebuilt" title in Ohio is very similar. I've personally bought 2 salvage vehicles in the past 5 years, both are early 2000s GM pickups that were theft recoveries. 1 had no body or frame damage, but, needed an engine because the thief blew it up during the pursuit. The other ran/drove fine, but, had some obvious, though minor, damage to the bed and cab. While I'm not certified, I am a pretty fair mechanic, so, changing engines is no problem for me. However, I'm not a body man. That being the case, I took a trusted friend, who owns a body shop, with me to look at both trucks just to make sure that there wasn't any serious damage that I couldn't see. He said they were good, other than the obvious sheet metal damage on the 2nd truck. I bought a crate engine for the first truck, got it inspected and was soon issued a rebuilt title. For the 2nd one, I bought a "southern" bed and drivers side door, then, had my friend repair the other damage on the cab, luckily, the truck is white, so the only paint required was the metal work he did. I got that one inspected and received another rebuilt title. I bought both of them for around $3000 each and both had very low miles. The only reason we can come up with for them being salvage is their age. I actually have more money in the first one that needed an engine. I didn't buy either one to flip, but, I actually did trade the first one to my friend in exchange for a beautiful paint job on another vehicle. He's still driving that one daily and my entire family uses the 2nd one regularly. There have been no issues with either one. The key is, as you said, know what you're looking at.

    Mike BrownMike Brown10 сарын өмнө
  • Someone probably got a steal on this at one point. I was driving my motorcycle, came over a hill in a 65 and found a car stopped in the road. Being a new rider I ended up lowsiding the bike which then hit the 95 Camry stopped in the road. The only damage to the car was a crack in the fender and a gash in the trunk floorboard from the break pedal of the bike. Insurance put me at fault, but totalled their car as the value of the car was less than the value of the work to fix the trunk floorboard.

    John DoeJohn Doe10 сарын өмнө
  • I'm not sure I totally agree with you Steve anytime you buy any car regardless and whether it has a rebuilt title you have a responsibility to check out fully whether it is worthy there's plenty other scams with purchasing a car don't involve a salvage title that are more serious, however this is a very good video

    shelby wingershelby winger10 сарын өмнө
  • My story about buying a salvage vehicle: I was buying a used Geo Metro. Just before I signed, the dealer stopped me and asked me to wait, then took the title and left the office. She came back with a manager. She had noticed that the title showed about a thousand MORE miles on the odometer than the car's odometer showed. The manager asked me to hold off buying while they investigated it. I got the VIN and looked it up the next day and saw that the car was declared salvage. I looked up the value on a salvage vehicle of that type and it was about a third of what I had been ready to pay. The next day the dealer called back and they didn't mention it was a salvage vehicle (though I'm sure by then they knew) but rather said that the odometer reading wasn't accurate and offered to take about 25% off the price. I replied that I wasn't willing to pay that much and the dealer asked me how much I was willing to pay. I replied with the salvage value and they accepted instantly, which worried me a little. Anyway I bought it and other than replacing the alternator (which I did myself, that car was ridiculously easy to work on) we got a lot of use out of it over the next few years and never had a single problem. I looked the car over very well and could never figure out why it was declared salvage. When I sold it I told the buyer it was a salvage title and they were fine with it. I sold it for the same amount I paid for it. With what I know now I wouldn't buy another salvage vehicle, but that time really I lucked out.

    Paul HPaul H10 сарын өмнө
    • Geo Metro

      Robert BelluchiRobert Belluchi3 сарын өмнө
  • We have people here in FL trying to sell Rebuilt branded title cars at full price and they sit for sale for a long time..I would never buy one as I know it's a poor investment for any future resale..Now If I was to know I would keep the car forever and ever and it was dirt cheap then maybe I would buy it but boy would it have to be DIRT cheap!! Crazy some trying to get top dollar for a branded title!!

    Chris ReedChris Reed10 сарын өмнө
  • You need to get a Drew & Mike coffee mug to put on dislpay.

    D1 Big ShifterD1 Big Shifter10 сарын өмнө
  • Progressive and GEICO and State Farm will insure a rebuilt title.

    Chris LemasterChris Lemaster10 сарын өмнө
    • Yeah, those guys will give you insurance, for outrageous money!! AARP Hartford did not penalize my car or overcharge me for insurance on my rebuilt title 4runner.

      Michael FeyrnandMichael Feyrnand10 сарын өмнө
  • Hey Steve Have you heard of this I brought a 1987 Lincoln Continental from a gaurge here in Illinois and it was left abandoned at the gaurge the guy applied for a title and it was rebuilt title even though it wasn't wreaked or salvaged . Is there a way to dispute that?

    Chris LemasterChris Lemaster10 сарын өмнө
    • +6Dwayne Rose Do the letters FO mean anything?

      Chris LemasterChris Lemaster10 сарын өмнө
    • Chris Lemaster Hey Chris, have you heard of punctuation and spell check?

      Dwayne RoseDwayne Rose10 сарын өмнө
  • Toyotas are great man....

    slitorslitor10 сарын өмнө
  • Bought a camper in MI with a salvage title. Had roof leak looked like very minimal damage. Paid a contractor $400 to fix where tree limb hit it, paid a mechanic $100 to sign form with his cert# and cop looked at it signed paper and got me a rebuilt title. Has gave me many years of fun. Have to be very careful when doing this.

    allmoparsallmopars10 сарын өмнө
  • It all depends on what happened to it. And who fixed it. Have a 17 ram that was totaled out at 7000km have 40000km on it now now ishues been a great truck.

    Jacob GlutingJacob Gluting10 сарын өмнө
  • I sell them everyday,. Have a Ferrari 428 and a Lamborghini Gallardo that I kept and have been driving them for eight years.

    George MulliganGeorge Mulligan10 сарын өмнө
  • I bought a salvage title car, and it worked out fine. It was a theft though, and not an accident

    Daniel VanWiggerenDaniel VanWiggeren10 сарын өмнө
  • I wrecked my 20 year old Tacoma and rebuilt it for fun knowing it was stupid to do so. It has a salvaged title, which in Commiefornia... I mean California, means you can't get collision or comprehensive insurance, just liability. Any accident, fire, glass breakage, or theft is not covered. The only requirement to register it is a DMV VIN check to make sure the base vehicle has the same body VIN and a brake and light inspection to make sure the lights work and the brakes are good. I would never buy someone else's salvaged vehicle. Listen to Steve, do NOT do it!

    Michael BMichael B10 сарын өмнө
  • But Steve! Don Worley is trying to pull clients off your videos. The last 5 videos I’ve watched have had his ads at the beginning. Lol

    Ezekiel KnappEzekiel Knapp10 сарын өмнө
  • What if it's a sweet Audi R8 from Samcrac with a $300 welding job to fix a $100k car?

    Jimmy's TractorJimmy's Tractor10 сарын өмнө
    • You could clone that race horse if you own the DNA- just like Dolly the sheep... right?

      Jimmy's TractorJimmy's Tractor10 сарын өмнө
  • We love salvage vehicles but don't trust Car-fax. go to a pay site like autoauctions.io where you get reports like where else it has sold. We love the ones totaled for hail damage the most. We buy them and make sure they're dependable and safe so we can provide them for those who can't afford to buy one. They don't need to look good, just be a safe, dependable vehicle. (Church affiliated)

    Roy DavisRoy Davis10 сарын өмнө
  • *Remove carp from trunk* *Slaps Roof* This baby's ready for everything you can throw at it - especially those new-fangled jumping carp.

    Jason KrausJason Kraus10 сарын өмнө
  • If you go into a rebuilt salvage car and know what you are getting into they can be a good deal for you. My current 1996 M3 is a salvage title that I have driven for 5 years now. a 19 year old put the car into the ditch ripping the bumpers off and the gas tank. He didn't tell his parents until 2 months had gone by. When daddy found out how much storage cost were ( $7500 ) daddy tossed the impound lot the keys and said its yours. The parts from BMW were over $5000 to fix it. I got them from Ebay and salvage yards for less than $500. So for a little over $1100 and some work I have a nice BMW to drive around in. Since I am a drive it till it dies and then drive it to the junkyard person resale doesn't figure into the picture. Also there was a story of a 2 year old ZR1 vet that went off roading and put a 2 inch crack into the frame. Since the insurance company didn't want to replace the frame or take the liability to just weld it the car was totaled. Someone bought the car, welded the frame and has a ZR1 for 30k. So what if he can't sell it for full price. He has a super nice vet and only has 30K out of pocket. Due to lawyers suing for anything they think they can make a buck on (sorry but you know what I mean Steve. Round up?) many perfectly fixable car are being junked out rather than being fixed. Now modern flood cars I agree with you 1000%. With all the electronics they are only good for parts.

    Michael WilkeningMichael Wilkening10 сарын өмнө
    • Exactly. Just do your homework on the particular vehicle!

      Commodore SixfourCommodore Sixfour10 сарын өмнө
  • To buy a salvage titled car, it should be: Far down the depreciation curve, say 8 to 10 years old The accident should be documented in the vehicle history, so you know that it happened when the car was far down the depreciation curve. This is so that the repairs that added up to 70-75 percent (whatever the threshold is) won't be anything fantastically expensive, so that a minor fender-bender could total it. A shade-tree mechanic could do the job cheaper than a body shop, and pocket the difference. (On a newer car, the damage could be worth tens of thousands of dollars, on a beater, a bumper cover could total it.) You should know what the nature of the damage was. You should be able to visually identify it, if you don't have other trustworthy evidence of what it was. (If you can't identify signs of bodywork, you are unqualified to buy a salvage titled car.) You should have evidence of what the repairs were. It should otherwise pass any kind of inspection you'd give to a non-salvage car. You should be willing to carry only liability insurance. Every one of those conditions is a requirement. Not many salvage titled cars or buyers are going to meet them.

    Resplendent MoronResplendent Moron10 сарын өмнө
  • About 1 1/2 to 2 years ago one of my cars was totaled due to a collision with a deer. The deer jumped across the road and hit the right front side of the car. The car was 16 years old and only had a value of about $2,000. The estimate was that it would take about 1800 or 1900 (including labor) to repair so the insurance company totaled it out. Aside from the cosmetic damage, there was nothing wrong with it. The headlight that the deer hit was still working. I suspect that this vehicle would have been fine if someone would have wanted to put the money and time into it.

    Joshua BlotzerJoshua Blotzer10 сарын өмнө
    • I don't think the

      Jimmy's TractorJimmy's Tractor10 сарын өмнө
  • Sam Crac will fix one up for you. Rich rebuilds has a flooded Tesla that he rebuilt and he seems to have a lot of electrical issues with it. He bought 2 salvage cars to make one.. Sam has said they plug into the computer port to make sure there are no airbag codes. I have a car that was damaged pretty bad in a hail storm and they fixed it. I wish they had totaled it along with the other one I had that I traded last summer that was in the same storm. Mechanically they are fine but no car is the same after they come back from a body shop. There are always things that aren't quite right. Hail damage is special in that it only affects the appearance and you can see what the damage is. I am really leery after a car has frame damage and it is fixed. Things like that don't show up right away. Months later you find out the tires aren't wearing right.

    Dennis WDennis W10 сарын өмнө
    • Hard to have frame damage these days, most cars are unibody construction. Makes it hard to properly straighten out most impact damage.

      John MaleticJohn Maletic9 сарын өмнө
  • Toyota is awesome

    Jonathan GattoJonathan Gatto10 сарын өмнө
  • My salvaged Ford Ranger is going strong and reliable more than 12 years later.

    phlodelphlodel10 сарын өмнө
  • Buying a dead race horse,... hmm, how far are we along on horse cloning?

    nacorannacoran10 сарын өмнө
  • I have heard of body shop men who will go as far as to cut a damaged car in half,actually two parts. They proceed to find another donor car for replacement of the crashed front or rear .The body shop who does this type of work will use many different methods to put together two cars of different vin. numbers .From there, they will take the line set tickets from the old crashed car and replace that in the seats .These are a very intricate process.Needless to say those type of body shops are highly illegal. Lastly, I do love that shirt.I am behind that "heaven forbid" all the way. I have another story about the famous large equipment which came from across the water, some say it was post WW2 but I heard too it was of the late 1960 era. , That story is for another time. Thanks ,you did a great job explaining the salvage business.

    Banjo CantrellBanjo Cantrell10 сарын өмнө
  • I'm curious about your dislike of Toyotas. I have heard there is a stigma against them in Michigan. Is this why? I have worked as a mechanic, and although not a Toyota fan, If anyone asks me what to buy for a car, I tell them Honda or Toyota. I love american cars, but for a daily car that is dependable, I have to put my money on those 2. Yeah yeah, american pride and american jobs. That new Honda Accord probably has more american made parts on it than your new Explorer! Just curious on your thoughts...

    Lone WolfLone Wolf10 сарын өмнө
    • @010steveo I wasn't trying to be mean at all. My statement is backed by facts. I can like most any car, but I will be honest about their shortcomings. I'm a big Mopar fan, but jeez, have you looked at the interior of recent Dodge vehicles? YUCK. The inside looks to be from the late 90s at best! If you want the right car for you, you have to look at the whole package objectively.

      Lone WolfLone Wolf10 сарын өмнө
    • @Lone Wolf lol that wasn't nice

      010steveo010steveo10 сарын өмнө
    • @Steve Lehto So the stigma against "foreign" cars really is that bad there. I guess that is just hard for me to process. It sounds like Michigan is a good place to be a mechanic!

      Lone WolfLone Wolf10 сарын өмнө
    • The Toyota comment is actually not directed at Toyota. It was a comment about any "foreign" car.

      Steve LehtoSteve Lehto10 сарын өмнө
    • @Nunyabizness That is a great way to explain it with a personal side. Thanks. I've never visited the iron belt, so I don't have much personal experience to go on. I also like the username! That is usually what I put on web-forms when I don't feel like adding another filter to gmail :)

      Lone WolfLone Wolf10 сарын өмнө
  • We bought a GMC Jimmy from a used car dealer. There was no disclosure of damage at any point. Long story short. Car was 2 cars that were welded together. Wife swerved to miss a deer and caught a bridge abutment at 55mph. The damage from that wreck would be catastrophic anyway, but the car broke in half. She didn't die, but she will never be the same. A million dollars of medical bills later the used car dealership produced pictures of the two vehicles that the body shop reassembled for the highway patrol. The state took their dealers license, they took bankruptcy and were gone into the night.

    docputerdocputer10 сарын өмнө
  • what about a rebuilt salvage rv ?

    jvanb231jvanb23110 сарын өмнө
    • As RAy Stevens Said in the song RV You cant get much for a used RV

      Chris LemasterChris Lemaster10 сарын өмнө
    • @george green I would enjoy it, yes

      jvanb231jvanb23110 сарын өмнө
    • See Steve's video, don't buy an RV. Link: mnproject.info/it/video/xKSzlqeDl2tik6s

      James YoungJames Young10 сарын өмнө
  • If you're ever curious about a salvage title car you see listed, try Google image searching the VIN. You can almost always find pictures of the car from the auction site and see the damage. Some are pretty shocking that the were rebuilt.

    Charlie FoxtrotCharlie Foxtrot10 сарын өмнө
  • OK, I do have a question for this. Is a salvage title only issued by the auction house/Insurance system? To put it into perspective. Im looking at doing a frame up restore on a vintage travel trailer (50+ years old). Most of the ones I have looked at are dilapidated and the person who is selling it does not have a title, only a bill of sale. In my state (Tx), this would require me to get a bonded title but with it being dilapidated I was hoping I could get a salvage title as they would be much easier to get. Then again, what do you think of bonded titles on a 3 year bond?

    Grandpa's PlaceGrandpa's Place10 сарын өмнө
  • Depends if rebuilt or crashed. Some cars get their airbags, seats, glass stolen, or hail damage and they get totaled. Those are the deals. Major crash damage.

    consciouscoolconsciouscool10 сарын өмнө
    • Google the VIN and the image of the car damaged should show up

      James SlipsagerJames Slipsager10 сарын өмнө
  • The safety inspection here in TX is a joke and a waste of time. They check your lights, horn, windshield wipers and thats it. It doesn't cost that much, but you have to take the time to take it down to an inspection station.

    Big DaddyBig Daddy10 сарын өмнө
  • I bought a 2006 4runner with 97k, had a rebuilt/salvage title last summer. Bought it 3k under blue book at the time. NO frame damage, I saw a progression of photos taken during rebuild. My AARP insurance covered it, and not with any penalties. 10k miles later, my car not only looks new, feels new, a full diagnostic from Toyota came out in excellent shape. I lucked out.

    Michael FeyrnandMichael Feyrnand10 сарын өмнө
  • Never buy a car that came from Louisiana. It has probably been underwater.

    Jerrell HelmsJerrell Helms10 сарын өмнө
    • never buy a car with an exploded airbag, they cost more than the repairs

      j myersj myers10 сарын өмнө
  • Great advice Steve!

    David BDavid B10 сарын өмнө
  • Steve, I bought a rebuilt-salvage RV with a Toyota Chassis, used, as-is. Now the radio won't pick up my favorite station. Can you help me sue the guy I bought it from?

    Brian MeyerBrian Meyer10 сарын өмнө
    • Burn it.

      Dale FryDale Fry10 сарын өмнө
    • Brian Meyer shoulda gotten the extended warranty.

      avega2792avega279210 сарын өмнө
  • I dont agree with what you said maybe bc i rebuilt car as part time side job i work at a collision repair center and i see cars here that i consider unrepairable and they do get fix bc they stay under the 75% cost of repair to car value. I buy cars from iaai and copart and are faster repairs than what we do i the shop it all come down as how well they are rebuilt and the price someone will pay for a rebuilt tittle car Last car i sold was a 2016 honda civic with 15k milles for 11,000 blue book was at 14500 that is 3500 cheaper that a clean tittle car This car was purchase from copart for around 6k i spend 2k in parts and the rest is labor repair cost and profit ill leave the cars stock # if i find it. The only thing i can advise is that cars that have a flood tittle dont touch they may work for now but will most likley have electrical issues.

    Carlos Hueramo-silvaCarlos Hueramo-silva10 сарын өмнө