Hey all! I have been looking at an 04 Sahara that has an r-title. I did a title check and the only thing it stated is that it was in a minor accident. The frame was un-touched, no flood damage, just a few body panels that were replaced. Any opinions on spending the money on a Jeep with an r-title????
I've owned several Jeep's in the past and now looking for another to have as the weekend toy!! Excited about getting another jeep, but unsure about an r-title
some times they total these jeeps out for a little bit of work or for a theft or for a repo. i was trying to find a good r title to get but couldnt find one i gave up after 40 days!but if you found a good 1 at a great price get it!!
My 99 TJ has a Salvage / Rebuilt title due to a minor fender bender. The right front fender was smashed, with no damage to the frame. I got a great price on it, and have saved a ton of money for the final product I have. The only issue will be when I decide to sell the Jeep and getting the potential buyer to understand the structural stability of the rig has not been compromised.
if the vehicle has an r title then there is was probably more damage than just some replaced body panels. an insurance company will consider it totaled when the damage is about 75% of the value of the vehicle. there must have been some pretty significant damage to consider it totaled. a fedex truck slammed into the side of my 05 tj this past december. he did $6000 worth of damage and my insurance company didn't total it. if you don't have the money to fix the hidden damage and problem that may come up, i would stay away from it.
You need to know if there is a difference in your state for a restore title and a salvage title. Like someone mentioned above, check on insurance, and realize that if you get ready to sell it later you aren't going to get anywhere near book for it. If it's a toy and you plan to keep it forever, go for it after having it checked out. I have owned a salvage vehicle before and it never gave me any problems. A lot of it depends on who did the work and how competent they were. There is a guy here in town that specializes in rebuilding jeeps that he buys from insurance companies, I would not hesitate to buy one of his builds. It also seems that jeep enthusiasts are less concerned about a salvage title, especially if they plan to wheel the crap out of it anyway!!!
99 XJ Sport
3" Skyjacker lift
31 x 10.50 General Grabbers
Thanks for all the replies. By the looks of the jeep I'd have to almost say that this one might have been a repossesed one. The current owner said when he bought the jeep that the back windows were smashed out, the rear seat was missing, and the fender flares are scuffed up quite a bit. Considering the condition and that this will be a project jeep and something I plan to keep for awhile, I may just buy it.
Pictures to follow If I do end up purchasing. Thanks again for all the replies.
Vehicles like this cost less to buy, but bring less when you sell them.
Normally not a huge issue, but if you add a bunch of stuff to this Jeep, make a lot of modifications, you're likely to get even less of that money back.
I'd recommend taking lots of pictures and documenting how it looks now, and all the things you do to it over the years. It'll make it easier to sell to the next person. Otherwise, they're likely to think you added corner guards to cover damage, or whatever.