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Old 09-27-2009, 08:34 PM   #1
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My Uncle is trying to buy a Salvage Titled Rubicon

Help me talk him out of. I can only see bad in purchasing a Rubicon TJ with a salvage title from a "fire". Give me your thoughts, please make them negative.

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Old 09-27-2009, 08:36 PM   #2
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Old 09-27-2009, 08:44 PM   #3
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Old 09-27-2009, 08:55 PM   #4
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pics?? more info?? we really have nothing to go on here. personally i would buy one that had been on fire any day over a wrecked one, as long as it had been rebuilt correctly.
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Old 09-27-2009, 08:56 PM   #5
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The biggest problem with a salvage title is that you'll never get any real money when you sell it. If someone manages to "wash" the title and get a regular title, I hope that person gets caught and spends 5 years in "don't drop the soap" prison.

Otherwise, 14k is about as cheap as you can get a rubi for. As long as it was repaired well and is functional, I don't see too many issues. If there was a fire, it's biggest set of problems will probably be electrical. Harnesses melted, shorts etc. Those are fairly easy/cheap to troubleshoot and repair too.

So, if he's looking for a cheap way to get on the trail, he may be on to something.

Sorry I didn't help you talk him out of it...
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Old 09-27-2009, 09:43 PM   #6
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The biggest problem with a salvage title is that you'll never get any real money when you sell it. If someone manages to "wash" the title and get a regular title, I hope that person gets caught and spends 5 years in "don't drop the soap" prison.

Otherwise, 14k is about as cheap as you can get a rubi for. As long as it was repaired well and is functional, I don't see too many issues. If there was a fire, it's biggest set of problems will probably be electrical. Harnesses melted, shorts etc. Those are fairly easy/cheap to troubleshoot and repair too.

So, if he's looking for a cheap way to get on the trail, he may be on to something.

Sorry I didn't help you talk him out of it...
Pretty much summed it up

If he is not looking to resell and it's not torn up then sounds like a good deal to me. I would try to talk them down a little more if they are not firm on the price.
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It all depends on who salvaged it. Some shops do great work. There is a guy here in town that specializes in salvaging wranglers that he buys from the insurance companies. He does great work. I wouldn't hesitate to buy one of his rebuilds. Plus he is here in town and will back up his work.

Jeepers seem to be more forgiving when buying a salvaged vehicle. Especially if they are looking for a trail rig that they are going to beat the crap out of anyway! That said, if resale is in the future, don't plan on getting more than about half of book when you try to sell it.
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Would the fire damage cause an expand and shrink in the metal and maybe warp/weaken stuff? Just a question, I'm also lookin for another jeep and may go for salvaged.
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My rig is a "Salvage / Rebuild". I got it for $2K. I think so long as you check it out good and fully understand why it is a salvage, it's no big deal. I agree that you will likely not get top dollar for it when you are ready to sell, but you should understand that going into the purchase.
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Personally I wouldn't spend 14k on anything with "salvage" in the title...But I run through vehicles like its going out of style, and I don't like losing money in them.

If he plans on keeping it forever, then if all appears to be in proper working order, I say go for it, however if there's any chance he may want to sell in the near future, pass...for a few K more he should be able to get one with a clear warranty, and actually be able to sell it later on.
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Old 09-28-2009, 10:00 AM   #12
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I want a salvage Rubi, someday, to steal things off of.

Did you see the old school Jeep Wagoneer they showed at SEMA this year? It was a 1960's Full Size Jeep sitting on Rubicon underpinnings. Really cool.

I'd like to squeeze a Rubicon frame and suspension under an old CJ2.

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