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Old 11-18-2014, 07:26 AM
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Salvage Jeep repairs

I am looking at picking up a salvaged jeep. The current owner lists the following as needed repairs. Anyone know a ballpark cost? Its an 09 Rubicon and located in Northeast Ohio. Thanks and I look forward to joining the Wrangler community.

"jeep will need airbags steering box, bumper, hood, quarter panel. grille fender and the frame pulled, and other little items"

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If its not the best most awesome deal in the world I would pass just because of the frame pull part

You need to find out what part of the frame he is talking about to make a good decision

Also what is your intent with this jeep , if you want a good off road rig then maybe

But if you want a jeep to drive around town then pass

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if its not the best most awesome deal in the world i would pass just because of the frame pull part you need to find out what part of the frame he is talking about to make a good decision also what is your intent with this jeep , if you want a good off road rig then maybe but if you want a jeep to drive around town then pass
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They are asking $9500. It has 67k miles on it. What would be a price that would be worth it in your guys opinion?

In regards to frame damage he said "the front horns are tweaked" a little.

The Jeep would be a pleasure car. Off roading when I can get out and then tolling around on nice days or trips to work when the snow is bad.
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They are asking $9500. It has 67k miles on it. What would be a price that would be worth it in your guys opinion? In regards to frame damage he said "the front horns are tweaked" a little. The Jeep would be a pleasure car. Off roading when I can get out and then tolling around on nice days or trips to work when the snow is bad.
I would get estimates on the cost to fix the frame, could be more then you think.
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Might be worth checking your states rules and regs about inspection requirement's to get a salvage title before dropping 15k or more fixing this thing.

Sounds like a perfect dedicated wheeling project but getting it registered and plated for road use could be a problem.

Here in WA the State Patrol has to inspect any vehicle for road safety before it gets issued a salvage title. Not always a simple process.

WA State patrol does not need to tell you why if it failed inspection.

Simple pass fail notice is all they are obligated to issue.

Some are nice enough to tell you what needs to be fixed, some are not.
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Old 11-18-2014, 11:49 AM   #7
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I am looking at picking up a salvaged jeep. The current owner lists the following as needed repairs. Anyone know a ballpark cost? Its an 09 Rubicon and located in Northeast Ohio. Thanks and I look forward to joining the Wrangler community.

"jeep will need airbags steering box, bumper, hood, quarter panel. grille fender and the frame pulled, and other little items"
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They are asking $9500. It has 67k miles on it. What would be a price that would be worth it in your guys opinion?

In regards to frame damage he said "the front horns are tweaked" a little.

The Jeep would be a pleasure car. Off roading when I can get out and then tolling around on nice days or trips to work when the snow is bad.
First, get a price from Edmunds.com or KBB.com for the vehicle as it is currently optioned and overall condition minus wreck damage.

Next, price repair parts and labor for the items you may have to outsource.

Subtract the repair cost from the average book value, and then take the results and subtract 10 to 15% for diminished value due to having a "branded title". This will give a a fair idea where to start for a vehicle that will always have a salvage title. After you reach this value, subtract 10% more for the things the seller forgot to mention, and other cost creep items.

What they're asking seems to be about 25 to 35% too much for the area I'm living in. That may be almost reasonable where you live though.

I don't know for sure, but some states will not allow a full-coverage policy to be written against a branded title. You might want to check on that. It would mean that all of your effort and expenditures could be wiped out by a careless uninsured driver or a really big elephant that crosses the road in front of you when you're not looking.
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Any type of frame damage can be a deal breaker. Have the frame work appraised even if you pay a small fee. Frame damage can lead to an endless series of repairs and the JK may never roll straight.
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Thanks for all the help. Sounds like it is more risk than I am willing to take on even if it is a deal.
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I am looking at picking up a salvaged jeep. The current owner lists the following as needed repairs. Anyone know a ballpark cost? Its an 09 Rubicon and located in Northeast Ohio. Thanks and I look forward to joining the Wrangler community.

"jeep will need airbags steering box, bumper, hood, quarter panel. grille fender and the frame pulled, and other little items"
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I am looking at picking up a salvaged jeep. The current owner lists the following as needed repairs. Anyone know a ballpark cost? Its an 09 Rubicon and located in Northeast Ohio. Thanks and I look forward to joining the Wrangler community.

"jeep will need airbags steering box, bumper, hood, quarter panel. grille fender and the frame pulled, and other little items"
Sorry a little late on this thread,

But salvage vehicles can be a great for someone that knows what to look for or even better has the resources to do the repairs themselves.

The insurance totalled the vehicle for a reason as the cost to repair is more than the acv of the vehicle. So if the repairs cost 10,000 you might be able to have a shop do the repairs for 7,000 if your okay with used and aftermarket parts cost savings for used air bags is a lot cheaper than OEM ones. But you will be building and putting money into a vehicle that's is worth maybe 7,000 just guessing value here. That's where it is not worth the headache or time as you will only get your money back if you find a sucker to buy it, if and when you decide to sell it.

My point it building a salvage title vehicle can cost the same as buying a clean title vehicle.

Now I bought a 2004 Chevy Colorado with 47,000 miles on it I wrote an estimate for 8,000 to repair it. But I know how to do the work and worked at a shop to where I can get parts at cost. Usually 35% below list price. And I purchase, repaired and currently my wife drives it for less than 3 grand it is still a clean title being I bought it from the owner direct without the insurance involved. But I would of done the same thing even if a salvaged title brand was attached. It is worth roughly 8,000 still due to low milage...

Frame damages only issues is replacing one doing pulls on a frames is easy. And lasers and a quality tech will get the frame in spec. Without issue.
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I would pass mainly because of the motor....if it is going to be a salvage would prefer it to be a 3.6 not a 3.8...if it was gonna be a dedicated trail rig...who cares?

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