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Old 04-23-2018, 07:36 PM
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salvage title

I am trying to trade my model A ford for a killer jeep but I am finding many of them have salvage titles. I realize a jeep is easy to total with less than fatal damage. In the motorcycle world a salvage title is something to avoid at all cost but is it the same in the jeep world? Is a jeep with a salvage title something I will NEVER be able to sell if it comes to that? I am not looking for one to resell but you never know what life will through at you. So what do you think. Is a salvage title death?

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First I'd say, no, a branded title is not walking death. But you're going to need to be VERY careful about what you buy. I sold my first YJ after it had been totalled, and it was repaired and ran great for a very long time. Resale is what's going to absolutely kill you. You'll be selling to a very limited market.
And I disagree about the motorcycles with branded titles. Considering how expensive plastics are on these new bikes, one is often totalled simply for cosmetic damage, not necessarily for structural damages.
If you go into the purchase of a branded vehicle of any kind WITH YOUR EYES WIDE OPEN, you can do very well for yourself.

There, I said it, and now I'm opened for a decent flaming.

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I'm sure you can get liability insurance with a salvage title.
Since it's already been 'totaled' it would tough to get any additional insurance to protect your 'investment'.

My 28 year old YJ no longer has a title.
It has New Hampshire plates.
Most New England states don't title after 15 or so years.
I guess nothing survives that long up there worth titling.
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If you're buying it as a branded title vehicle, the previous owner should be the one taking the hit for the branded title.
You should be buying it cheaper than a non-branded title vehicle. Then if you end up having to sell the Jeep, you (theoretically) should be able to sell it for what you paid for it.

Re-read 283YJs post. He has the right of it. "WITH YOUR EYES WIDE OPEN". If you're unsure, take it to a 4X4 shop and pay them to inspect it before you buy it. If the seller balks, walk away.

Talk to your agent about insurance. Different companies have different rules.

Good Luck, L.M.

P.S. As a bodyman, I had builders for much of my career. I'd buy a wreck, repair it and use it until the next wreck came along. I could afford to wait for used parts to come along, not like the insurance companies that had the owner in a rental car and claiming back injuries.
I wouldn't be afraid of a branded title, but I know what to look for and won't pay retail unless I absolutely have to.
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Thanks guys. That's pretty much what I thought its great to get other opinions.
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Keep in mind that sometimes repairs are done in a VERY shady way.... example... I bought a yj w a rebuilt title... I was told that is was a minor accident w just cosmetic damage... I got it cheap so I was fine no matter what but later on I found a SOFT spot on the frame... not rusty but soft as in my hammer BOUNCED!

They had straightened a badly bent frame and when done ended up with 1" deep dent with a welded tear at the bottom so they filled the dent with likely a whole tube of rtv, smoothed it and spray painted the frame....

If you buy a previously wrecked jeep make sure you get it cheap enough absorb a big hit like that.....

Also keep in mind that it may well have been totalled more than once.... I had a truck once that had been totalled 3 times...
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Keep in mind that sometimes repairs are done in a VERY shady way.... example... I bought a yj w a rebuilt title... I was told that is was a minor accident w just cosmetic damage... I got it cheap so I was fine no matter what but later on I found a SOFT spot on the frame... not rusty but soft as in my hammer BOUNCED!

They had straightened a badly bent frame and when done ended up with 1" deep dent with a welded tear at the bottom so they filled the dent with likely a whole tube of rtv, smoothed it and spray painted the frame....

If you buy a previously wrecked jeep make sure you get it cheap enough absorb a big hit like that.....

Also keep in mind that it nay well have been totalled more than once.... I had a truck once that had been totalled 3 times...
Unreal. I would have never expected something like that. Some people.
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Keep in mind that sometimes repairs are done in a VERY shady way.... example... I bought a yj w a rebuilt title... I was told that is was a minor accident w just cosmetic damage... I got it cheap so I was fine no matter what but later on I found a SOFT spot on the frame... not rusty but soft as in my hammer BOUNCED!

They had straightened a badly bent frame and when done ended up with 1" deep dent with a welded tear at the bottom so they filled the dent with likely a whole tube of rtv, smoothed it and spray painted the frame....
I've been in the auto body business since I started driving in 1960.
I've seen worse. There's hackers in every business.

Caveat Emptor = "Let The Buyer Beware".
Posted over the entrance to the market in ancient Rome.

Another thing to consider: "If it's too good to be true, it probably is".

As I stated earlier in this thread, if there's any question, take the vehicle to an expert.

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I've bought a couple of totaled bikes. Replaced the plastic and they were good to go. I also bought a totaled car that had been repaired. Drove it hard for a couple of years and sold it for more than I paid.

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