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Many people are downright afraid to buy a car through a salvage auction. They assume that all salvaged cars are completely totaled, and cannot be repaired to run again. In fact, nothing can be further from the truth. It is possible to purchase clean title salvage cars if you just know where to look and what to look for.
First, understand the difference between clean title salvage cars and salvage cars. Clean titles are just that – they may be damaged or in need of some work, but they have had no major body or engine damage. Depending on the state in which you live, a car may have a clean title as long as the damage done to it is under a predetermined percentage of the cars total value. In most cases, you can be sure that a clean title car has not had major repair work or suffered from a catastrophic incident such as flooding. A salvage title car differs in one major way it has been declared a total loss due to flood, fire, vandalism or collision. This damage may actually be quite minimal. If the insurance company believes it would be more expensive to repair the damage than to replace the car, they may ‘total’ it. It is then given a salvage title.
Still, even when told a vehicle has a clean title, many potential buyers are still hesitant. For years, it was easy for an unethical car rebuilder to ‘doctor’ titles. Also, it was difficult to collect a complete history of a vehicle. For example, a car may have a clean title under the rules of one state, but a salvage title under the rules of another. This wariness has, in a large part, become ingrained, making many people afraid to purchase cars from a salvage auction. The good news is, the Internet has revolutionized even the car title industry. All reputable salvage auction listings will present you with a complete history of a vehicle, based on the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN). There are several services that offer this, the most popular of which is CarFax and Autocheck. This allows you to feel confident that the title is ‘clean,’ ‘salvaged’ or ‘rebuilt.’
In many states, it is possible to purchase a salvaged car at auction, rebuild the car, and then acquire a clean title for it. You can through Auto Bid Master and find out the title regulations for your state, and how you can get a clean title for your salvage car.
In short, while it used to be a roll of the dice when buying a vehicle from a salvage auction, today there is simply no reason not to consider purchasing one. Whether you are looking for clean title salvage cars or would be happy with a rebuilt or salvaged title, looking closely at rebuildable car listings will allow you to find the car you are looking for at the price you want.