If you are currently shopping for a car then you have most likely run into at least one vehicle that was being sold for a lower price than average for that model due to it being sold with a salvage title. A salvage title is assigned to a vehicle that an insurance company has decided was a total loss, usually due to accident damage or theft. In many cases, a mechanic or dealership will repair the vehicle and attempt to sell it or a stolen vehicle will be recovered after the insurance company wrote it off.
Because of the total loss situation, a salvage titled vehicle can provide you with an opportunity to get a great deal on a vehicle. Listed below are two ways to protect yourself when considering a car with a salvage title.
Consider Why It Is A Salvage Vehicle
A major way to protect yourself when buying a car with a salvage title is to consider why it is a salvage vehicle. For example, while a car that was salvaged due to being completely wrecked in an accident could potentially have a lot of hidden issues, a vehicle that was written off because it was stolen may not have any problems at all. This means that you shouldn't discount a vehicle with a salvage title because some of them may not have any issues whatsoever, which can lead to you getting a very nice car for much lower than standard blue book values for the vehicle.
Have It Inspected
One of the biggest dangers that can occur when you look at a car with a salvage title is that the repairs often have been done incorrectly, which can result in a problem down the road. For example, body panels may not have been replaced correctly, which lead to an increase in road noise within the cabin or water leaking into the car when it rains or you drive through a car wash. In addition, some mechanical components may not have been replaced or repaired at all, which can cause the car to die much sooner than it should.
In order to avoid these issues, make sure that you take the vehicle to a trusted mechanic for an inspection before purchasing it. When having the inspection performed, let the mechanic know about the salvage title because that will let him or her know to look beyond normal wear and tear and look for signs of shoddy repairs.
Visit your local car dealership today in order to look at the various vehicles with salvage titles that may be available to you for a low price. By considering why the vehicle was written off and having it inspected, you can eliminate a lot of the potential risk of buying a vehicle with a salvage title while also getting a great price on it. To learn more, contact a company like Woody Sander Ford.