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Are Salvage Accident and Crashed Cars for Sale in the USA a Good Option?

By Mike Richards Updated: 07/26/2022 Posted: 10/16/2015

When you are looking for a new vehicle, you want to have something that’s reliable, but you also don’t want to spend too much on your purchase. You might not be able to get a new car because of the price, and even typical used cars could be too much.

One of the options that some people are choosing is to find accident crashed and damaged cars for sale in the USA through auctions. Others fear that they will not be able to find anything worthwhile when they choose these types of vehicles, so they stay away. Let’s look at why these vehicles could actually be a decent option in some cases.

Better Prices

Naturally, a vehicle that has been in an accident and that has a salvage title will have a lower price whether you buy from an owner or through an auction. This is one of the main reasons people are attracted to accident cars in the USA.

However, even though the vehicle is cheaper, it doesn’t always mean that it’s worth the purchase. You need to take the time to understand more about the vehicle and why it had all of that damage and what it will take to repair it. Is the damage mostly cosmetic (damaged only left door), or has the engine been destroyed? If it’s only cosmetic, then it’s generally a good option. If you need to replace the engine, it might not make sense unless the vehicle is extremely cheap, for example.

Check into the vehicle’s history to get a clear understanding of the type of damage it has suffered and then get an estimate on how much it will cost to fix. Compare this with your budget to see if this if affordable for you.

IIt’s important that you pay close attention to the price and the bids. You need to know your limit and budget, along with the vehicle’s value. Be willing to step out of the auction if the price gets too high. If you don’t, then buying accident cars will not be worth it for you.

Using the Accident Cars for Parts

In some cases, you might not want to buy these vehicles to restore them, but only to use them for parts. If you are rebuilding your own vehicle of the same make and model (Camry, Nissan Sentra, Honda Civic, Hyundai Elantra), or you want to have some extra parts on hand for your Mercedes-Benz, Chevrolet Camaro, Ford Mustang, Porsche, Volkswagen or truck if you need them later, then buying accident cars can be a great option

Again, though, you need to make sure the price of the vehicle makes sense for your purposes. If you only need a few parts from the vehicle, you should get the cheapest price possible.

Rebuilding and Insurance

One of the reasons that some people stay away from accident cars is because they worry about the cost of repairing the vehicle. In some cases, the repairs will not be worth it, but if you research the vehicle history and estimate the costs beforehand, you will be able to avoid that situation. You should focus on the vehicles that are cheap and that need to have the least amount of rebuilding.

Another concern some people have involves insurance for the vehicle. Until you rebuild the vehicle, you won’t be able to get insurance. Once you have a rebuilt title, you can then get liability insurance fairly easily. It’s more difficult to get full coverage, but there are some insurance companies that will offer it. Insurance is not as easy as with a car that has a clean title, but it’s not impossible to get.

One other thing to note about these rebuilt vehicles is that, in several states, they will always carry a rebuilt title with them. This can affect the value of the vehicle if you decide to sell it later.

It Could Be Right for You

As long as you take the time to research the vehicle and the price and understand what it takes to get the vehicle on the road, then buying accident cars for sale in the USA could be a good option for you. Don’t ever rush into any type of purchase, and you will find that it’s relatively easy to find decent buys.

Find information on Rebuilt Title Laws for Each US State. Explore our Vehicle Auctions, as well as finding more information about How These Auctions Work.