What is Salvage title?

Is It Safe to Buy a Salvage Car?

By Mike Richards Updated: 06/21/2022 Posted: 09/06/2017

Many people worry about choosing to buy a salvage vehicle. They worry that they will not be able to get a title for the vehicle, that they will have trouble insuring it, or that it simply will never get back to roadworthy condition. These fears are understandable, and those who do not take their time to learn about the vehicles they are considering could well run into these types of problems. However, that does not mean it is always a bad idea to buy a salvage car. It can be a great way to get a vehicle that you want for a fraction of what it would normally cost. Still, you need to consider a few things when you are considering buying salvage.


What Is the State of the Vehicle?

When a vehicle is declared unrepairable, no matter how much work you put into it, you will never be able to get a title for it that will allow it back on the road. If you are simply buying a vehicle for the parts so you can repair another vehicle you have, then this is okay. If you want to get the vehicle road-ready, it is not. You will want to choose a vehicle that is capable of being repaired.

Keep in mind that different states handle salvage titles in different ways. You will want to make sure that you understand the rules and regulations in your state before you buy a salvage car. It would be a shame to get a vehicle and try to get it into working condition only to realize that you can’t get it on the road. Learn about the types of inspections you will need to go through, as well, so you can be sure your vehicle passes muster.

The condition of the car and the number and types of repairs you need to do is always one of the first things you need to consider if you want to buy a salvage vehicle. This will give you a better idea of the price you should be paying for the vehicle. After all, if you will have to do a lot of repairs, the price should be very low. Even when you are buying from an auction, the price should stay low enough to make it worth spending your money on. If you notice that the bids are getting too high, simply back off and start looking at other vehicles.


Buy from Trusted Sources

It is also essential that you buy from trusted sellers when you choose to buy a salvage car. Whether you are buying in person or you are buying from an auction, make sure the seller has a good reputation. One of the dangers of buying salvage from online want ads is that you never know how truthful the seller is exactly.

As long as you are diligent about knowing the state of the vehicle, and the price, and you buy from a trusted source, you will find that it is safe to buy a salvage vehicle.