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Is It Worth It to Rehab a Car from Cheap Auction Sites? 

By Mike Richards Updated: 08/09/2022 Posted: 10/21/2015

When considering buying a vehicle from cheap auction sites, you have to make sure that it is worth your money and your time before you start bidding.

Many of the vehicles that are available through these outlets are actually salvage vehicles. In most cases, this means that the insurance companies that insured these vehicles decided that they would rather consider the car totaled than pay for the repairs it would need.

Does this mean that you should always stay away from these types of vehicles? No, but it does mean you should know what you are doing and what you are buying.


What’s the Value?

You have to keep in mind that your emotions should not play a role when you’re buying a car. Don’t fall in love with a vehicle, as it means you could make some bad decisions. You might see that the body is in great shape, and it is the type of car you’ve always wanted, only to discover later that the amount of work it will take to get the vehicle back on the road is going to cost more money and time than you have.


Is It Worth the Cost?

Always buy with your head. This means you need to be willing to research every aspect of the car to understand why it has a salvage title, as well as what it will take to get the rebuilt title you need.

Even if you are handy and know cars, it is still a good idea to have a mechanic look at the information about the vehicle so they can give you a better estimate of what it will take to repair the car. This will make it easier to determine whether it is something that is within your budget. You might find that it’s simply not worth the added money that the repairs will cost.


Finding the Diamond in the Rough

However, when you buy from cheap auction sites, there is always the chance that you can find some real gems, diamonds in the rough as it were. These vehicles might need to have some repairs to the engine, the body, or the electronics, for example.

However, the low price that you can get the car for through the auction could actually still make it worth your time and effort. If the price of the repairs is still reasonable, and if you feel that you could get the car back on the road for less than buying a used vehicle of the same make and model, it could be worth it.

Rehabbing the vehicle can be a fun and interesting process whether you are taking part in the repairs or you have the mechanic take care of everything for you. It is possible to breathe new life into the vehicle. If you are buying a sports car, or even just a car to get around town, you will love the results of a quality rehab for the vehicle.


Getting Insurance

Of course, you also need to think about getting insurance for the vehicle when you have your rebuilt title. Getting liability insurance is easy, but if you want to have full coverage, you will find that it is a little bit more difficult. Fewer insurance companies are willing to provide coverage. However, with some footwork on your part, you can find some companies that will have policies available for you.

As long as you buy with your head to get a great vehicle from the cheap auction sites, and you are willing to rehab the vehicle and take the time to find the insurance you need, this can be a good option for you.


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