Other than the normal stuff to look for when buying a used car, what else should you check or have inspected when buying a used car with a salvage or junk title?
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Two Main things come to mind:
In my honest opinion, avoid at all cost unless the person selling them is known for doing a good job with them.
In general I agree with the avoid sentiment. But, I have bought a salvage title car ('94 dodge spirit) and was quite happy with it. It ran reliably for me from 60k miles until 120k miles. In this case there were some special circumstances:
I am telling this story so that people will know the sort of extra precautions and checks you have to make if you are going to take the risk of buying a salvage title care.
IMHO the key thing to look at is why it is being sold as salvage.
I don't know about the US, but over here we have different categories (A-D) depending on how bad the damage is. The lowest category (D) is simply "not badly damaged, but not worth enough for the insurance company to bother fixing", wheras A is "This car must be crushed and no part of it may return to the road".
I know a couple of people who have had category C or D cars and returned them to the road quite happily, altohugh in all cases they did the repairs themselves (or had them done), so they knew the extent of the damage and the quality of the repair. If you are talking about an older, low value car, it is easy for a small amount of damage, such as a broken bumper or bent wing (fender) to take it "beyond economical repair", when a competent home mechanic could swap the panel with a secondhand one for a fraction of the price of an insurance repair.