There are many reasons a car can earn a salvage title. Today we talk pros and cons of buying a salvage car, and if it's worth the savings. Remember there are many factors that play into this choice.

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    • (-_-)t

      i found a s title honda s2k for little under $9k with 140k miles. should i take the risk ?

      about 8 days ago
    • HumbleMechanic
      HumbleMechanic In reply to (-_-)t

      Whatโ€™s the non salvage title price? Maybe worth a little more to get a clean title

      about 8 days ago
    • Covenant Lazarus
      Covenant Lazarus

      Shave your stupid fucking beard please.

      about 12 days ago
    • HumbleMechanic
      HumbleMechanic In reply to Covenant Lazarus

      Sorry momma likes it. And her opinion of it outweighs everyone else.

      about 12 days ago
    • Niner Fan650
      Niner Fan650

      To be honest, Iโ€™d rather buy for example. A Honda Accord 2007 with 60k miles that holds a clean title rather than one that has 25k that is salvaged.

      about 17 days ago
    • Slawko Wegrzyn
      Slawko Wegrzyn

      I have seen automobiles with only 10 percent of damage. Like a rear end damaged, trunk area. The insurance company has totaled this vehicle. Could not meet factory standards. So sold as salvage auction. Thanks

      about 21 day ago
    • Proffesor Dick
      Proffesor Dick

      Thank you car guru guy!!! Much appreciated!!! Nice beard!!๐ŸŽ…๐ŸŽ…๐ŸŽ…๐ŸŽ…

      about 22 days ago
    • 9thGenboosted

      Not all cars that are Salvaged are flooded most are from collisions

      about 24 days ago
    • The Sourdough Bread Man
      The Sourdough Bread Man

      How about manufacturing buy back

      about 1 month ago
    • The Sourdough Bread Man
      The Sourdough Bread Man In reply to The Sourdough Bread Man

      HumbleMechanic thanks a lot

      about 1 month ago
    • HumbleMechanic
      HumbleMechanic In reply to The Sourdough Bread Man

      Almost zero issues there. I have dealt with a lot of those. the car always gets fixed and resold.

      about 1 month ago
    • Rogue Ranger
      Rogue Ranger

      Only Buy IF You Are The End User. I Got a Salvage Vehicle From an Insurance Auction With a "Clean Title" Only to Have The Title Bastardized Upon Registration.

      about 1 month ago
    • Will Hydro
      Will Hydro

      Flood cars are not necessarily bad. If water even gets to just the floorboards the insurance company will salvage it. You have to personally check the car out to see what water damage has been done. If it was submerged, stay away for sure. Just be smart

      about 1 month ago
    • Daniel Enriquez
      Daniel Enriquez

      Thank you very informative \m/

      about 1 month ago
    • William Readon
      William Readon

      i would run from any flood salvage vehicle, especially salt water floods, the salt nearly immediately corrodes the electronics so expect tons of expensive electrical faults plus potential mold issues on plastics and soft parts

      about 2 months ago
    • chris vance
      chris vance

      I have a question. 2017 Nissan Altima. Has no title....has no frame damage, however was in a minor fender bender.(grill needs replaced). Vehicle has 55k mileage. Guy is asking for $3500. Would you do this deal? I looked up grill price...and it is roughly $200.

      about 2 months ago
    • Nathan Campbell
      Nathan Campbell In reply to chris vance

      Also, see if you can get the VIN and run a CarFax on it, and even check with Nissan to see if they can pull any sort of service record for it so you can reference that.

      about 2 months ago
    • Nathan Campbell
      Nathan Campbell In reply to chris vance

      Possible blown transmission; Altimas use Jatco CVTs which are infamous for blowing out, even with proper maintenance. If there's legitimately nothing wrong with the car besides the cosmetic damage, my paranoia would tell me to check if the car is perhaps stolen. Reference ChrisFix's video on what to look for when inspecting a used car - go see it in person and take someone with you. Test drive it as well. If everything checks out, $3,500 is stupidly good for a car that new.

      about 2 months ago

      I wish I would have seen this video before. I lost 2000 dollars. I cant sell the car my self. I am so disapointed

      about 2 months ago
    • H-4-X
      H-4-X In reply to MORRISSEY

      Same. I legit bought a fucking lemon for 4K dude. It legit was nice and working for 2 weeks and bam.

      about 2 months ago
    • HumbleMechanic
      HumbleMechanic In reply to MORRISSEY


      about 2 months ago
    • Alpha Black
      Alpha Black

      Great video and very well explained. Thank you

      about 3 months ago
    • Javy Cano
      Javy Cano

      If u buy a salvage title car is it a problem to register

      about 3 months ago
    • White Kita
      White Kita

      I will Never buy a Salvaged Title Car.....ever!....heard too many nightmare stories form other people...

      about 3 months ago
    • ChodeMaestro

      How do you take a car that isn't yours to the dealership?? You would have to convince the guy who owns the car to take it there with you, right?

      about 3 months ago
    • HumbleMechanic
      HumbleMechanic In reply to ChodeMaestro

      Yep. Most people are cool about it in my experience

      about 3 months ago
    • GAH

      Im looking at a 2014 dodge charger sxt that has a salvage title on it but the guy says there no fram damage and the air bags weren't deployed for $8,500 good buy or not?

      about 3 months ago
    • La Familia Michoacan
      La Familia Michoacan

      what adout insurance on a savage vehicle is it more expensive @humblemechanical

      about 3 months ago
    • Drewster327

      Well if you also look at it insurance companies will pay off and salvage cars with minimal damage depending on the value of make and model and year just because they don't want to deal with it, I had a accident with one of my old cars and it wasnt that bad easily fixed but insurance decided to just salvage it. So really it all depends on what kind of damage it has, do a vehicle VIN check find out the facts of the damage and make a educated decision from there.

      about 3 months ago
    • J.R. Zippie
      J.R. Zippie

      3 yrs ago (2016) I bought my first ever Salvaged Title car (2012 Chevy Equinox)...It is one of the finest cars I have owned and has not given me a bit of trouble....Still has that New smell interior....I don't know what the original damage was...nor did I care to the car looks super good and no repair work is evident inside or out.......I plan to keep this vehicle a long time....I am fully insured (AFI)....

      about 4 months ago
    • Brett Wilson
      Brett Wilson

      Wonderful insight! Thank you for sharing!

      about 4 months ago
    • Timothy Allen Campbell GoTimothy
      Timothy Allen Campbell GoTimothy

      Don't buy salvage title. The rich get richer the poor get poorer. The rich want a new car so Insurance companies give them one and they don't mind, because they're going to pass the cost on to poor people who purchase the salvage title. If you buy a car with a salvage title, you are going to pay more for insurance then you would for a new car. Insurance companies know, that it was a salvage title by the VIN number, that they had to pay for it and they want to regroup their money, by charging the next person who gets insurance on the car. If you're the type of person who doesn't buy car insurance, then you can buy a salvage title. But if you're buying car insurance, look at paying at least 2,500 a year for car insurance, if you buy a salvage title. Also new car dealers will not even give you a penny, for a salvage title car on a trade in. They don't want them. Don't look at getting a bank loan for a salvage title car, the banks don't want to risk lending money out on a car that may break down. I made a mistake of buying a rebuilt title 2017 Toyota Prius on eBay for $11,000 that only had 16 K miles. It was like brand new. The Insurance Company wanted $2,500 a year insurance, to regroup the money they lost when they paid out on it, to the rich guy who wanted a new car. After 10 years I will have paid $36,000 for the 2017 car. Which only cost $20,000 when it was brand new. Insurance companies are scammers. If you're going to buy a rebuilt title or Salvage car, do not purchase insurance. You're paying for the rich guys mistake.

      about 4 months ago
    • Manuel Hernandez
      Manuel Hernandez

      Salvage cars are the best. Beats buying cars from a dealer.

      about 5 months ago
    • V. E.
      V. E.

      I bought an '02 Blazer w/ a salvaged title and don't care because I'll own it till I pass. It was a case of the insurance blues, as you mentioned, where the repair is more money than the value of the vehicle. I've already popped the dent in the driver's side out, but will also need to replace some of the curvy sheet metal down by the rocker panel. It'll be completely rebuilt by the time I'm done and will last as long as I need it.

      about 5 months ago
    • StrangeExplorations

      I almost bought a salvaged vehicle, and Iโ€™m glad I watched this first!

      about 5 months ago
    • Brain Russell
      Brain Russell

      Some great advice... respect from NM.

      about 6 months ago
    • HumbleMechanic
      HumbleMechanic In reply to Brain Russell

      Cheers and thank you

      about 6 months ago
    • AGreedyTree

      I'm thinking about buying a 2002 Saab 9-3 for $300. It has a turbocharger and a manual transmission. Both my PT Cruiser and Buick Century have 4 speed automatic transmissions. I'm moving from an apartment to a small house with a big yard. I live by myself and I know that the car has issues but at least it'll keep me busy. I'm also thinking about buying a motorcycle.

      about 6 months ago
    • Vladimir PutinYarbutt
      Vladimir PutinYarbutt

      8:55 looks like radio buttons collapsed into your eye sockets hahahaha

      about 6 months ago
    • HumbleMechanic
      HumbleMechanic In reply to Vladimir PutinYarbutt

      Cool observation

      about 6 months ago
    • All Things Cars
      All Things Cars

      Will buying a salvaged car cause your insurance rates to go up high?

      about 6 months ago
    • All Things Cars
      All Things Cars In reply to All Things Cars

      @HumbleMechanic okay, thanks. I will ask the insurance agency just to make sure. I'm contemplating whether or not to buy a '07 Ford Fusion (2.3 L 4-cylinder Mazda engine) with a salvaged title, but I'll take it to a mechanic. My current car 2004 Chevrolet impala with the 3.4 v6 is nickeling and diming me

      about 6 months ago
    • HumbleMechanic
      HumbleMechanic In reply to All Things Cars

      Possible. Iโ€™ve never had it come up

      about 6 months ago