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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Comments

    • Brain Russell
      Brain Russell

      Some great advice... respect from NM.

      about 20 days ago
    • HumbleMechanic
      HumbleMechanic In reply to Brain Russell

      Cheers and thank you

      about 18 days ago
    • AGreedyTree
      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 1 month ago
    • Vladimir PutinYarbutt
      Vladimir PutinYarbutt

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

      about 1 month ago
    • HumbleMechanic
      HumbleMechanic In reply to Vladimir PutinYarbutt

      Cool observation

      about 1 month ago
    • All Things Cars
      All Things Cars

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

      about 1 month 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 1 month ago
    • HumbleMechanic
      HumbleMechanic In reply to All Things Cars

      Possible. Iโ€™ve never had it come up

      about 1 month ago
    • Cesar Angel
      Cesar Angel

      Is it a good idea too buy a 2018 or 2019 truck salvage and fix it and sell it ?

      about 1 month ago
    • Cesar Angel
      Cesar Angel In reply to Cesar Angel

      HumbleMechanic is it good to buy a damage type biohazard truck?

      about 1 month ago
    • HumbleMechanic
      HumbleMechanic In reply to Cesar Angel

      It can be. Just be sure you have all your ducks in a row on the legal side

      about 1 month ago
    • Jeb Garcia
      Jeb Garcia

      I work near the boonies of san diego, there's plenty of backyard mechanics who fix up cars. Once i saw a car supposedly drive straight while pointed at 2oclock position I made a note not to buy anything near the area.

      about 1 month ago
    • JACK OF ALL TRADES / MASTER OF NONE!
      JACK OF ALL TRADES / MASTER OF NONE!

      you can go to gettitled.com and get a title w just a bill of sale. thats what i just did

      about 1 month ago
    • showgirls around the world a dancer family
      showgirls around the world a dancer family

      It depends on your local state laws on registration

      about 1 month ago
    • showgirls around the world a dancer family
      showgirls around the world a dancer family In reply to showgirls around the world a dancer family

      +jjbing3 basically true...Alabama has been problematic for year about salvage cars...you have to fix it to roadworthy but must have a licensed shop to approve it as roadworthy, then a state trooper and some other stuff...Florida is called a rebuilt title...but its hard and some people think its a great deal

      about 11 days ago
    • jjbing3
      jjbing3 In reply to showgirls around the world a dancer family

      showgirls around the world a dancer family This! Some states want blood for a salvage vehicle while others will let you register a skateboard ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿพโ€โ™‚๏ธ

      about 12 days ago
    • Wayne Buffin
      Wayne Buffin

      A car with a salvage title is only good for parts

      about 1 month ago
    • Mak 6
      Mak 6

      NEVER BUY A SALVAGED CAR!!! I used to do the whole salvaged car flipping thing so I know how all these things work. There is a lot of shady work going on! There are a lot of crazy ass people rebuilding cars that should never be on the road.

      about 1 month ago
    • Miracle Video Productions
      Miracle Video Productions

      Excellent breakdown!

      about 1 month ago
    • carlos Robles
      carlos Robles

      Hey humble mechanic i see the death wish coffee Sticker on the wall. Would you be interested in some super amazing coffee from a small town named Boone in nc i would love to send you a bag!!! If so let me know

      about 1 month ago
    • Ryan Toomey
      Ryan Toomey

      I once looked at a salvage title vehicle on Craigslist. It had an issue where the steering wheel was offset 90 degrees! Basically if the steering wheel was straight, the car turned, in order to drive straight, you had to have the steering wheel turned 90 degrees.

      about 1 month ago
    • Ryan Toomey
      Ryan Toomey

      NEVER, EVER buy a salvage vehicle that was flooded! It will have a lifetime of electrical problems.

      about 1 month ago
    • Chris C
      Chris C

      I've had clean title cars that brake down on me within the first few months and I've had salvge cars that are solid and run for ever so to me I feel salvge cars are worth it

      about 1 month ago
    • Chris C
      Chris C

      I bought many cars and just because a car is clean title doesn't mean it's never been crash it was just not reported to insurance

      about 1 month ago
    • HumbleMechanic
      HumbleMechanic In reply to Chris C

      That is very true!

      about 1 month ago
    • tomas netro
      tomas netro

      A brother of mine bought a 2011 colorado with a salvage title. So far its been a solid truck

      about 1 month ago
    • HumbleMechanic
      HumbleMechanic In reply to tomas netro

      NICE!

      about 1 month ago
    • Delilah love Quiroz
      Delilah love Quiroz

      Should I take a special mechanic with me to purchase a used car?

      about 1 month ago
    • HumbleMechanic
      HumbleMechanic In reply to Delilah love Quiroz

      I think that is a great idea

      about 1 month ago
    • amak1131
      amak1131

      The BIG thing is how the car is deemed a "total loss". If it isn't worth much to begin with, not much damage is required for it to be a "total loss". Could be as simple as a bumper being torn off.

      about 1 month ago
    • mario mendez
      mario mendez

      When I drive my car Is like I'm looking at 11 o'clock while the tires are pointing at 1 o'clock . Is that normal?

      about 2 months ago
    • HumbleMechanic
      HumbleMechanic In reply to mario mendez

      I am not totally sure what you are seeing. but if the car doesn't track straight or the steering wheel is off, start with an alignment

      about 1 month ago
    • Moo Kitty
      Moo Kitty

      Spend $100 on car inspection to buy a salvage titled car worth $1100-2000 seems pretty stupid. Imagine doing this 3 times bam youโ€™re down $300 which would have saved you whatever youโ€™re gonna offer. Better to just take 2000-2500 and buy a good non salvage car.

      about 2 months ago
    • BigHeadClan
      BigHeadClan

      I bought back my car after an accident to have a salvage inspection done for it because it was older and the repairs not too extensive, what I didn't expect was for the car to fail inspection because of some minor rust on the underside that was unrelated to the accident. I was aware of the issue beforehand just wasn't expecting it to be a flagged issue that would fail me.

      about 2 months ago
    • Orphan M8kER
      Orphan M8kER

      Wait real don't like how start vid. Last time I check and was in a accident the 80 min van I was in had scratch in bumper and new 2000 car had no front end. So might want switch that intro steel deff stonger then plastic

      about 2 months ago
    • Brian Dent
      Brian Dent

      HM: "...radio buttons collapse into themselves, because if they didn't they would collapse into your face (chuckles)..." Me: [subscribe]

      about 2 months ago
    • HumbleMechanic
      HumbleMechanic In reply to Brian Dent

      ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜‚

      about 2 months ago
    • Tai Wilson
      Tai Wilson

      typically no. i picked up a salvage golf mk3 with vr6 swap. it was a cheap need at the time, & a fun little learning/rebuild project that i later sold for a small profit

      about 2 months ago
    • Tai Wilson
      Tai Wilson In reply to Tai Wilson

      however the 06' GLI i got clean was later totalled by a 200lb. deer running in front. the drivers hid headlight assembly, fender,bumper corner, even the frame under it was mashed. insurance decided to total that. could have kept it as salvage, was still drivable. but got the money to get an 08' R32 instead, much happier!

      about 2 months ago
    • RC Hobbyist Extreme
      RC Hobbyist Extreme

      Thats all you see on the You Tubes now. Sam Crac and the Mod Squad are dragging home Copart cars and dumping tons of money into them then making it look like they got a great deal. I explained that just because they get the car recertified to drive doesnt mean anything. A salvage title cannot be changed. Even a recertified or retitled vehicle should tell you the car is a risk. As far as value? A wrecked and rebuilt Hell Cat is NOT going to be worth even HALF of what a clean titled car is worth. Even if they tell you this. Once a vehicle has been crashed, its NEVER going to be the same. FLOOD cars are scrap. As far as I am concerned no flood car should be slod as a whole vehicle. It should be labled as a cetificate for destruction. Frame damage is permenent. Welding parts onto a damaged vehicle compromises its structual integrity. If that vehicle gets hit again in the same place, the area that was welded may not react the way it was before.It may fold that front engine mount right into the cabin and impale the occupant. Those people that care less and still do these are IDIOTS. I wouldnt BUY a salvage vehicle that has frame damage that was rebuilt.
      Nothing like buying a vehicle for $8 grand, then finding out you CANNOT sell it because it has no value and Kelly Blue Book and Car Facts flags it as salvage. NICE!

      about 2 months ago
    • Barrasali Ahmed
      Barrasali Ahmed

      watching your old veds are always as fresh as the new ones. Thank you for the effort, and honesty.

      about 2 months ago
    • Brandon B
      Brandon B

      I'm about to buy a salvage title car, no major damage, the previous owner was a addict, couldn't afford the tow and storage bill so my boss got the title, the u fortunate thing with that is they'll automatically give it a salvage title

      about 2 months ago
    • Brandon B
      Brandon B In reply to Brandon B

      +HumbleMechanic My boss is very generous. He usually let's cars go for around scrap in case they're junk. I agree as far as a salvage title goes it means nothing as long as the work is done properly, as someone who works at a body shop I can tell you if it's a reputable shop the cars can come better put together than the factory

      about 2 months ago
    • HumbleMechanic
      HumbleMechanic In reply to Brandon B

      Oh man thatโ€™s good for you if the price is right

      about 2 months ago
    • Alex Montanez
      Alex Montanez

      Wilson how do you feel about buying a brand new 2018 salvage car with prior water damage?

      about 3 months ago
    • HumbleMechanic
      HumbleMechanic In reply to Alex Montanez

      Depends on the level of damage. Did it sit with 6โ€ of water for 6 months? The. Hell no

      about 2 months ago
    • Gloxxify
      Gloxxify

      If you drive a salvage title car, I assume you're a 20 year old with poor credit who wanted a entry level luxury brand from his uncles buy here-pay here lot.

      about 3 months ago
    • Jill Marie
      Jill Marie In reply to Gloxxify

      Orrr you crashed your car and fixed it because you could fix it for a lot cheaper than you could buy another car. Insurance totaled my car for strictly cosmetic damages. Only cost me 1500$ to fix but they totaled it and gave me 3500$

      about 1 month ago
    • Jaquez Norton
      Jaquez Norton In reply to Gloxxify

      Gloxxify how did you knooowwww ๐Ÿคฃ

      about 2 months ago