What should buyers know about rebuilt or revived salvage vehicles?
A revived salvage title means the vehicle was repaired or rebuilt and passed inspection. While the vehicle can now be registered and driven, insurance options may still be limited, according to Mock.
One thing to be on the lookout for is a practice referred to as “title washing” where fraudsters remove important information, such as a salvage title, to trick consumers into paying more. Not only could this lead to a higher price, but it could also mask potential safety issues. To avoid scams like this, it’s important to check the vehicle’s history through CarFax using the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) before buying.
Does it make sense to buy a car with a salvage title?
Given how costly it is to buy a used or new car right now, seeing a lower price tag can feel like a good thing. But if there’s a salvage title or a rebuilt or revived salvage title, it could spell trouble and be more hassle than it’s worth.
“Generally speaking, buying a vehicle with a salvage title is not recommended,” Mock says. “There are often more issues discovered after the purchase, and these can be safety related issues.”
So what should you do instead? You “would be much better off trying to find an inexpensive used car with a relatively clean vehicle history, some worth to it, and a solid insurance policy,” says Bausch. That way you know what you’re getting into and have less risk when buying a car.