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    Default Would you buy a vehicle with a rebuilt title?

    Looking to buy a new truck and I come across the odd one for sale with a rebuilt title and it got me thinking, would you buy a vehicle with a rebuilt title? Yes, no, why?
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    Depends on the vehicle and why it ended up in that status for.

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    Never ever, ever. Way too many variables and far too many un-qualified repair shops out there.

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    Depends. If it’s something cheap that I am gonna throw away after, sure. If something fancy that I plan to enjoy and hope to re-sell in the future then no.

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    Not unless it was close to free, the amount of shit repair I see on non rebuilt title vehicles alone is scary.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Twin_Cam_Turbo View Post
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    Not unless it was close to free, the amount of shit repair I see on non rebuilt title vehicles alone is scary.
    This! it would have to be majorly discounted for me to even consider it.
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    and I did not have the only say in the matter (most people just want it done ASAP and don't care about quality).
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    If anything we made a better decision because we had a consensus and were all on the same page.

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    I'd buy rebuilt on a vehicle only is 1) I was geeing a MASSIVE discount and 2), I intended to keep it a long time.

    Selling a rebuilt vehicle is a nightmare.

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    I love the ads that have "Rebuilt title due to mirror breaking off" or some ridiculous thing like that on a $30k vehicle. As for owning them, I have had a few but always just as beaters, would never buy anything of value with a branded title....mostly because the PITA it will be to sell it.

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    Agreed with what others have said. There's a shitload of rebuilt out there and the worst part is, most sellers hope buyers aren't savvy enough to ask so they don't say anything. If they do disclose, they'll try to downplay it.

    That said, if it got rebuilt because of hail I might consider it. But anything other than cosmetic, I wouldn't.

    Is hail damage purely considered cosmetic or is there an impact on mechanical that I'm unaware of?

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    If the nature of the salvage title and subsequent repairs and certification were fully documented, I would consider it on a case by case basis.

    There's a 2006 M3 Coupe 6MT ZCP w/ a rebuilt title that I'm interested in, but lacks documentation.

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    Nope. Life's too short

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    If it was a vehicle that I was familiar with, plus a proper mechanical inspection on top, plus I was planning on keeping it until it dies - yes.

    For a daily driver, esp. if its expensive - no.

    However the REASONS why it was written off are important as well.

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    For 1/2 the price of a similar, non-write off, yes.

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    Depending on seller, vehicle, why it was written off etc

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    Quote Originally Posted by rx7boi View Post
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    Agreed with what others have said. There's a shitload of rebuilt out there and the worst part is, most sellers hope buyers aren't savvy enough to ask so they don't say anything. If they do disclose, they'll try to downplay it.
    I was looking for a rav4 for my niece and there were quite a few that did not disclose it was rebuilt unless i asked for accidents and pretty much every reply i got back was "it was repaired better than new" The worst part is most would only discount a few hundred after i found out
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    and I did not have the only say in the matter (most people just want it done ASAP and don't care about quality).
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    If anything we made a better decision because we had a consensus and were all on the same page.

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    I owned a rebuilt Subaru WRX for 10 years and traded a same year non turbo high mileage Impreza plus $5k for it. Had no issues but Subarus are lego so I’d be more cautious with anything else. FYI, rebuilt status had no effect on insurance write off valuation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Darell_n View Post
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    FYI, rebuilt status had no effect on insurance write off valuation.
    this surprises me.

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    Older vehicles I'd be fine with it. Years back when my sister was in uni, i bought her a 2005 Acura EL with 126,000 km. Needed a bumper cover, headlamp, left fender and hood. Found all the parts at a wrecker (same color) for $800. All told we had $3500 invested in the car after all expenses. The inspection itself was very involved, they checked everything out thoroughly.. She had 5 trouble free years out of it before the Airdrie hailstorm wrote it off again (she received full market value too). It's all retaliative to the value of a vehicle, don't think I'd buy anything for more than 15k that had a salvage unless I planned to keep it forever.. I see plenty of high end vehicles with $30,000+ carfax repair claims when they were a year or two old. Same model vehicle gets into a fender bender in a parking lot 10 years later it'll be written off. Some would still buy the clean title vehicle thinking the salvaged would have some horrible issues.

    Body shops are very expensive. On a older car, a broken headlamp and grill can be enough to write it off.

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    I have in the past. Drove the car for 4~ years no issues at all.

    Didn't have a terrible time selling it either.

    Now would I? Would be very vehicle dependent and how badly I wanted said vehicle

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    Quote Originally Posted by ExtraSlow View Post
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    this surprises me.
    You and me both. I received double of what I expected.

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