Why Not to Buy a Salvage Car

Why Not to Buy a Salvage Car


rev up your engines,
combo says should I buy a used car with a salvage title, what is a salvage title
thanks from Hawaii, not a good idea ever to buy a car with a salvage title, a salvage
title means this, an insurance company totaled that vehicle, was either wrecked,
flooded, stolen, smashed up, something bad happened to it, then somebody buys that
car from the insurance company really cheap, so you’re getting a car that was
totally by an insurance company, and insurance companies told them for very
good reasons, they don’t just ladi da Oh well will total this one, we won’t total
that one, no when they really messed up they told them, so it’s never a good idea
to buy those, the only way that it’s good is if you know the truth, like if you see
one and it’s got dings all over the roof in the hood from hail damage, then an
insurance company will total it, if it was only hail damage the car could run
perfectly fine, you’d just be driving around with a car that’s got a million dimples
in it, Brant says a brand new Lexus ES 300H is it a good car to buy, their
well-made cars, but like I always say I am NOT a fan of hybrid cars, their
technology is so high and when they do break down it costs so much, I’ve had
customers buy Lexus hybrids and loved the car, until they got to be eight or nine
years old, and when stuff started to break, Oh man those parts were
expensive on those cars, even something like the switch for the electric
windows the main one were like 400 something dollars for a little switch
assembly, they are expensive as they age I personally if I was getting a Lexus I’d
get a non-hybrid, it’s your money do whatever you want with it, but just realize as it
ages you’re gonna have much higher repair bills with a hybrid than you are
with a non hybrid, Nicolas Provo says both my
front brake hoses blew after I hit a pothole, how can this happen, well you must have a
pretty old car, because the brake hoses are made under a burst pressure that’s
supposed to be about ten times what you’re normally going to step on it
you must have an old vehicle, I’m assuming you hit a pothole and if it was
a really deep pothole, it’s gonna make your tires go really down and then up
and cram them in, that’s gonna stretch the hoses, and being old and having them
stretched, that’s probably what popped them, realize
your hoses are to let the suspension go up and down and your wheels to turn and
of course the most their ever gonna do is you hit a big pothole and they’re gonna go
down, and then when you come up they’re gonna go up, and that could be enough to
actually rip them and make them tear when they’re old, maxim kelly says hey
scotty what do you think about learning to drive a manual transmission, it’s a
good idea you know I mean I learned on an automatic chevy and then I bought
an Opel when I was a kid, I already have my license, it took me five minutes to
learn how to drive a standard transmission cuz I already knew how to
drive, in my father’s generation where they learned how to drive on a standard
transmission, whoo wee man that would have been hard to do, cuz getting the
clutch, the peddle and the brake and everything all set up, and you’re
learning how to drive, that’s a hard deal, but once you already have a license and
you know how to drive, the best thing is they all have hyrdaulic clutches and the
shifter is usually on the floor very smooth, they’re very easy to learn how to
drive, you can do it in an empty parking lot on the weekend somewhere, it’s the
best way to do it, it’s how I taught my kids, the
acerbic atheist says, how do I get smell from spilled bong water out of seat, ha
ha good look at that one, I found that the best thing to do, that resolve
cleaner that comes in a spray can and red spray can, that stuff’s pretty good,
it’s got I guess the same thing as that oxy cleaner they used to advertise
on TV, and it’s pretty good at getting stains and smells out, and what you can
also do is, there are guys you can pay they will ultrasonically clean your
seats, and then they have really good cleaners that can not only suck that all out,
they can do it three or four times they can have special ionic cleaners,
that they’ll stick in the whole car and leave it there all night, full blast to try
to get all the stench out of the car and sometimes that worked quite well, I had
people that you know threw up in cars and stuff party people, and they left it
overnight with the guys they left their machines hooked up, the next day the
smells were gone, y2k XZ says do you miss the snow Scotty, well I was born in
Niagara Falls and I miss it theoretically, it looks nice but I don’t
miss working in it, I don’t miss shoveling the snow, cuz when I
was young nobody had a snowblower and my
family is too cheap anyways, even years later we were out there with a shovel
shoveling it by hand, I don’t miss driving in it where people are sliding and
smashing into each other, when I want to see snow, I do stuff like get in a jet
airplane and go to Lake Tahoe, last year I went to Vancouver and went to Whistler
I mean it was beautiful there, but I don’t want to live in it anymore, so if you
never want to miss another one of my new car repair videos, remember to ring
that Bell!

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  2. Rev up your salvage car engines!!!!…

    …after you use your years of in depth know how, good parts at best prices connections, and rebuild that sucker yourself!

  3. Heya Scotty I live in Chicago, I drive a 2011 Dodge Durango Citadel with 130,000 miles, It's starting to drag when I slowly accelerate but when I put my foot down it goes, Also has a weird ticking sound when I accelerate what could it be?

  4. I have bought several salvage cars and had good cars. The last one i bought i gave to my grandson it only needed a fuel pump.

  5. Here is Nashville on Nolensville road there are plenty of buy here pay here dealership owned by middle east ppl and all they sell is rebuilt wrecked cars

  6. 1:30. Looks just like the one that was in my parent's old '97 Toyota Corolla DX. The one pictured just seems to have a different trim face-plate on it.

  7. Hi Scotty. I am planning to buy either impreza or hatchback civic with manual transmission. The only thing that makes me think about Subaru over Honda is the electronic ebrake in Honda. What do u think about electronic ebrakes?

  8. Scotty, can not agree with your acessment on ins. Co. Had a friend with a mint 2003 Avalanche ( fully loaded) took to a ( known mechanic) for a oil leak on the valve covers. The garage caught the tops the 5.3 engine on fire.then hit it with a fire extinguisher. The garage ins. Co. Would not do anything to cover damage either would the owner. My friends ins. Co. Totaled it because a new engine would cost 4500$ to replace it. He bought it back paid for a new engine and had it installed. After paying ins. On the vehicle for all those years the ins. Co told him they wanted 3000$ to buy his own vehicle back even though the did not spend any money on it. They claimed that because he called them about what happened they said he made an insurance claim and they now own it even though my friend held a free and clear title to it! This still has me mad! Nothing but legal Government mandated THIVES ! Anyone reading this drop your ins. To bare minimum when the automobile is 6 years old. The ins co. will total it. Not worth repairing them. That's what they will tell you. Crooks all of the ins. Co. Oh, ya! I almost forgot to tell you that you lost 5000$ as soon as tou signed the purchase agreement on your new car.

  9. My challenger has a salvage title. previous owner and i have been driving it for the past 4 years now. zero issues. You can get lucky. But I'd never buy a salvage car again im not pushing my luck lol

  10. Insurance companies are getting super lazy with totalling cars. It seems like anything over 3 years old with minimal damage can get totalled. Plus you can ask the body shop to push for a total just so you can collect insurance money and buy a new car. Salvage titles aren't always bad, you just have to know what to look for and do your research before buying it.

  11. Some insurance companies won't insure a car with a salvaged title and when you go to sell it at some point in the future , The salvaged title will make it much harder to sell…

  12. Hey Scotty, I have a 2004 GMC ENVOY… the light to the radio blew out so I can't change anything on the stereo. I'd like to replace the stock stereo system with a really good after market system and new speakers. What kind of system would you recommend and is it something that I can replace myself or should I have a shop do it ? I have a really bad habit of blowing speakers cus I like it really loud !! Thanks for all the help you have given me in your different videos.

  13. Dude you are basically saying and all your videos things that you don't like that's all you're doing it may not sound like it but you are

  14. It could be worth buying a car with a salvage title if you're planning to restore it. Some cars are worth saving.

  15. Its fine if your using the salvage car as a donor, have a 510, an used a wrecked s14 parts on convert everything.

  16. Hi i work at an insurance acution. My thoughts is i would pass on these cars as a whole. But you can get good parts if you know what your looking at. There are some nice cars that are still good but seems like there older models. Btw i see you like toyotas iv seen alot with lots of miles 300k plus lol still going, Even running with pretty bad damage. My advise is watch the little dealers around the corner they by cars from use and triple the money all the time. We sell to mexico and africa and the laws are diffrent there iv heard. They can drive cars with junk titles scary…

  17. Only reasons to buy a salvage car is if you're looking to restore a showpiece or you're in the business of salvaging auto parts for resale.

  18. I have thought about learning to drive a stick and having a standard transmission in my next car. However, nearly all of my driving is stop-and-go city driving, and my understanding is that standard transmissions do not work very well under those conditions. Your thoughts?

  19. Great. I'm sitting here in Fairfield, CT watching that last bit thinking, "Snow IS pretty, but, yeah, other than that, it sucks." But I love New England for the change of the seasons, and I really like being 45 minutes from Manhattan. If I ever make it big I'll spend winters in Bermuda.

  20. Also in Texas you can’t get full coverage with a salvage title.

    The car can also be totaled because it cost more to repair than its worth. Doesn’t always mean it’s damaged beyond repair.

  21. scotty shout outs from san antonio, but on the salvage topic, ive been flipping cars as a hobby and insurance companies will total anything, even if it just has a small ding, so i wouldnt be so confident that the cars they total out cant be good reliable cars anymore.
    if your still reading this far thanks for the tutorial videos!!

  22. There is collusion between insurance companies and "dealers"' who sell salvage cars. Why? Do insurance companies hold auctions for anybody to buy?

  23. Disagree. I bought a 2012 Corolla with 40000 range miles. Nada 12500. Paid 5000 because salvage title and car was rebuilt like new. Carfax showed rear end damage only and nothing in front end. If front end damage stay away because engine, electrical and computer parts. Rear end simple to fix and gas tank. Whoopee. Drive car 67000 plus miles and only oil changes needed. Best deal ever

  24. "totaled" just means it might cost more to repair than the market value of the car. you could have a 15 year old car with 50K on it with a dented truck lid and broken tail light and it would be "totaled."

  25. I get a German title and description text.
    But they are both not very useful (bad translation)… in the future please let us have the original texts again – thank you.

  26. Billy Mays here with Bong Water Removal, you can see it pulls the Bong Water right out of the seats!

  27. If you truly know what you’re doing you can buy — and sell — salvage cars all day. Many, many salvage situations have nothing to do with mechanical damage at all. Many are cosmetic, and absurdly so.

    Back in the early 2000s I made a mint buying and selling salvage cars. Many of them I sold to neighbors and friends at great deals and some still have and drive them to this day.

  28. Have a salvage Toyota Tundra 4×4 crew cab. bought it in Denver with 84k and replaced the left front hub and lower control arm. The bumper has a small crack and park light a broken tab but had it for two years and is a life saver driving weekly between Kansas and Minneapolis.

  29. Never buying a salvage title car again, mainly due to having to wait 6 weeks for my 15 min appointment with the state patrol inspection. It was a total pain having a car I could not license.

  30. I read that air bag deployment at relatively low speed can total the car due to dashboard damage. Is this true?

  31. Hi Scotty Kilmer, I’m a college student who drives a 1999 Honda Civic with 230,000 miles . I’m debating whether to purchase a newer used car or keep the Honda Civic. I’m worried if I keep my Honda Civic repairs will get too high. What do you think?

  32. Insurance companies deem the car “total damage” for the absolute dumbest reasons sometimes. Its great to buy if you know the whole history behind it. Personally, its all business. They will do what they can to keep more money in their pockets at the end of the day. They dont care about the car. They care about keeping their pockets full.

  33. Actually the tranny or motor could be going out. At the right angle someone can make hail damage with rocks. Also what you should warn about is flood cars considering your in houston. The auction will never tell how long the car or how deep it was in water at times….

  34. I have bought over 20 salvage vehicles and fixed them myself. Drive the heck out of them. Sell them two years later for what I paid for them.

  35. I bought a savaged title Corvette,it was restored and restored 100%,I used it for 3 yrs,never had an issue with it,sold it for what I paid for it,a 2005 for 5k in 2009,no one noticed anything,I sold it and had to disclose that it was a savaged car….As long as you know,I see nothing wrong with buying one.

  36. I have 3 nice newer cars with salvage titles, one of them just had the fender and bumper damaged, easy to replace. Sorry I can get practically new cars for nothing, they do salvage cars for stupid reasons, wonder if they even look at some of them.

  37. i BOUGHT A 2014 ZL1 CONTROVERTIBLE SUPERCHARGED CAMARO THAT HAD 6" WATER IN IT WITH 3,300.00 MILES THAT WAS IN HIS GARAGE DURING HURRICANE HARVEY AND THE LAKE ROSE NEXT TO HIS HOUSE. BOUGHT IT FOR LESS THAN HALF OF BOOK VALUE AT THE TIME. I DROVE IT OFF THE TRANSPORT TRUCK RIGHT INTO MY SHOP, SPENT 1,000.00 ON GM CARPET AND COUPLE OF FLOOR PLUGS. I NOW HAVE 16,000 MILES ON IT AND IT HAS BEEN A PERFECT VERY FAST CAR. THE REASON THEY TOTALED IT IS BECAUSE THEY HAD 33,000 CARS TO PROCESS IN HURRICANE HARVEY AND WAS EASIER TO DO THAT THEN TRY TO PICK AND CHOOSE WHAT TO REPAIR. AND THE GUY THAT OWNED IT HAD FULL REPLACEMENT ON HIS INSURANCE. VERY HAPPY WITH THIS PURCHASE. I OWN A BODY SHOP AND COULD NEVER FIGURE OUT WHY I HAVE REPAIRED CARS FOR INSURANCE THAT ARE WAY WORSE OFF THAN SOME OF THE RE BUILDERS I BUY. NOW I DRIVE A 45K CAR WITH NO PAYMENTS!!

  38. have a salvage car now… the one before was salvage… and the one before and the one before… and the one before…. bought a clean title one some time back, still had issues.
    nothing wrong w salvage, if you know how it was damaged and how it was fixed. not every salvage car is hit hard and has airbags deployed. fwiw

  39. I'm calling BS right here Scotty the insurance will total it based off the adjuster's personal opinion example my 01 Tacoma had about $2,500 worth of damage on the front bumper cuz if someone hit it his insurance one of the total it out because my truck had 290 K miles on it well I got my insurance involved they fixed it and the truck is now at 436 thousand miles The Body Shop said the adjuster was just some young 22 year old girl it took one look at my truck and said it was a piece of s*** literally

  40. @Scotty Kilmer, he should look up vin number right on google, it might show previous auction listing and real damage it had. Salvage should be a lot less money than same car with normal title. Another good idea is lemon cars, lemon is just someone brought it to dealer 3 times or more for repair.

  41. I BOUGHT A BMW M3 SALVAGED FROM THEFT IN FLORIDA.. GOT IT LEGALIZED IN KENTUCKY AND BEEN DRIVING IT IN ILLINOIS FOR 10 YEARS.. I GOT LUCKY I GUESS..

  42. Old man has no idea what he’s talking about. You just have to be careful when searching for one and make sure the damage isn’t too crazy

  43. Man, I lived in Chicago and North Dakota and since living in San Antonio for the past 4 years, I could not agree with you anymore about the snow. Im a high school senior and I have already found where I want to retire.

  44. I'm going to have to disagree with you a little on the fact that insurance companies total cars for a good reason. I just bought a 2012 Subaru Forester and it only took a little over $3k to fix it which was about 1/3 of what the car was worth. Why would they total that car with that little damage? It doesn't make sense to me.

  45. Salvage is best…I bought many and sold people so happy. Better quality then clean…low miles cheap price

  46. Disagree. If it's bodywork with no frame damage and the repair was done right than you can get a really good deal. Get a pre-purchase inspection from a mechanic/brand authorized dealership you trust and they'll tell you if the repair was done right. Look at seams between door and the front/rear quarterpanels and hood/bumper and it will be pretty obvious that it's been replaced if the seams don't line up.

  47. Love your videos so much, so grateful because I’ve always been taken advantage of for my ignorance on cars. thank you ❤️👌🏼🙏

  48. Scotty,
    What about Branded Titles? I have been looking at a 2017 Chevy Volt with a Branded title which was related to an issue with the Adaptive Cruise Control which has been fixed via GM. There is not a scratch on this vehicle and looks like new. The service history do not indicate any other records of mechanical issues. In Utah many are buying these branded title cars from CA which apparently will lemon law a vehicle for too many complaints regardless of the complaint like a faulty window regulator or in this case cruise control.

  49. what about rebuilt titles? Is there a way to see what damage it was that caused the insurance company to previously declare it totaled?

  50. I bought a car with theft history, less than a year old and with a little over 2k miles. Paid 60% of its value and it's been an excellent car. But I'm not sure I'd buy a car that's been wrecked and totaled, as those can be a hit or miss.

  51. love Scotty, but gotta disagree with him on branded titles. they can be ok or terrible, depends a lot on the seller and the type of damage that totaled the car. you can type the VIN into google images and usually see the type of damage on an auction site. the insurance companies formulas can be absurd — "minor smashed fender? $8000 to repair on a $10,000 vehicle, total loss!" a reputable seller will be upfront and show the before pics and explain what they fixed. my current car is a salvage title, all it needed after a crash was a bumper, grille and radiator.

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