So, I've been looking for cars now that we can actually save up some money and get one. A lot of the affordable ones have rebuilt/reconstructed/salvaged titles. What does that mean?
Oh I like it! Very cute. You're going to test drive any car you seriously consider buying right?Originally Posted by LilBigBug
Oh yeah, a link would probably help:
Yes, I will test drive it. Hopefully I just won't get lost as it's in an unfamiliar city.Originally Posted by fadeaway1289
Oh I like it! Very cute. You're going to test drive any car you seriously consider buying right?
I have always checked the carfax (www.carfax.com) on all cars that I looked at while car shopping. Just ask for the VIN number of the car or write it down yourself when you go to look at the car and then look up the number on the website. It will give you the detailed information about the car's history. It will let you know if the car was really owned by an elderly couple who only used it to go to church and back on Sundays!You seem to hear that story a lot while car shopping.
I agree to have a professional mechanic check it out too.
I'd be more concerned about the structural integrity of a vehicle that was previously totaled. Heaven forbid you get in a wreck or rollover and the car doesn't hold up like it should.Originally Posted by Empty_Shell
A safety inspection is a pretty minimal inspection and the only real concerns with that, is if the car is able to stop properly, signal lights working, and safe tires and the suspension, to some degree. Such an inspection doesn't care jack about the condition of the engine/transmission. Doesn't tell you if you're buying a "lemon".
Mine passed a safety inspection with a leaking water pump.
Cafax isn't free.Originally Posted by Fatman
pull a carfax on it and you will have a good idea of what happened.
another indication is that the insurance companies go to around 80% of the cars value before they consider the damage enough to total it. Find out who did the repairs on it too.
If the car is book value at 7000.00 for instance, and the damage was 6600 or more, how much damage would there have to be to reach that repair number?
be cautious, make sure your mechanic friends check for welds were they dont belong, open all doors and lift on them to see if they are tight on the hinge, open and close everthing. Look in the trunk for water stains that would indicate the trunk seal is bad. when you test drive it have one of the mechanics follow you from behind to make sure the car is tracking correctly.
If everything works out, buy and enjoy.. it is a kinda nice looking car.
That's why I test drive the car, and take people that know cars with me. I'm not spending $35 EVERY FREAKIN' TIME I want to see the history of a car. That's bull****, and I don't have that type of money.