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Salvage Title

06-29-2003, 11:29 AM
What do you guys think about Hail Damage Salvage Title cars. Im looking at a white 99 ex coupe for a sweet price. The pictures of it look good and I'm going to see it in person later. The guy claims that the engine works perfect and the car has really low mileage. (I currently have a 96 dx sedan :frown: ) Any advice greatly appreciated :biggrin:

06-29-2003, 12:21 PM
Never pay more than half of what the cars worth on anything other than clean titles.

06-29-2003, 02:41 PM

hail damage? as in the car is dented up all to piss? any glass left on it? Can you do body work?

if you can get it cheap, and you can fix the dings, (assuming they haven't already been fixed hence the new title) go for it. gonna be A WHOLE LOTTA WORK, but....could be worth it.

06-29-2003, 03:49 PM
Hail damage can be repaired by a paintless dent repair tech. I wouldn't pay more than 1/4 value for the car. The car will always have a salvage title, good luck selling or tradind in.

06-29-2003, 10:09 PM
depends on what the good deal is, i wouldnt pay more than half with a salvage title....and like he siad resale value that way...


07-19-2003, 09:13 AM
Have you looked at this yet, or got it ?
Has it been repaired yet, or was it being sold damaged.
As one who is in ins, I can tell you for sure salvage on that year a car goes for about 20% when it left the ins company.

07-19-2003, 06:58 PM
Ive seen hail... there is no way hail damage would total a car. Someone is lying to you - stay away.

07-19-2003, 11:07 PM
Hail damage DOES total the car out in some cases.

07-20-2003, 12:52 AM
Originally posted by jackasssi
Hail damage DOES total the car out in some cases.
Yeah, if the hail is metal, shaped like an SUV, and t-bones the car at 45 mph....

07-20-2003, 01:07 AM
Obviously you have never seen major hail damage when all body panel are completely dented along with all windows shattered.

Totalled means - the repairs cost more than the car is worth or the car is unrepairable

07-20-2003, 01:34 AM
The car was repaired when I saw it and they did a good job. I saw pictures of it before they fixed it up and it looked bad. I guess there is some hail out there that is lethal to your car - sux if you dont have a garage:lol: Anyways, the motor was filthy and neglected so I'm still looking

07-20-2003, 06:15 AM
I am a damage appraiser for a insurance co. I have totaled hundreds of cars do to hail. Here is CNN link you might like

07-20-2003, 11:28 AM
[QUOTE]Originally posted by ThePDRCZAR
[B]I am a damage appraiser for a insurance co. I have totaled hundreds of cars do to hail. Here is CNN link you might like

See hail damage does total cars!!!!!!!!!!!! When you work in the auto industry for many years, you tend to know these things but anyways . . . .

07-20-2003, 04:24 PM
Now in Sparq's defense, he may have a point. YES, hail can damage a car enough to total it out. However, as was stated, when an insurance company totals a car, it is because the damage repair cost exceeds the car's value. We don't know what the extent of the hail damage was, or, for that matter, what the condition of the car was before the hail damage.

I could have been a gorgeous car with low miles and well maintained, and victim to one wompass hail storm.

Or it could've been a waining honda, somewhere around 85K miles and up, and as we all know, needing a lot of things replaced, (timing belt, CV boots/joints, clutch, etc.) and a small ammount of hail damage could have totaled it.

It's a weighted decision, and without more info about the car and the damage caused, I don't believe that any of us can make the call. So, DizzyDy, make an informed judgement based on the car's worth and the damage caused and what they are asking for it, baring in mind the salvage title on it.

07-20-2003, 11:56 PM
1 more thing to add about salvage titles in general :: Insurance companies will NOT give full coverage.

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