04 V Raven
It may be true that you cannot sell the car without disclosing the fact that it has a salvage title but I don't think there is any absolute prohibitiion against driving such car as long as it has been repaired enough to pass state inspections. At one time you could move such a car to a different state and retitle without the salvage disclosure, but they may have closed that loop hole. The salvage title merely indicates that some insurance company decided that the cost of the required repairs exceeded the value of the car.Absolutely not a bargain unless you need drive train or something major like that.
YOU CANNOT GET A CLEAN TITLE FOR THIS CAR--IN ANY STATE.
Notes on body work:
1. Body shop bought factory sticker on plastic cover over radiator. They pay $40 for them. Installing factory stickers gives impression that car has not had any front end damage. Many body shops do not want to buy the stickers.
2. Body shop forgot to paint bolts (in same color as fender) on driver side.
3. Lining up of hood and grill give away the prior damage.
Again, you cannot legally drive this car in the US of A.
Interesting that seller shows current tags on it.
My post just went to the general subject of salvage title cars being "street legal.". I have no doubt that the particular car that gave rise to this thread has some undisclosed "surprise" for its new owner.Now that would be cool. Why buy a new car to take chance on trashing it. If you buy it trashed (salvage title) then no need to worry about getting a salvage title.
Man, you guy's are always thinking!
I would ask them if the frame (uni-body) is straight though. Seems like replacing the parts they say they did should still fall under the replacement cost of the car.
Yes, the sum of the parts is likely more than the whole.Hell- if you could buy it for under 10k, you could recoup a large part of the investment selling stock parts to CTS guys (exhaust, interior, xenons, sways, shocks, springs, NAV, etc).
I'm actually considering looking into this car.....
When you take car to DMV, and they see Salvage Title stamped on it, they will issue another salvage title. They will not issue tags.If you know what the deal is with it and you still want it, then there is no reason you shouldn't get it. The only thing thing wrong with the salvage title is that you can't sell it with a clean title, but if you got it cheap then you probably wouldn't loose much anyway.
You can absolutely drive a car with a salvage title. No state has a problem with that.