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Post Info TOPIC: Would you consider a rebuilt title tow vehicle ?


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I have been buying rebuilt title cars for me and my 3 teen/twenties kids for several years. Normally I can buy them for 60-65% of normal priced same vehicle. I have been watching several f350's and other well equipped tow vehicles on eBay. I am a couple years from the dream. Any opinions or experiences to share?  It can shave $10-15,000 off my start up costs.

Rebuilt title is given when a vehicle has been deemed too expensive to fix and they pay off the owner. It could be from a wreck, flood, hail, stolen, etc.  They sell at auction, shop fixes them up, and sells as rebuilt.  The factory warranty is void.  I have had great luck so far with cars, but....



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Selling vehicles with a rebuilt title is a very easy for a stolen vehicle or vehicle parts to be sold. A thief or chop shop can easily substitute an engine, transmission or other major part into a vehicle with this kind of title and an unsuspecting buyer will buy it. If found by the police, buyer will lose the vehicle.



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In Illinois a stolen vehicle automatically gets a rebuilt title and I have purchased one of those which ended up being one of the best vehicles owned. But I personally would not buy one as a full timer pulling a 5th wheel.  I consider the tow vehicle as part of the house and want to know the full history of the vehicle.

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I would......if it passed my inspection and passed the blue slip requirement in NH (VIN Inspection requirement ) its all about budget if it fills the need it works!

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See many of them on craigslist that the buyer wants to resell!! I definitely would want a way of checking to see if it was in a flood with all the new fangled computer controlled systems in a vehicle; and diesels do have computers also!

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Sounds like you are already versed on this subject!

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We have purchased four cars with rebuilder titles. They were all two to three years old with 20 to 30 thousand miles. The guy would buy cars from auction and always had several waiting to rebuild. We would see the cars before they had been repaired so we knew what damage had been done. He would work on which ever one he had someone interested in. They all have been great cars at a fraction of what one would have been without the rebuilder title. I think it is important to know what the damage was so you know what you should be checking. I would steer away from any flood vehicles. Everyone I talk to says they can be problem prone a year or two down the road and sometimes never get all to bugs out.

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jayc wrote:

Selling vehicles with a rebuilt title is a very easy for a stolen vehicle or vehicle parts to be sold. A thief or chop shop can easily substitute an engine, transmission or other major part into a vehicle with this kind of title and an unsuspecting buyer will buy it. If found by the police, buyer will lose the vehicle.


Not sure about the "very easy" situation but certainly a possibility in limited circumstances ?  Certainly flood vehicles are rebuilts one should avoid. A vehicle that was in a accident and repaired properly

would be a vehicle a person could consider buying assuming its repaired correctly but where iam from there are several checks and balances one goes through before receiving valid registration

I suggest one should have the before pictures, a total description of work performed and by what shop,A parts installed list, a body and mechanical inspection report, a wheel alinement certification

before considering such a vehicle

 



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I really don't know personally how "easy" it is, but I've seen and seized a lot of them.



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Having been burned once by buying a rebuilt car, I am very hesitant to do it again. A few months later metal fatigue reared its head and a motor mount broke.

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jayc wrote:

I really don't know personally how "easy" it is, but I've seen and seized a lot of them.


I guess if your in a state that does not have a very good control system in place its a likely situation you have encountered. where I come from the standards

required when rebuilding and getting clear title to a rebuilt vehicle the senerio you described  is extremely remote. possible

yes but extremely unlikly 

 



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When I look for a used vehicle I try and find a seller who has bought a new vehicle and kept his old one as they knew they could sell it outright for more cash than the dealer would allow on a trade-in. I also ask about their service schedule. If a Carfax has been done if the price is near or at book value!

This limits the possibility of getting a rebuilt that is defective! JMHO!

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Nope. 



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LarryW21 wrote:

Nope. 


 X2 ^^

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Make sure you check your insurance laws. Some states and companies do not like rebuilt or salvage titles. Since it is pulling a RV they may have a concern that would be different than if it was a standalone vehicle.

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