Why would anyone purchase a vehicle with a salvage title? After 35 years of owning a BMW, Mini and M/Benz repair shop, I saw numerous people attempting to defy the financial reality of a salavged car. The general attitude was that "now I can afford to have a BMW". I would tell them no, this is not the way you can afford a BMW. This is the most expensive, unrewarding way to own a BMW. The insurance companies 'total' a car based on their repair cost analysis based on proper repairs also incorporating safety requirements. Those who chose to 'rebuild' one of these totaled vehicles are basing their cost justification on doing the work themselves or a less than qualified 'shop'. I saw a lot of corners cut during the refurbishment that left out concern for safety in an attempt to keep the overall cost reasonable. Reasonable costs thresholds were already determined by the insurance companies when they totalled the vehicle, how can non-professionals think they can defy repair reality? Also, what about long term issues with the totaled vehicle that an inspection today can not reveal i.e. mold, corrosion in control units, wiring issues, used replacement parts, unprogrammed used control units, poor aluminum weld repairs, poor composite repairs, deletion of airbags, non-replacement of required control units, etc. I saw it all and there is no cost justification. Will the insurance company insure a known totaled car? What are you going to do with this 'Frankenmobile" when you done with it? Who are you going to sell it to? Are you willing to assume some liability if someone is injured or worse?
As many good used cars that are out there to purchase WHY would you even consider purchasing junk with your hard earned money? Do not waste your money.
My 2cents worth. This is not meant to start a s*it-storm. It is meant to help you not make a mistake.
Last edited by RoadJager
on Sun Oct 22, 2017 9:28 am, edited 1 time in total.
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