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Rebuilt Title means that the vehicle was seriously damaged. Buy only if you checked VIN history and know what exactly happened. Be cautious about airbag deployment in the history!

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Is Rebuilt Title a Good Buy?

Should I buy a rebuilt vehicle?

As with any used car, the answer can be both positive and negative depending on a number of factors becaue a rebuilt vehicle is a too general term. Rebuilt vehicles can be great and save you tons of money, but they aren't for everyone. With a reconstructed auto you know for sure that once it had a salvage title, which means it was either damaged or got a rebuilt title after theft recovery. A good rebuilt vehicle is the one that didn't have severe damage, or had severe damage but was properly repaired, and can be insured. As it is really difficult to determine where repair jobs were done as required (unless you are a qualified mechanic or hire one), you should aim at vehicles that suffered insignificant damage. And you should avoid vehicles with airbag deployment records anywhere in their history or hire an expert who can tell whether airbag are functional if you discover such records and still want that vehicle. The airbag issue is not only about rebuilt vehicles. But when buying such a type, one may be concerned only about the accident that totaled the vehicle, the branded title and forget about other risks hidden in the past.

From insurance view point, as a rule, liability coverage is not a problem, but getting full coverage may be quite a task. Before you buy a rebuilt title, get quotes from insurance companies that cover such vehicles.Typically, these are larger companies like State Farm, GEICO, AllState or Progressive that can [insure rebuilt titles]((@static/main/rebuilt-title-insurance.md).

By definition and according to the state's law, a rebuilt title is good enough to be safely used on the road - in most states. It means that the vehicle is no longer in a damaged state. However, assessment of roadworthiness by the state inspection bodies has safety requirements as the major criteria, it doesn't take into account your repair expenses down the road or your chances to sell it. Just as you are now uncertain whether a rebuilt title is good or bad, so will be your potential buyers, and even more because the vehicle will get older by that time and a rebuilt title is for life - there is no legal way to clear it. Please note that not disclosing the history of your title to the buyer is illegal. Any rebuilt auto is a burden on your pocket because it's not a good investment with low resale or trade-in value. From this view point, a rebuilt title is a bad deal. Read more about the dangers of rebuilt titles.

Consider the manufacturing year...an older car may be worth it!

In fact, quite often a rebuilt title being good or bad depends on the year of manufacturing. First, as was mentioned multiple times, the older the vehicle the lower the threshold of repair costs for it to get totaled and get a salvage title. For all the vehicles of the same make and model and identical damage, the cost of repair works are approximately the same and that's matters. The ratio "repair cost to market value" when a vehicle gets written off is generally about 75%, which means that how bad a car should be damaged to become a salvage nuch depends on the age of the vehicle. The newer the car, the larger estimated repair cost should be to get a salvage title, and, accordingly, the more severe the damage. From this view point, a older rebuilt title cars are safer, for the damage should be not that serious, sometimes even minor damage is enough to total out a car, like hail damage, srcatches, even fender-bender. And the major parts like engine, frame, chassis, transmission should are ok. The value of such rebuilt titles may also be higher, as well as you chance to resell and finance it at least partially. However, buying a 20-year old rebuilt title or older is also not good idea - maintenance costs may rip you off unless you can get find some parts yourself and fix it on your own.

Only considering all of the above these factors, you can tell if a rebuilt title is worth buying. We hope this information helps you get a very good deal on a rebuilt title car.

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