salvage title on a V70 XC??

Discussion in 'Volvo V70' started by Kate, Nov 17, 2003.

  1. Kate

    Kate Guest

    my husband found a listing for a 1999 V70 VC with 80,000 miles but has
    a salvage title. one local mechanic warned that we would never sell
    it for it's full value, but we tend to drive our cars a long time.
    (anyone need an '89 mazda 626 LX turbo?? :) ) Is it even worth the
    hour's drive to pick up the car to bring to my mechanic, and find out
    more about that salvage title from the seller? or would you just
    steer clear?

    tia!

    kate
    with a '91 Volvo 740 wagon, turbo
     
    Kate, Nov 17, 2003
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  2. At the very least find out what the damage was, and whether all records
    and receipts for the repair are available before even going to look at
    the car. But note that floods, bent frames, fires, airbag deployments,
    and many other types of damage are typically bad news for the long term
    reliability, durability, and safety of the car. No records means that
    the worst can be assumed, and corner-cutting repair jobs or the use
    of aftermarket sheetmetal or bumper parts can be trouble also. Also,
    the manufacturer may refuse warranty service on a salvage title car.

    Since the car is not that old, that probably means that the damage
    was fairly extensive. It's not like a $1000 old car taking a minor
    hit on a bolt-on part of sheetmetal with no structural damage being
    declared a "total loss" because repainting would cost more than the
    car.
     
    Timothy J. Lee, Nov 17, 2003
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  3. Kate

    Kate Guest

    thanks for your reply. the daughter of the current owner, aka the
    seller, says it took a week for the body shop to repair this car and
    there was no extensive damage. I'll ask about receipts, but the work
    was done by the seller's nephew's shop as a gift to the grandfather
    who then owned the car. They bought it as salvage, then did the work.
    I, too, assumed there would be extensive damage.... why would an
    insurance company total a car that had a scraped up driver's side; the
    damage she said it had? the car would have been 2 yrs old at that
    point, AFAICT.

    my mechanic suggested that I could only get liability insurance on a
    salvaged title car? true?

    kate
     
    Kate, Nov 17, 2003
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  4. Kate

    G Klein Guest

    I do not know why the insurance company would not fix what was told to you
    as being minor damage. The best idea @ this point is to go & get a carfax
    report on this car & find exactly why the title is listed as salvage as one
    of the other posters said about Volvo cars doing any kind of warranty
    repairs is very slim as most dealers will not work on Volvos that are listed
    as salvage or warranty void @ this point the best move is to get a carfax
    report for the vehicle & then make a decision from there
    Glenn
     
    G Klein, Nov 18, 2003
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  5. Kate

    John Roden Guest

    Check your state DMV on salvage titles. In NY, you have to document
    the repairs that were done (including reciepts, etc.) If you can't get
    a title easially, it's not worth owning the car unless for parts. I'd
    also really wonder about damage to the unibody and how that impacts
    safety in a subsequent crash.
     
    John Roden, Nov 20, 2003
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    Alex Zepeda Guest

    I'd worry about the opposite. If you can get at title easily, I would
    wonder how easy it is to pass off a car with shoddy repairs.

    - alex

    '85 244 Turbo
     
    Alex Zepeda, Nov 21, 2003
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