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Greetings folks! I'm looking into buying a car, and came across an auction. I'm really not sure about this method of buying. Can any of you folks share any car auction experiences? Whether good or bad, I'd like to hear/read from you.

Another thing, I've noticed some vehicles have rebuilt/salvage titles, is there any big deal buying one of those?

http://easyexport.us/carfinder/vehicle/CLE...d=4c054bdec9d5b

What do you folks think of it?
 

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From: http://ask.cars.com/2008/05/salvage-title.html

"A salvage title typically means at some point in the vehicle's history the car has been claimed a total loss by an insurance company because of an accident or flood damage. It can even happen in some states if it's a recovered stolen vehicle - so all pretty much not good things. Also, government agencies routinely test new vehicles, and cars sold after the government gets its use out of them are given a salvage title as well.

When a total loss happens because of damage, the car can sometimes be bought back by the owner or sold to someone who will repair the vehicle and put it back on the road; when this happens it's issued a salvage title. Laws and regulations regarding salvaged titles vary from state to state, so be sure to check with your state's motor vehicle department for the most accurate information.

Salvaged cars typically go through an inspection by the state's motor vehicle department before being issued a salvage title, but inspection procedures also vary by state and some may be a simple VIN code and emissions system check. Others may be a more thorough safety inspection."


Common sense will tell you that for a new car to get totaled, the damage must have been very extensive. Extensive damage often cannot be completely repaired. In end, you will probably only get what you pay for. If you can't actually drive and the inspect the car for yourself, I would consider this to be a very risky venture. Be prepared to get burnt.
 

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buying from vehicle auctions is really for auto. trade guys or at least someone who knows what they are doing, sure if your lucky you can pick up a bargain but as the above posts states you may get your fingers burnt badly. bear in mind you normally buy the vehicle 'as it is' so you have got no redress what so ever. you pay your money and you take a chance
 

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ok i will try to help you a little bit
we had got one car from auction and it was salvage - car was not demaged that bad - we had to change front bumper, hood, 1 headlight and fender, the deal with the salvage is that before you get it on the raod you have to pass the inspection so you can put the car back on the road - in NJ they have 2 or 3 palaces where you can do that - it is like 450$ for inspection. what they inspect is the repair that was done and parts that you used - you need to have all the bills + proofs of purchase plus pictures before and after the repair. our car pass with no problem and we had fix it in the front of the garage. after you pass the inspaction than you can register your car get plates and do regular inspection and you are good to go
Bottom line: our 02 elantra with 38 k miles on it came up to 4000$ after all the fees taxes and inspections. at the same time same year with twice the milage used elantra was over 8000$ so we saved like 4 k on the car but the trick is that you will have salvage title so if you are looking for a car to drive it for 1-2 yrs and than sell it you will probably have problem selling it. we got our car cause we know that we will drive it till it dies - its a car to commute to and from work for my wife. the car got scrachrd already in few places so like i said its a keeper - thats why we got it - 4 k in our pockets if not more
The car that you had in your link i did not see any reason why its a salvage - it could be flood and thats where you should stay away from cars like that. most of the time its not that easy to fix. beside that this auction does not say did the car start do they have keys and what is the reason that it has salvage title. if you want to look for cars of auction with little bit more info try www.iaai.com - lots of cars with pictures and pretty good info about the car
 

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What car are you trying to buy? The auction I went to had prices that were just as good as Craigslist and Autotrader prices. Its your hard-earned money, so why risk it all at an auction where you can't even test drive it for a long time? Same goes for buying salvage/rebuilt title cars. Its hard to tell what exactly happened to these cars, but why risk it? Especially when it could very well be a safety hazard. Is it worth a few bucks saved for a car that won't save your life?
 

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My guess is this is a spammer. . . he posted an identical post on the Elantra Club.
 
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