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Things to Avoid When Buying a Salvaged Car

Salvage cars are on a whole new level of bargain if you are able to find one that is in serviceable condition for a good price. This is, however, much easier said than done: for every batch of salvage cars that comes from a typhoon, flood, fire, accident or some other disaster, only a fifth or so of those cars will be economical to repair and drive again. Add to this the fact that most used car dealers will not pay any sort of attention to your car, whether in the form of services, help with repair, insurance or any other attempt, from the moment your purchase rolls out their lot, and you will be able to see why it is such a high but thoroughly rewarding risk to buy salvage cars.

Chances are, limited as we are by our technology today, there is yet to be found a miracle device or method for being able to see every single defect a car might have after it is salvaged from a flood or a large accident. This limitation is why most, if not all car companies are quick to pull out all warranties, insurance and all other forms of assurance the moment they find out what a salvage car has gone through. It is in this legal loophole where bargain seekers try to slip into, taking advantage of this face saving protocol of car companies in order to find cheap but no less efficient cars. Junk cars, after all, may as well be treasures for others, as we all know the old saying that the trash of one may be the treasure of another.

There are a few things to keep in mind, still, when you wish to buy salvage cars, in addition to the simple caveat emptor in the previous paragraph. Here are a few things, in particular, that any aspiring car buyer should avoid, or at least try to:

Avoid Buying From Shady Dealers – Every dealer of used cars will have a reputation. Even starting car dealerships will have to have emerged from older, similar businesses with their respective reputations as well. Take care, then, to know the selling history of a dealer before looking into their cars.

As Much as Possible, Avoid Relying on Online Information – Because of the relative anonymity of people communicating entirely online, it is usually unwise to judge the value of a car based on pictures and online blurbs. This is to not only avoid unintentionally buying lemons, it also helps you to avoid outright scams.

Avoid Premature Judgments – Junk cars are not always fit only for junking. Take care to inspect every part you can in a potential purchase, and take care to compute the costs for repair and parts replacement, and always make sure that they are significantly lower than the cost of buying a brand new car, so that your efforts translate to more savings.