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post #1 of 28 Old 04-17-2019, 08:18 AM Thread Starter
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I've looking at used 9th gen Accord for my daughter. Found a 2015 4-Dr Sport with 39K miles for $11K, which seems to be a few thousand below local price. Found the salvage photos online and the vehicle had the rear damage which didn't look too extensive, rear wheel wells looked intact. Looks great, drives fine, and the wheel alignment report looks legit. What else should I be concerned about?

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If you're dead set on this, take it to a reputable shop that can do a thorough inspection of ALL parts of the vehicle, and to check the structural integrity of the car and frame. Reports can be easily falsified, unless it was done by a reputable shop. Even then though..

My advice, spend the extra couple thousand and find something without the salvage/rebuilt title. A 4 year old Accord Sport with almost 40k miles for $11k and salvage is not a good deal. Just because the damage didn't look extensive, it doesn't mean it wasn't extensive. Think of frame damage. Yes, it's been repaired, but do you want to drive something that has been compromised once already?

Not to mention when you go to resell, the resale value would tank.
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I don't think that is a good deal based off of the price.
You can easily find a similar accord with a clean title for 10-20% more.
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I've owned plenty of salvaged cars. Used to buy them from auction and fix them up. My last Accord was salvage and lasted 13 before I sold it. They're still driving it.

It depends on the damage spot. If the damage wasn't bad or anywhere around the engine, the odds are in your favor.
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If the damage wasn't bad the insurance company would not likely total it.

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And is your insurance company willing to cover a vehicle with a salvage title, and at how much extra cost vs the same car with a "regular" title?
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I've looking at used 9th gen Accord for my daughter. Found a 2015 4-Dr Sport with 39K miles for $11K, which seems to be a few thousand below local price. Found the salvage photos online and the vehicle had the rear damage which didn't look too extensive, rear wheel wells looked intact. Looks great, drives fine, and the wheel alignment report looks legit. What else should I be concerned about?
You should be concerned that you are thinking of buying a salvage vehicle without being someone who knows about cars. I've had friends own salvage title vehicles (never salvaged because of a flood, however- NEVER! Only because of collision damage) and they have not had problems.

One enterprising con artist on Craigslist here in Chicago gets flood cars that have a salvage title, then removes the bumper cover and takes pics (a bumperskin-less car looks damaged)- or finds pics on the internet of same model color car with "not too bad" rear end damage, then claims the car was salvaged because of a minor fender bender and sells the car.
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A minor fender bender with the bottom of the lake.

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One enterprising con artist on Craigslist here in Chicago gets flood cars that have a salvage title, then removes the bumper cover and takes pics (a bumperskin-less car looks damaged)- or finds pics on the internet of same model color car with "not too bad" rear end damage, then claims the car was salvaged because of a minor fender bender and sells the car.
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Buy a slightly older car with no damage for less money. Your insurance won't be a PITA about that either, as opposed to a salvage title car.
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I have no problem with this as long as there are no leaks in the trunk, etc. Glad you were able to see pics of the damage so you can go over where the repairs were made. Can you do better on the price? I mean I can find non-salvage Accords, same year and mileage, for only a couple of thousand more ($12-13K)

One major concern, there's no more powertrain warranty. A salvage title nullifies the warranty with the exception of federal emissions.
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Thanks for all the responses. I guess there are variances by region what constitutes "good" price; I'm in SoCal and I can't find even a LX for $13K with less than 40K miles. Yeah, I will definitely take the vehicle to a trusted mechanic for for a complete inspection if I decide to pursue this.
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Why are you spending $11,000 on a car that doesn't even have a clean title? I'm confused. Buy your kid a nice used $5,000 Accord that's a bit older and put the rest away for repairs or something. I just don't see the logic in buying a salvage car for that much money.

If mileage is what's concerning you, it shouldn't. Mileage does not always denote quality or "life" left in a car.
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Why are you spending $11,000 on a car that doesn't even have a clean title? I'm confused. Buy your kid a nice used $5,000 Accord that's a bit older and put the rest away for repairs or something. I just don't see the logic in buying a salvage car for that much money.
I'm merely looking at all the options, nothing has been decided.

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