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Asking about vehicles with salvage titles. My brother in law bought one and got a really good deal on a Yukon XL from a local guy that has a body shop and completely restores them. According to the louisiana state laws, the salvage title is placed on a vehicle that has 75% or more damage....BUT must meet all state requirements in order to be hwy certified. I'm asking because my bro in law has put approx 30,000 miles on his in 2 years without a single hiccup. Now his was wrecked, no water damage. I could see where water damage could really fuck up some things with all the electrical. I know the guy that owns the shop and he does have a great rep, but its hard for me to get pass the salvage title thing. Looking at a truck for my son and with the prices of these f'n vehicles now and days, I need something to get him through college and then he can buy his own shit. ;) . So has anyone purchased one of these types of vehicles before? Good, bad, any info? Cuz I only have 1 opinion so far and Bro in law has never had an issue.

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You may want to make sure that your insurance company will insure the vehicle before you buy it. I know some are funny about that. And as long as you don’t expect a lot as far as resale value I don’t see a problem with it. Of course it all depends on what the damage was and who fixed it. I saw a guy rebuilt a 15 Denali Duramax. It had like 15k miles on it and by the time it was done he had about 35k in it. He did all of the work himself.


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Yeah, insurance is good. That's the first thing i looked at. I guess i'm just trying to see if there are any horror stories out there.

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I'm positive there are horror stories out there if you dig around. It's really case by case though. If you feel the particular vehicle has been thoroughly repaired and is safe for your kid, then go for it. I'd be more concerned with something being compromised somewhere else in the vehicle that you can't see. They can straighten out and replace body panels, and replace air bag modules etc. but those impact zones in any modern (less than 15-20yr old vehicles I'm talking about) vehicle are only really meant to take one good lick. I'd spent some time crawling ALL OVER something salvaged before I put my kid in it driving. Especially for a first vehicle, because you know, statistically, it's going to have the highest possibility of being in some sort of accident of most anything on the road for the first couple years. That's just numbers. I'm sure there are good vehicles out there, I'd be really skeptical about buying one though. I'd need to know what caused the thing to be salvaged to begin with etc... and make an educated decision from there. And at least in Tx, a salvaged title is assigned to anything that has been declared a "total loss" by an insurance company, and repurchased. So it doesn't necessarily have to be any sort of 75%. The damage just has to exceed the appraised value of the vehicle. I've seen really nice trucks get totalled from being hit in the back at a stop light or whatever and the bumper getting into the bedside. Sometimes it's a really easy safe repair, and other times there is more to it. Which is why I say it's case by case and to just do your homework on whatever particular vehicle you are considering. Good luck with it.

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My 03 F150 got nailed in the right front, the hit bent the a-arm, wiped out the panel and bumper and tweaked the frame. The insurance adjuster said it was minor and easily fixed as did the Ford dealership, in the end it cost almost 7k for repairs and the vehicle booked at just over 10k. After being repaired it never was the same. Damn thing should have been totaled.

Having raised two boys I can safely say if it is his first vehicle I wouldn't spend a lot on it. More than likely he will trash or crash it in the first year anyhow. I helped my boys get their first vehicles after that they were on their own.


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My wife had a ‘12 Chevy Malibu with a salvage title, the only problem we had was the frame wasn’t perfect so the front drivers tire wore fast, it would track straight and everything worked on it, when we got it there was only 25k miles on it. The main downfall is a bank won’t give you a loan so when you sell it it’s gotta go pretty cheap, but we bought it cheap so it don’t really matter on that part. I know one guy that every vehicle in his yard has s salvage title, just make sure to test drive it on every kind of road you plan on traveling. It does no good to test drive a vehicle in town and say it’s good then get on the interstate or backroads just to find a surprise after you already paid for it


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Yep to everyone of those replies. All of that is what worries me.

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Just get him an older chevy suburban. Last forever and tough as nails and you can get them at affordable prices.


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When I was younger I worked for a shop that bought salvage cars and fixed them some were totaled with very little damage and some were a complete mess.With that being said its not worth the risk for my family to drive one(although I used to own one myself)unless I saw before damage as bondo and paint can cover up a lot.What my main concern would be is air bags and wiring also was the car sectioned or repair work on A and B pillars as that's the structure support for the roof incase of roll over. Good luck with your purchase just be very weary and have it looked at by a reputable body shop and mechanic shop before purchase.


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Just get him an older chevy suburban. Last forever and tough as nails and you can get them at affordable prices.


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Very true. I scooped up a 2002 Tahoe a few weeks ago. It's in exceptional shape, 120K miles, LT model, 5.3L, new tires brakes shocks. Owned by a retired couple, lived in a garage, super clean inside and out....... gave $3600 bucks for it.... had to get a work commuter vehicle since I decided to wreck my other truck... so far I'm loving the Tahoe.

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We bought a RAV4 for my wife to drive around and got it at 60K miles, it now has 180K miles on it. Only routine maintenance (Brakes, Oil, and Tires) has been done. The guy we bought it from is a good family friend who does the same thing as described above... Buys wrecked vehicles repairs and flips them... When we go to purchase another vehicle here soon the first thing we will do is have him keep a lookout for something...

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I have started buying all my vehicles from a guy that flips salvaged, but he never buys with frame damage.

Picked up a 2012 Toyota Tundra, I told him to keep an eye out for me, with 16k miles. Thing is like having a new truck. Paid $22,500 for it.

Never worried about the resale cause I run them till they die anyway.

Just know who are buying from is probably most important.

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The guy I know has all the equipment to fix the frames. If he can't fix it or its too bad, he won't mess with it. Its the water damage vehicles that get me. With all the electrical items now and days, anything can cause a damn sensor to keep blinking.

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It all depends on the vehicle. Heard of ones with frame damage that couldn't be fixed and would run dog legged or eat tires. Know someone that bought one that wound up having a cracked bell housing thay wasn't noticed. Also if it is a unibody and peiced back together that can be weak spots in a crash.


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If done properly with a spot welder and correct welds in factory locations that wont be an issue with a unibody. The problem is smaller shops can't afford a lot of this equipment and the big dealerships won't mess with salvaged cars.


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bluesky2012 wrote:
Just get him an older chevy suburban. Last forever and tough as nails and you can get them at affordable prices.


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Very true. I scooped up a 2002 Tahoe a few weeks ago. It's in exceptional shape, 120K miles, LT model, 5.3L, new tires brakes shocks. Owned by a retired couple, lived in a garage, super clean inside and out....... gave $3600 bucks for it.... had to get a work commuter vehicle since I decided to wreck my other truck... so far I'm loving the Tahoe.


Been looking at Tahoe’s and Yukon’s myself for a hunting truck. I want a 03+ 4x4 but looks like I need to fly out to Texas to get one.


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flint87 wrote:
SETx Longtail wrote:
bluesky2012 wrote:
Just get him an older chevy suburban. Last forever and tough as nails and you can get them at affordable prices.


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Very true. I scooped up a 2002 Tahoe a few weeks ago. It's in exceptional shape, 120K miles, LT model, 5.3L, new tires brakes shocks. Owned by a retired couple, lived in a garage, super clean inside and out....... gave $3600 bucks for it.... had to get a work commuter vehicle since I decided to wreck my other truck... so far I'm loving the Tahoe.


Been looking at Tahoe’s and Yukon’s myself for a hunting truck. I want a 03+ 4x4 but looks like I need to fly out to Texas to get one.


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I flew, then drove my truck back home.
14hr drive home.
but it was worth the $8k I saved.

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brycecheramie wrote:
flint87 wrote:
SETx Longtail wrote:
bluesky2012 wrote:
Just get him an older chevy suburban. Last forever and tough as nails and you can get them at affordable prices.


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Very true. I scooped up a 2002 Tahoe a few weeks ago. It's in exceptional shape, 120K miles, LT model, 5.3L, new tires brakes shocks. Owned by a retired couple, lived in a garage, super clean inside and out....... gave $3600 bucks for it.... had to get a work commuter vehicle since I decided to wreck my other truck... so far I'm loving the Tahoe.


Been looking at Tahoe’s and Yukon’s myself for a hunting truck. I want a 03+ 4x4 but looks like I need to fly out to Texas to get one.


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I flew, then drove my truck back home.
14hr drive home.
but it was worth the $8k I saved.

Worried what I could afford wouldn’t make it back from Texas to Georgia


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flint87 wrote:
brycecheramie wrote:
flint87 wrote:
SETx Longtail wrote:
bluesky2012 wrote:
Just get him an older chevy suburban. Last forever and tough as nails and you can get them at affordable prices.


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Very true. I scooped up a 2002 Tahoe a few weeks ago. It's in exceptional shape, 120K miles, LT model, 5.3L, new tires brakes shocks. Owned by a retired couple, lived in a garage, super clean inside and out....... gave $3600 bucks for it.... had to get a work commuter vehicle since I decided to wreck my other truck... so far I'm loving the Tahoe.


Been looking at Tahoe’s and Yukon’s myself for a hunting truck. I want a 03+ 4x4 but looks like I need to fly out to Texas to get one.


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I flew, then drove my truck back home.
14hr drive home.
but it was worth the $8k I saved.

Worried what I could afford wouldn’t make it back from Texas to Georgia


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Totally understand that!
I didn't buy salvage, but did buy used.
Same truck around town was $8k more than what I found.
Dealership paid for 2 first class tickets, and a hotel.
I feel like I came out good.

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flint87 wrote:
brycecheramie wrote:
flint87 wrote:
SETx Longtail wrote:
bluesky2012 wrote:
Just get him an older chevy suburban. Last forever and tough as nails and you can get them at affordable prices.


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Very true. I scooped up a 2002 Tahoe a few weeks ago. It's in exceptional shape, 120K miles, LT model, 5.3L, new tires brakes shocks. Owned by a retired couple, lived in a garage, super clean inside and out....... gave $3600 bucks for it.... had to get a work commuter vehicle since I decided to wreck my other truck... so far I'm loving the Tahoe.


Been looking at Tahoe’s and Yukon’s myself for a hunting truck. I want a 03+ 4x4 but looks like I need to fly out to Texas to get one.


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I flew, then drove my truck back home.
14hr drive home.
but it was worth the $8k I saved.

Worried what I could afford wouldn’t make it back from Texas to Georgia


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You'd be surprised, there are tons of reasonable miled trucks in that body style up to early 07's for less than 5K. I wanted a 4wd too but I couldn't pass this one up. So far it's been great and find more nice replacement parts every time I mess with it. The previous owners weren't afraid of spending money on the thing for sure. It's been getting the same and usually better fuel mileage than the reg cab V6 GMC truck I had before it. It's the older GEN 3 5.3, I expect to get a lot of years of use out of the thing.

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SETx Longtail wrote:
flint87 wrote:
brycecheramie wrote:
flint87 wrote:
SETx Longtail wrote:
[quote="bluesky2012"]Just get him an older chevy suburban. Last forever and tough as nails and you can get them at affordable prices.


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Very true. I scooped up a 2002 Tahoe a few weeks ago. It's in exceptional shape, 120K miles, LT model, 5.3L, new tires brakes shocks. Owned by a retired couple, lived in a garage, super clean inside and out....... gave $3600 bucks for it.... had to get a work commuter vehicle since I decided to wreck my other truck... so far I'm loving the Tahoe.


Been looking at Tahoe’s and Yukon’s myself for a hunting truck. I want a 03+ 4x4 but looks like I need to fly out to Texas to get one.


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I flew, then drove my truck back home.
14hr drive home.
but it was worth the $8k I saved.

Worried what I could afford wouldn’t make it back from Texas to Georgia


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You'd be surprised, there are tons of reasonable miled trucks in that body style up to early 07's for less than 5K. I wanted a 4wd too but I couldn't pass this one up. So far it's been great and find more nice replacement parts every time I mess with it. The previous owners weren't afraid of spending money on the thing for sure. It's been getting the same and usually better fuel mileage than the reg cab V6 GMC truck I had before it. It's the older GEN 3 5.3, I expect to get a lot of years of use out of the thing.[/quote]
That’s wild on the mpg. I just went from a 2013 v6 reg cab to a 17 extended cab with the 5.3 and that sob will pass anything but a gas station. Which might be the problem bc I stay in the gas pedal more than I should. I’m just glad I don’t pay for the gas. The computer on the dash says it’s averaging 17.4mpg which I don’t believe.


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My 4.3 truck got 15-16 no matter what, pulling the boat, 12 tops. The Tahoe is averaging 16-18 back and forth on the highway to work, and 14ish pulling the boat. It would probably bump 20 on an interstate trip. I don't baby it but I don't drive it real hard either. Both have 3.42 rear gears. I'd like to put a set of 3.73 or 3.90's in the Tahoe with a good locker. My wife's Yukon with the 6.2/6spd averages 16ish. I've hand figured 22 on a long trip out to west Tx. Kinda crazy considering the power that thing has.

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My boat is a salvage title.

Try getting insurance on a mudmotor with a salvage title...yeeeeaaaa...no


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My 4.3 truck got 15-16 no matter what, pulling the boat, 12 tops. The Tahoe is averaging 16-18 back and forth on the highway to work, and 14ish pulling the boat. It would probably bump 20 on an interstate trip. I don't baby it but I don't drive it real hard either. Both have 3.42 rear gears. I'd like to put a set of 3.73 or 3.90's in the Tahoe with a good locker. My wife's Yukon with the 6.2/6spd averages 16ish. I've hand figured 22 on a long trip out to west Tx. Kinda crazy considering the power that thing has.


That v6 ain’t enough motor for a full size truck. That one I had I had to be careful about pulling into moving traffic and it could not keep up on the interstate without basically keeping it floored most of the time. I also had a plate tamp and a compressor in the back at all times and other various heavy shit from time to time. I hauled a full load of some metal curb forms 130 miles a few times with it. It was a dog but it got me home.


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