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Registered: 07/08/07
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I am going to look at a vehicle today that has a salvage title.  It is a dealer sold vehicle and is MD inspected.  I understand that its tough to judge not knowing much about it.  The carfax said it was a side swiped accident. My question for you all, has anyone had issues in MD with purchasing a vehicle with a salvage title and are there any special fee's or inspections for a truck like that?  It is inspected currently.  Also, for anyone who has purchased vehicles like this, how have they performed.
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   Carfax-  3 years ago I ran 10 cars that we fixed that had at least $3,000.00 in damage, out of those 10 only 6 showed up on carfax    Just saying

 

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I am not exactly mechanically inclined. So since you work on vehicles that have substantial damage,  Do you feel that you find other underlying issues after the initial repairs are made( and vehicle is sold/returned to owner) or do you have no knowledge of vehicle after it leaves the shop?

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Sounds as it would be worth you time to have your mechanic check it out first. Might save you headache down the road.
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Check it out or get a mechanic to check it out- any used vehicle (and the occasional new vehicle) is a crap shoot.  My truck was sideswiped by a tractor trailer over a year ago, took out both drivers side doors and rear quarter panel.  Had the work handled by a great local body shop, and I have driven it 30,000 miles since then with no issues.
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   The main thing I would worry about is a vehicle thats been in a flood, especially if it was tidal. Salt water can give more electrical problems than you can imagine and they usually take about 3 years to pop up. Anything with abnormal rust underneath I would steer clear of, lot of junk gone around from Hurricane Sandy. 
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Thanks for the input.  Carfax said it was a sideswipe collision involving hood impact with another motor vehicle and disabling had been reported.  It has since been repaired and has passed inspection.  I am going to do my best to inspect under the hood since it is roughly an 1 1/2 from where I live.
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Make sure your insurace company will insure it, some companys wont touch salvage titles....for a reason. Just sayin....
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