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Old 10-01-2006, 07:41 PM   #1
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hey whats up all....

I'm looking at an 03 SVT focus with about 50k on it. Its a great price at around 5,500, but the title is a salvage. The owner says it runs great and has been repaired professionally, but i still don't know if its worth the risk, cuz there is no warrentee. I would like your advice before i go and blow 5 & 1/2 grand.


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Old 10-01-2006, 07:43 PM   #2
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Depends on what was damaged...Any idea what had to be fixed?
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Two things to be aware of even with a professional fix:
1 - You won't be able to put colision insurance on it. At least no insurance company that I know of will do it for a salvage vehicle. And since car loans require collision on the car you'll have to pay up front.
2 - If you decide to sell later it will probably make it more difficult for you to find a buyer...
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Old 10-02-2006, 12:12 AM   #4
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Tough choice. Personally I wouldnt go with it. The potential of owning an unreliable car when you dont need to would just turn me off to it.
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Old 10-02-2006, 03:16 AM   #5
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Focii have subframes, so if there was any bending where the subfames connect then the car alignment will always be off, sure it might drive fine but it will lead to a lot more problems
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Take it to a GOOD local body shop and have them put it on a lift and look it over , Most places charge from 40 to 75.00 to do this but it may be the best money you spend

Do a history on the car see why it was salvaged it could be from a wreck , flood , or something like a theft recovery where there realy wasent any body damage

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Old 10-02-2006, 07:35 AM   #7
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My car has a salvage title. The lady hit a dear with it.

I have collision on it.

I have never had a problem.
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i just went through the same situation. i was looking at an srt-4. i thoroughly searched the out of the car and talked to the guy who repaired it. i found where the damage was. it was at the frontside passanger door area. they did a so so job blending the metal and the new door didn't match up with the driver side one as far as alignment.
they wanted like $15k for it too. i was so close to buying it but then i realized if i got hit there again, the resale value and my luck all played a factor in me not buying it. there was just too much negative. i really, really wanted that car too but as they say, safety first.
inevitably, it's up to you. like tom said, get it checked out professionally. the problem though is if there's a crack in the engine or somewhere else that's not visible then you might end up paying for it later.
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like everyone says take it to a good body shop/mechanic and have them do an inspection on the car 100 bucks now could save you thousdands later. As for the salvage title you can put collision on them because when you salvage a title you have to prove its somewhat roadworthy..(i believe or at least in michigan). Sounds like a good buy tho it the thing is mint and has NO problems at all. But its your money and your decision. good luck.
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My car was perfect when I got it, 5 months in it was hit by a Mercury Cougar smashing in the front passenger side of the front end, I replaced over 3K in parts (hood, fender, bumper, HID, upper radiator mount, foglight, paint and tie rod, control arm, strut/spring, and the inner fender rail was slightly bent(not part of unibody)

It has all been fixed(by me and body work by a pro shop) and no one Including me can tell it had ever been wrecked. My car doesnt have a salvage title though, but Id assume if some one can sell it to you with that kind of title and sence most states require you have insurance that you would be able to insure it under that kind of title.
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