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Salvage Cars

You hear the terms Junk Car and Salvage Car bandied about fairly frequently, especially on this site. But what exactly is a Salvage Car?

What do you do if you have a salvage car and want to sell it?

Before reading on, you can click the button below to see how much your Salvage Car, Junk Car, Rebuilt Car, wrecked car or broken-down car is worth.


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What is a Salvage Car?

A Salvage Car is a car with a Salvage Title (also known as a Rebuildable Title), which is a type of title branding noting that a vehicle was damaged to the point that the insurance company took ownership of it. This occurs in an insurance claim when the insurance company declares the vehicle a Total Loss meaning it would cost more to repair than it was worth. During the claims process, an insurance company can also take ownership of a car that was stolen and recovered, making Theft Recovery Vehicles a common type of Salvage Car.

What is a Salvage Title?

Salvage Title vehicles cannot be driven on public streets until they have been repaired and inspected by the state in which they’re titled. Once they pass inspection, the title becomes a Rebuilt Title or a Title with SalvageHistory and the vehicle is drivable as a normal vehicle. Generally, the warranties of Rebuilt Cars, or cars with a Rebuilt Title, are voided by the manufacturer.

Should I buy a Rebuilt Car?

Due to this lack of warranty and their history of damage, Rebuilt Cars tend to be worth less than Clean Title cars. This means, they can represent good values for people who want a newer car for less money and can make any repairs that come along. Before buying a Rebuilt Car, they should be inspected by a mechanic to ensure everything is working properly.

What is a Junk Car?

The definition of a Junk Car isn’t as cut-and-dry as that of a Salvage Car as it tends to vary with the desirability of the year, make and model. At its very core, a Junk Car is a car that no longer has any value as a vehicle or as parts. A Junk Car only has scrap value, or the value of the materials from which it’s made. Frequently, the value of a Junk Car is calculated by its weight as heavier cars tend to have more recyclable metals. Junk Cars can have virtually any kind of title, from Clean to Salvage to Certificate of Destruction to no title at all and everything in between.

Can I Sell My Salvage Car?

Yes. You can, but it’s not that easy to sell it on your own. Salvage Cars do still have some value, especially theft recoveries. However, most people don’t want to buy a car they have to fix, have inspected, change over the title and find insurance for before they can even drive it down the street. There are some adventurous people who are willing to do the work, but they can be hard to find.

Your best bet is to sell it to a Salvage Car buyer like DamagedCars.com. We specialize in buying cars in less-than-perfect condition. Click on the button below, and we will give you a guaranteed offer for your Salvage Car, damaged car or broken-down car. We will even pick up the car for free and pay you on the spot.

Can I Sell My Rebuilt Car?

Yes. You can. This is a bit easier than selling your Salvage Car since it’s pretty much ready to drive. But, keep in mind, a Rebuilt Car can be worth up to 50-percent less than a similar car with no damage history. DamagedCars.com will buy your Rebuilt Car, too. Click the “Get and Offer” button to get your guaranteed offer, fast.

Can I Sell My Junk Car?

Yes. You can, but you won’t get much for it. If you don’t have a title, you’ll need to sell your Junk Car to a scrap yard or junk yard. If you do have a title, click the button below to get your instant, guaranteed offer from DamagedCars.com. Junk Cars don’t have much value and demand varies from place to place.


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How does DamagedCars.com decide the value or worth of my vehicle?

DamagedCars.com takes into account a variety of factors when making you an offer for your vehicle. For example, the wholesale value of your car pre-accident, the extent of damage or mechanical and electrical problems, the current market demand for your vehicle and its parts, its make, model, mileage and age all play a part of deciding the value of your vehicle.