Should I be haggling or running away?
June 26, 2012 6:29 PM Subscribe
Should I buy a Subaru Impreza with a rebuilt title in Michigan? I'm looking at two Impreza hatchbacks, both 2006 models. One of them has about 60,000 miles, and according to the seller he has only replaced the hood and the front bumper. The other has about 50,000 miles, and the seller claims he has just replaced the rear quarter panel and the hatchback door. He's asking $7,900 for either one. Is this a scam?
posted by Hoenikker to Travel & Transportation (18 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
My understanding of a rebuilt title is that they're issued when someone has fixed up a previously totaled car. What I don't understand is why an insurance company would total a seemly perfectly good car that only needs minor repair work, but that's the seller's story. I think the seller regularly fixes up Subarus as side job, and he's working out of a small garage with several other eastern european men and a number of foreign cars in various starves of disassembly.
Both cars drive well, and look to my untrained eye like they're in good shape. If I look close I can tell on the first Impreza that some work has been done to the hood (it's very slightly not-flush), and the same with the quarter panel on the second.
Is it likely that other work has been done to the cars that he isn't telling me about? If not, would this type of title greatly affect my resell value or insurance costs? Should I be hanging or running away?