What catches are inherent in a salvage-title vehicle in California?
April 1, 2006 9:11 AM Subscribe
I'm looking at used pickup trucks in California. Some of the listings on craigslist are described as having salvage titles. What precisely does this mean? Would a service like Carfax tell me why the vehicle has a salvage title? If this isn't something to be avoided at all costs, what should I ask a mechanic to look for in checking out the truck?
posted by mhespenheide to Travel & Transportation around California (10 answers total)
Seemingly, the salvage title is something to be avoided. Or is it, if the truck appears to operate well?
Non-rationally, I like the body style of the mid-nineties trucks more than the more recent models; that preference added to a desire for a manual transmission has me looking through a limited pool. It seems like 10-20% of such trucks listed on craigslist have salvage titles.