I sold my non-snow SoCal car about two months ago. I was stoked because the payments were too high and the car was valued higher than the loan (amazing) and it’s not a SNOW car.
Now that we live in the Northern Tundra, we need a car to accommodate 5ft. of snow. Plus we want to have fun on the mountain.
So, I’ve been looking for about 3 months. First, I found a Kia Sorrento. 2003 with 107Kmi. on it and the Title was rebuilt. Hmmm. What exactly does that mean?
First piece of advise I will give you today is: DO NOT buy a car without doing a CarFax Report!!!! If you go to your auto insurance provider I bet they will have a discount for CarFax. So, for $22.00 (25% discount) I got the lowdown on the car. It had 15 records and not only was the car Rebuilt; it was TOTALED by the insurance co. Well, I did a bunch of research and found out what this really meant. According to my resources in SoCal, this is what he said.
“Ya I would not buy the car with a bad title. The rebuilt title means that the car was in a bad wreck and the entire car has been rebuilt or that it has just been rebuilt in general. I have been doing this for over 12 years and I do not sell crap cars like that I I would never suggest buying a car like that no matter how good of a deal it is. Just keep in mind that the car has been completely pulled apart and put back together and you don’t know if a trained technician was the person who put it back together. Also when looking for cars stay away from Salvage title, Frame damage or accident cars. The sellers will tell you that it was a minor accident and that just the bumper or door was dented. A salvage title vehicle is where the vehicle usually incurs over 70% damage and it will cost more to fix the car than to replace it, so the insurance company pays the customer and sells the car to a junk yard.
Basically the main reason you want to stay away from these vehicles is because once a car has been apart it may have not been put back together properly. That means air bags could not deploy correctly or the brakes could not work properly and this would be risking your life or injury.”
So Mom’s if you think you’re getting a steal… you probably are. For the safety of you and your little one’s don’t do it.
Our SoCal car... now gone