It’s surprising how quickly an insurance company will ‘total’ a car. The insurance company merely compares the cost of repairs to the remaining value of the car at the time of the incident in making their decision. Repairs are so costly, that many times they are quick to â€˜total’ the vehicle. Since the car was hit from behind, you shouldn’t have any engine problems. This is encouraging since unanticipated engine problems could result in you being stuck with ongoing engine repairs that never end. If the current owner merely replaced fenders and bumpers, you shouldn’t have a problem; however, I would be very concerned with undisclosed damage to the frame. A car with a damaged frame can result in the car never holding an alignment, and you wearing out tires every couple of months. In addition, you ought to check with your current insurance agent to make sure you won’t have any issues in insuring the car. Lastly, a major consideration is one you already entertained. You will need to drive the car until it dies, since resale of a â€˜salvage titled’ car will be very difficult.
Good call about the insurance. I thought of that while I was dealing with another insurance … uh … "issue." They (GEICO) said a car with a salvage title is treated the same as any other used car.
As for the frame, I specifically asked the people doing the bumper-to-bumper inspection to look for any signs of frame damage or repair and they couldn’t find anything. I assume damage would be easily detected by a mechanic, right?
Since the car was hit from behind, you shouldn’t have any engine problems.
Assuming a front wheel drive car, of course. I’m too lazy to scroll back up and confirm what model it was. :-) My cousin had a Jeep Wrangler (rear wheel drive) that was hit from behind. The resultant crash pushed the axle forward which in turn pushed the drive shaft forward like a spear right through the engine.
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