Join Date: Jan 2014
Location: North Carolina
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If your dropping serious coin I would not "RISK" a water damaged salvage title.
I drove a salvage title lancer for 7 years, it had been broken into and had the stereo/electronics ripped out, total cost of repairs was worth more than the car and I got it really cheap (4k with 10,000 miles.)
Insurance companies dont usually total a vehicle unless the repair cost is above 80% of the diminished value of the vehicle. that means that the quote for repairs would have been about 20k. Thats ALOT of work that would have been done to earn it a salvage title.
With water comes rust, electrical damage, plastics damage, fabric damage, and a host of other problems. To truely salvage a water damaged car the entire vehicle needs to be rebuilt. (read the entire interior needs to be replaced, If the water damage was "dirty" then all the plastics would need to be replaced as well, if the engine was in any way submerged then it would likely need to be rebuild/replaced aswell)
For my money Id save up a bit and grab a used 2012 or 2013, in California they can be had for 25k if you find the right dealer who's ready to make a sale.
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