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my dad owned a body shop. he worked near the quebec border, and often saw cars that had been written off in quebec and were sold to people in ontario. he had one car in (mighta been a tercel) that looked fine... but was eating front tires like crazy. my dad put it on the rack and determined he wasn't able to fix it. it was so outta whack that it wasn't worth reparing. the engine cradle was all warped, and someone had put significant energy into making all the exterior parts line up and look good. probably as much work as fixing it properly!

so i'd guess that a rebuilt title car has a higher liklihood of being a dud. though at the same time it doesn't take much to write off a car these days... so i suppose if the damage was mostly cosmetic (like pontiacj8's) one might be okay.
 

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Originally posted by Ming@Mar 26 2004, 07:53 PM
But if you know what you are getting and you are cool with it, why not? Sometimes just having the front and rear bumpers damaged and the air bags going off is enough for an insurance company to declare the car a total loss.
ah... that makes me wonder... do airbags have to be repaired if they blow? i'd guess any vehicle has to have all original equipment safety devices in working order, right? but i'd hate to buy a 10 year old car and have to spend the cash to get the popped airbags reset. the cost'd make reparing any airbag-popped vehicle much more expensive.
 
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