Why Might a Used Car Have a Salvage Title?

As you search for used car parts, you may find that the business sells used vehicles in addition to used auto components. In many cases, the vehicles cost less than they would at an auto dealership. One of the reasons why is that, in some cases, they have a salvage title. What does it mean when a vehicle has a salvage title? There is more than one answer. Below are four reasons why a pre-owned car at a junkyard may have a salvage title.

The Vehicle is Totaled

A vehicle is “totaled” when it would cost more to repair than it is worth. When the insurance company makes this determination, the car receives a salvage title. In some cases, totaled vehicles can easily be restored to working condition and used for transportation.

The Vehicle was Stolen and Recovered

If a vehicle is stolen and takes weeks or months to recover, the insurance company may declare the vehicle totalled and issue a salvage title. If the car is eventually recovered and is still in good condition, there is no reason why it can’t be sold as a pre-owned vehicle.

The Vehicle was Damaged in a Natural Disaster

When a natural disaster strikes, vehicles may be tossed on their side or submerged in water. Insurers often issue salvage titles to cars that are damaged in these ways. While the cars can be repaired, doing so is often a losing financial prospect, especially in the case of water damage.

The Vehicle Contains Aftermarket Components

Some states require vehicles that contain aftermarket components, such as used car parts at a junkyard in Texas, to be issued a salvage title, as the aftermarket components are pulled from vehicles that have a salvage title. Most vehicles that receive a salvage title for this reason are still drivable.

Call Wrench-A-Part Today

If you are looking for used car parts at a junkyard in Texas, visit Wrench-A-Part. We have a broad selection of domestic and foreign vehicles that contain quality parts. We also have a selection of used vehicles that are in good driving condition. Whether you need used components to repair your vehicle, or you are shopping for a new vehicle to drive, check out the inventory listed on our website, or call our Austin location today at (512) 501-6946.

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