Where to Find Rebuilt Title Cars for Sale: The Places to Go Online and Off

Short Answer: You can find rebuilt title cars for sale in a number of places locally or online. Vehicles with a rebuilt title have been repaired from a totaled state (or “salvage” title) to pass a safety inspection. The local newspaper, eBay, and online or local auctions are all good places to begin your search for a car with a rebuilt title. For more details on where to find rebuilt title cars for sale, along with information on the pros and cons of doing so, see below.

Why Buy a Car With a Rebuilt Title?

Cars with rebuilt titles often sell for about 50% less than a “clean” title car. These cars are not necessarily inferior because they’ve been rebuilt, but they do have a lower value because banks typically don’t like to finance cars with rebuilt titles. Thus, if you plan to pay cash or find the right banker, buying a rebuilt title car can work in your favor.

Note that buying a car that was repaired from totaled condition does come with some risk. Sometimes rebuilt title cars will have additional problems you’ll need to fix. Before you buy a rebuilt title car, make sure to Google the VIN number and take a look at the car’s history. Someone may say it was only in a minor accident, but you may come across pictures from a previous auction where the car was in far worse condition than the current owner claimed. As long as you’re aware of these potential issues, you can work to get the car at a price that reflects that.

Where to Find Rebuilt Title Cars for Sale

There are several different places you can shop for a rebuilt title car, either online or locally.

Auctions (Local or Online)

Rebuilt car auctions take place every day in the U.S. Insurance Auto Auction is a leading organization conducting these auctions. On the website of IAAI, you will find schedules of auctions held in different locations around the U.S. In addition, don’t forget to check Craigslist and the local newspapers for notifications about auto auctions in your area.

Alternatively, you can take part in various online auctions by visiting websites like Copart, Auto Exporters, and Argo Motorcycles.

Auto Dealers (Local or Online)

Another good option is to buy rebuilt title cars from auto dealers. Some car dealers specifically work with this type of car; others sell both new and rebuilt cars. On the dealer’s website, you will find details, pictures, and the costs of each rebuilt car. Some useful online auto dealers include Salvage Autos Auction, Autoworld of America, and CAS Miami.

You can also search for these dealers locally in auto trader magazines or through a Google search.

eBay

To buy a rebuilt title car from eBay, navigate to eBay Motors where you will find auto listings. If you plan to rebuild a salvage car yourself, you can look for the parts under the Parts & Accessories section of the menu.

If you are familiar with the market prices of rebuilt title cars, you can use the Advanced search option by putting the price range. Once you get the sellers’ list, you can take time to carefully view their reputation and feedback left by other customers before you make a purchasing decision.

Local Newspapers

Local newspapers are one of the best offline sources for finding rebuilt title cars. Many local sellers negotiate and sell at a price much less than what is advertised. You can also often make one or multiple visits to inspect the car before you finally buy. This helps ensure you won’t run into any surprises later, which is more of a risk if you buy a vehicle sight unseen online.

Salvage Car Websites

The quickest way to find rebuilt title cars for sale is by searching the numerous auto salvage websites online. Two websites where you can start your search are ProSalvage and SalvageAuto.

In Summary

Rebuilt title cars, which have been repaired from totaled to pass a safety inspection, are typically sold for half the cost of a “clean” title car. You can find rebuilt title cars for sale either locally or online through places such as eBay, salvage car websites, or your local newspaper. Always make sure to do your due diligence before purchasing a car with a rebuilt title.

You may also be interested in our article about how long you can drive a new car without plates and our article about how many cars you can have in your name at any given time.

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  • We got a great deal on a rebuilt title car. It wasn’t driveable yet, but it just needed a new transmission. We got a transmission from a salvage yard and had some repairs done on it, got that put in the car, and it’s been driving like a dream for 7 years so far!

  • LeisureFreak Tommy says:

    I love cars and love getting a good deal even more. I would consider a salvage titled car but only under certain salvage reasons. I would never buy a salvaged car due to flood if its a car built within the decades since electronic management systems. An old classic without that I may but you are just asking for problems with flood cars and there are a lot of them out there marked as salvage after the past hurricanes and summer down pours.
    On any salvage titled car go in knowing that air bags may have been compromised and be sure you know what you are getting. That said there are many salvaged titled cars that were in minor accidents but repairs came higher than the book value. Those are the ones to look at.