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    Is there a way to convert a salvage/rebuilt title to a clean

    As the title says.

    I am looking for a supra and I asked the owner for the copy of the title and it seems like a regular clean title.

    But once I checked the carfax it stated that the car had a accident and was issued a salvaged title and I noticed that the salvage title was in Georgia and it was sold to a new owner in Florida and the title was "washed", the carfax also said a new title was issued.

    What is washing a title? Is it water damage? How is it possible to unbrand a branded title?

    Lastly how should I value this car?

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    "washing a title" means removing the salvage designation from the title. It doesn't have to refer to water damage; if the salvage was for any reason and then retitled without the salvage designation, then it was "washed". In some states there is no legal way to do it. Other states have slacker laws about this and have legal methods to convert a salvage title back to clean.

    How you value it depends on your point of view, and part of that is if the "washing" was done legally or not. To me a salvage is always a salvage. But to someone else, if upon thorough inspection it all looks good then you put your own value on it. It could be a very well repaired salvage and to some that would be acceptable.
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    Thank you very much.
    With a title like this, will I be able to fully insure all the parts and all of the car and title the car back to Ohio?
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    I don't know but maybe somebody will step up who does. I would ask your insurance company and even find out how your local DOT in Ohio handles that situation.

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    If everything was repaired correctly I dont see a prob with it..my car has a salvage tittle but it happened when the car had 9k miles on it..I did alot of research on the car after I bought it. The water damage happened at 9k and the car has 200, 000 miles on it. I replaced everything on this car, so I know it is 100% but if I ever want to sell it im sure it will be hard even if the car makes 1000 hp..

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    Quote Originally Posted by turbomike76 View Post
    If everything was repaired correctly I dont see a prob with it..my car has a salvage tittle but it happened when the car had 9k miles on it..I did alot of research on the car after I bought it. The water damage happened at 9k and the car has 200, 000 miles on it. I replaced everything on this car, so I know it is 100% but if I ever want to sell it im sure it will be hard even if the car makes 1000 hp..
    Is your title branded or a clean title and just has a bad carfax history? Also how much of a lost do you think you will take if you were to sell it comparing it to a similar car with similar mods, mileage but a clean title?

    Thank you guys very much

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    Washed title or not it is still a branded title if someone were to do some research, on average I see a 25% to 50% loss of value. I have bought and sold a few cars in the past with a branded title, (one was washed) and always bought it way below normal value. Washing only works IMO for people who are too lazy to check other than looking at the title. For example I bought a 06 350z enthusiast package at the end of 2009, it was a theft recovery, I paid almost 7k under a normal title car in the same condition and mileage. Drove it for a few months and sold it. Some people dont care but for me I wold never pay anywhere near normal price for a branded/washed title.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TonyN View Post
    Washed title or not it is still a branded title if someone were to do some research, on average I see a 25% to 50% loss of value. I have bought and sold a few cars in the past with a branded title, (one was washed) and always bought it way below normal value. Washing only works IMO for people who are too lazy to check other than looking at the title. For example I bought a 06 350z enthusiast package at the end of 2009, it was a theft recovery, I paid almost 7k under a normal title car in the same condition and mileage. Drove it for a few months and sold it. Some people dont care but for me I wold never pay anywhere near normal price for a branded/washed title.
    Did you lose any money after you sold it or was the time frame span to small for the price to decrease any further?

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    you will lose money if you keep it to drive and sell eventually down the road, i bought it to flip so i did not lose money. There is a very nice clean single turbo in the for sale section right now, salvage title, if it was clean it would easily fetch 6k-8k more

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    I bought my car to keep it and enjoy it so the water damage on the title didnt bother me at all. If I ever sell it I will let anyone who is intrester in buying the car talk to the 2 shops that have done work on the car, vouch how clean the car is.

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    Ive thought about dumping my red MKIV TT for a salavge running tt since it would be a dedicated race car and I would never sell it unless as a roller for dirt cheap anyways. I say hit up a few people you trust in States that dont require an inspection and boom there you go. I know SC and OH both dont require vehicle inspections at all. So theres a start. Three states later the bitch will show clean lol.
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    talk to your local russians. i'm sure they can help you. pretty crafty ppl.

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    It all really comes down to what type of person you are. If a salvage title car doesn't bother you then by all means buy it and enjoy it for what it is. Sometimes sellers of salvage title cars are more negotiable and it makes you coming out on top on the sale.

    For me I'm the type of person I refuse to own any salvage title cars, unless it was a car I don't care for and only buy it to flip it.

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