Title Fraud and Title Cleaning
When purchasing a vehicle, check the title for any "remarks" on
the title that
will denote any discrepancies such as:
Remarks such as these above are causes for alarm. Also, be aware of the limitations of a CARFAX vehicle title report.
A vehicle with a "Recondition" or Salvage" title has been rebuilt from the junk yard. These vehicles have been declared a total loss and not repairable. These vehicles should be sold to salvage yards for parts. However, many totaled vehicles were never give a "Recondition" or Salvage" title. "Curbstoners and unethical dealers and repair shops buy these totaled vehicles and cosmetically repair the damage.
Other remarks such on a title such as Flood, Theft recovery, Stolen, True miles unknown, Exceeds mechanical limitations, or Out of state titles can be types of "Reconditioned" or Salvage" vehicles. While these cars with these titles may look good, many are structurally and mechanically unsound and worth only a fraction of book value.
Caution: Titles which contain the above discrepancies can be
"washed" or "cleaned" by simply transferring the title to another state that does
not include discrepancies on the title. A professional inspection will detect these
discrepancies even if the title has been "cleaned."
Always look at the title for remarks. However, a professional mechanical, electrical, and frame inspection from will determine the vehicle's true condition regardless if the title has been "Cleaned".
The #1 reason vehicles with existing problems are purchased is the buyers' inability to determine the current condition before purchase.
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