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Old 08-17-2019, 11:20 PM   #1
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Hi all,

I'm thinking about buying a 2013 STI HB with a rebuilt title. The dealership gave me a copy of the AutoCheck report and it said it was salvaged due to hitting a curb and was rebuilt in 2014. I checked the car out today and it looks super clean; inside and out, including the engine bay. Minor corrosion because it was in NY at one point.
Before I commit, I was going to take it to the nearest Subaru dealership and do some tests.
The used car dealership claims everything was replaced with OEM but the intercooler has the red STI print. (If I remember correctly, the STI's 08 and after don't have the STI print.)
I'm not concerned with resale because I plan on keeping it until it dies.
If the Subaru dealership says it's good then I was going to buy. Anyone have any advice or other input?
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Old 08-17-2019, 11:58 PM   #2
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insurance is sometimes an issue with salvage title cars, so definitely look into that before pulling the trigger.
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Old 08-18-2019, 02:01 AM   #3
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insurance is sometimes an issue with salvage title cars, so definitely look into that before pulling the trigger.
Oh yeah definitely. If my bank and insurance aren't cool with it then I'm just going to pull the plug there. If they say yes, then I'll proceed with getting it inspected by Subaru techs.
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Old 08-18-2019, 04:20 AM   #4
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Must've been one hell of a curb to warrant salvage title when it was practically brand new
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In general, a rebuilt title car has a value between 50% and 60% that of a clean title car. Flood is at the low end, recovered theft at the top. Even if the car is absolutely perfect, the next buyer isn't going to give you more than that and a dealer will stick with 50% on a trade.
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Old 08-18-2019, 10:11 AM   #6
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I wouldn’t worry about insurance as much as I would the bank. Depending on what state you’re from I think there’s a couple states that if you were to “sell” the car in would issue a new title without the mark of prior salvage
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Old 08-18-2019, 11:43 AM   #7
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Rebuilt anything is a solid pass for me.
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Old 08-18-2019, 06:06 PM   #8
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Must've been one hell of a curb to warrant salvage title when it was practically brand new
It's about all the info I could find on the autocheck. It all happened in NY in 2014 so my only guess is, the driver was bookin it in the snow and smashed into a curb. No frame damage though, unless it wasn't reported.
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Old 08-18-2019, 10:08 PM   #9
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Look at auctions like copart using the VIN and look for auction photos. It would be surprising to nobody to hear a prior owner say that it "just" hit a curb. Maybe he left out that there was a concrete bridge abutment on the other side of the curb that pushed 2 feet of the front of the car in and bent the unibody.
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It all happened in NY in 2014 so my only guess is, the driver was bookin it in the snow and smashed into a curb. No frame damage though, unless it wasn't reported.
It takes a fair amount of damage to total a 1 or 2 year old STi... it may have "just hit a curb" but there was probably quite a bit of damage. I wonder if the dealership can check if the engine/transmission in the car are the ones that came with it by looking at serial numbers... if it "just hit a curb" and grenaded the transmission and pushed the radiator support into the timing belt, it might have needed both which would probably be a total. If someone had that car and a car that got smashed in the back, they could have cobbled everything together to make 1 "good" car... you never know...
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Old 08-21-2019, 10:30 PM   #11
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Fairly well versed in insurance here, the only issue with insurance would be that it was totaled, they wouldn't pay nearly as much as what it's worth, as an insurance company has previously paid for it. And when pulling a loan out, (if the bank even allows it) insurance is essential to ensure you don't get worked over by a not At Fault accident. As said by numerous people above me, it totally depends on how much damage occurred due to 'hitting a curb' but it is probably quite a bit. Or none at all. It's incredibly hard with salvaged/rebuilt titles.
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