Do Not Get Emotionally Involved
Do not, under any circumstances, allow yourself to get emotionally involved. It doesn’t matter how much you want this particular car. If the deal’s not right, walk away. The worst that can happen if you walk away is you miss out on a great deal. But picking up a bad one will cost you more time, money, and stress than you can imagine.
The car can be a great deal, however that deal can go bad quickly with a salvage or similar title designation. If the title has a salvage or similar designation, then the carhas been considered totaled at some point. Don’t believe anyone who tells you that this designation can easily be removed or that it won’t be there when you get your new title. Buyers are rightly very leery of a salvage title, and it could cost you dearly when you try to sell it. Walk away and find a car with a clean title.
Do some research and know how to locate the vehicle identification number (VIN) and any other code tags that pertain to the make you are looking at. Look for any evidence that the tags may have been removed at some point. Most importantly is that they match the title. Know how to check and which numbers to check on a claimed numbers-matching car. It’s very easy to pass off a base model as a high-performance muscle car when it’s all apart.