This is a great way to save a lot of money for anyone who is somewhat car savvy and dose not mind putting forth some extra effort to get a car or truck that they may not otherwise be able to afford.
I am not just saying this because I am in the business, I truly believe it. I want to make it clear this is not for everyone. A person needs to know going in the the vehicle they are buying is going to need some repairs 99% of the time amount of repairs can be near nothing to a complete rebuild so pick a car that fits your skill level.
The basics are this; All vehicles sold this way are AS-IS don't let this scare you just know once you by it you own it. It is up to you to get the smog check as well as have the lights and brakes inspected by a state licensed station. If a car dose not pass you can have the repairs done at the station or do them yourself. it's a good idea to walk around the car and check for any non working lights and even pull the wheels and check the condition of the brakes before you take it in. If it is a truck it will need to be weighed at a certified scale, most truck stops have one so that is easy.
DMV will verify the vehicle indentification number. There are no back fees charged to a salvage car all history is erased. The new owner is required to pay a one time $50. resurrection fee the transfer fee and one years worth of license fees.
Not all salvage cars have been in an accident they can end up