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Found a reasonable buy on a wee-strom but add says it is a salvage title.

"This bike was bought at a State Farm Ins. sale. It had been laid down on the right side. It has minor scrapes on some right side plastic and they salvaged it. It will be sold with a rebuilt title. The only thing we did to bike was put a clutch switch on it."

Price is pretty good.

What should I look out for in checking out a bike like this to get a good buy but not get hosed?
 

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Can't answer the mechanical end of it but I'd call my insurance provider and ask if the title designator makes a difference in the rate they charge.
 

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Check it out for sure!

I'm not worried AT ALL about purchasing a bike with a salvage title. Of course you want to look it over, just as you would if it weren't salvage.

I was hit by a car last September. State farm totalled my bike. I couldn't believe it. My Jesse boxes did wonders, crash bars did their job, I walked away with a giant bump on my shin and a scuff on my ankle.

The shop I took my bike in to get the assesment for insurance looked over it with a fine comb. Headlight was scratched = new headlight. Crashbars scratched = new crashbars. This was the case for every part that had even the slightest scuff.

I took the money and kept the bike. There is not a single thing wrong with the bike, I've put over 5,000 miles on it since then.

Next time I'm in the market for a new bike, I'll be checking out the insurance yards FOR SURE!!

Good luck!
 

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So the bike already has a rebuilt title? Is it a GA rebuilt title or another state?

My wife and I purchased a 2008 Kawasaki Ninja 650R salvaged a couple years back. (It had 1k miles on it). It looked like someone had just rode through bunch of briar bushes as there were scratches everywhere, but the bike was intact other than the rear fender. We put a new set of bars, a new rear fender and had it inspected and got a "rebuilt title" We put 18k miles on it before selling. These days, they will total a bike for almost anything, so I have no issues with buying a salvaged/rebuilt bike if you get a good deal.

Buying a salvaged bike in GA and getting it a rebuilt GA title actually isn't that hard or expensive. If it already has a rebuilt title and its a GA title, you are home free. No issues at all, you will just sign it over like any other bike you buy. All the hard stuff has been done. It's just always going to have a rebuilt title. If its another state's title and you are bringing it to GA, then GA requires you to have it "inspected" again to get a GA rebuilt title. A bit more of pain, but not out of the question.

The bike will always have a lower "resale" to the general public as some people tend to shy away from rebuilt bikes, but if you plan on owning it for a long time and putting the miles on, its a great way to get a bike for reasonable. As for insurance, liability will be no problem, but some companies won't do "full coverage" on rebuilt bikes and others will, but you'll most likely get a lower pay off if you ever total it since its was salvaged already once.
 

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This is what a "rebuilt" GA title looks like. Just that notation of rebuilt under the owner's name.



If you want to read the entire process we went through a few years back actually buying a salvaged bike and getting it inspected, its really not that bad in GA.

Finally Brought Her Home

Salvage to Rebuilt: The Inspection
 

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Blue Lighting your post is a great help. The vehicle is out of state so I would have to get the inspection and will have to subtract that cost in my offer amount.

The hassle is going 400 miles to inspect it not knowing if I will want to bring it home after seeing it. It will be a month before I have a chance to go so may not still be available.
 

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Alabama Salvage Titles are a PITA.......laws are different, lots of hoops to jump thru if the Alabama resident wants to get it changed to "Rebuilt". It can be done, but not as easily as Geegaw.
 

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Every state's laws are different on this matter. Some states require the insurance company to total the bike if the damage is a high percentage (still under 100%) of the bike's book value. Some states allow the repaired and inspected bike to get a clean title, and some never allow this. BlueLightening's info is very useful for anyone in Georgia.
 

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I effectively bought back my Wee after crashing last July. I asked my Ins co, State Farm, about insuring a salvage bike and was told, no problem.
I replaced the severely wanged parts and am currently riding it. With full coverage.
 

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Blue Lighting your post is a great help. The vehicle is out of state so I would have to get the inspection and will have to subtract that cost in my offer amount.

The hassle is going 400 miles to inspect it not knowing if I will want to bring it home after seeing it. It will be a month before I have a chance to go so may not still be available.
Yeah, even if its rebuilt in another state, my understanding is GA still requires an inspection. Good thing is the inspection is all about the money and they really don't focus on anything in particular.

Definitely get lots of pics and and details about the bike. If I'm driving 400 miles to pick up a bike, I'm pretty much coming home with it unless something totally jumps out at me about it that I forgot to check out or ask.
 

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Here in Kentucky all out of state vehicles require a Sheriff's inspection if being brought into the state. As to getting a rebuilt title in this state, it has to be inspected and roadworthy before a title will be issued. How difficult this is varies by county. Here where I live, the Deputy will come out, make sure it has seats and pegs, headlights and turn signals and good tires. He will then get the numbers off of the engine and frame and watch you start it. The title will then be issued as long as you show receipts for the engine and frame (to make sure that neither is stolen). Those numbers also have to come back as clean in the computer. In the county that Lexington is in, the bike has to meet all of the above AND also be returned to "as new" condition and that you have spent over 60% of the book on the bike restoring it - a big hassle as a close friend discovered. He decided to take the bike to Mulinburg County where his folks live to do the whole thing which was a lot simpler. Some counties just require you have all of your paperwork in order.
 

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Resale value will be crap, so your good deal better be like 50 cents on the dollar good deal or you're not going to save any money in the long run over buying a non-salvage bike.
 

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Check it out for sure!

I'm not worried AT ALL about purchasing a bike with a salvage title. Of course you want to look it over, just as you would if it weren't salvage.

I was hit by a car last September. State farm totalled my bike. I couldn't believe it. My Jesse boxes did wonders, crash bars did their job, I walked away with a giant bump on my shin and a scuff on my ankle.

The shop I took my bike in to get the assesment for insurance looked over it with a fine comb. Headlight was scratched = new headlight. Crashbars scratched = new crashbars. This was the case for every part that had even the slightest scuff.

I took the money and kept the bike. There is not a single thing wrong with the bike, I've put over 5,000 miles on it since then.

Next time I'm in the market for a new bike, I'll be checking out the insurance yards FOR SURE!!

Good luck!
Same situation with me; mine was also entirely cosmetic.

CO does not require a slavage title. I still have my clean title from before the wreck and if I sold it, I am not sure there is even a way to know. Once my insurance agent inspects the bike, she will remove those parts from the "broken" list that I have repaired and they are covered once again. So if I wrecked it again, I could do another damage claim for the same bike minus anything I choose not to fix, like the $800 fork that had scratched paint!
 

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This thread has been great advice, but turns out it is not the ride I want as I am looking for an ABS version. Owner was good at responding to my emals. When I asked about ABS he was not sure so I sent him a photo of what to look for (found here) and he sent one back showing it did not have it.

If anyone is intrested here is the listing link in Kentucky. 2009 Suzuki 650 VSTROM
 
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