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Hey guys thanks for your all concerned, Yes before I set an appointment to inspect I decide to run a VIN Check and purchased the car report from this site: Detailed Vehicle History Report For any Vehicle - 100% Accurate (CHEAP if you guys are thinking of getting car report I highly recommended), it mentioned it has Flood damage!! So yes forget about it, thanks to you guys for your helpful comments, anyone here ever buy a salvage title vehicle? Share your story.

Here is the car report: https://app.detailedvehiclehistory.com/report/vin/2C4RC1BG3JR322475


Hey Chrysler Pacifica team! Hope you all are doing well, thanks for having me here, straight to the topic, I'm interested in owning a 2018 Chrysler Pacifica Touring, This car has a SALVAGE TITLE! here in my location, before ending the deal, I really want to make sure that I'm getting a good reliable car for what I pay, I want to know that what I should be looking for when purchasing this Pacifica, anything to take into consideration, what to look for or any suggestion you guys have, please share it with me,

Some things that I will be looking out for during my inspection day:
noises in the engine
check transmission for slips jolts etc
verify all electrics / features / lights,
coolant or oil leaks
They are asking for the price of $19,500 and it has 41000 Miles with a Salvage Title. Is it worth it or not?

If you guys have any suggestions on what to look at.
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Buying a salvaged titled vehicle is a huge risk. To even consider buying one, I would want to know why it has a salvaged title (wreck, flood, etc), who did the repair, and how the repair was done. With this information, you can make a more informed decision. Without it, it is just a crap shoot whether the salvage reason could leave hidden damage or, in the case of a flood, unresolved electrical corrosion issues. Is the repair person competent or some backyard hack. Were the proper parts and procedures used to repair the vehicle?

Don't go by what the van's appearance. A lot of things can be hidden by a nice paint job and/or a good detailing.
 

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With all the computers in a modern vehicle any flood damage is an automatic NO. I think your looking at a Touring L the giveaway for me is leather seats.
I have a 2018 Pacifica Touring L with 43,000 miles and a clean title it is valued at around $21,000 as a trade in and about $24,000 retail.
Assuming a salvage title reduces the value 50% that brings it down to about $12,000.
 

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Is it flood damaged? If it's just been totaled and repaired with a salvage title it's a different thing altogether. I would be looking at panel alignment inside (air bags) and out, abmormal squeaks and sounds, rust where it shouldn't be, immediately change all fluids even the sealed fluids like the transmission. I would also see about removing the underside protective layer and check out if there's anything hiding up in there such as salt or rust. It hides a lot of that. If they let you, take it on a drive that gets it up to temp and run it through it's paces too. Use a code scanner and scan it as well for any codes it may be throwing but not showing an error message.
 

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Why does it have a salvage title? Flood, or major collision damage? Major collision damage could mean frame was bent, and alignment will never be right, and often repaired panels are not prepped properly and will rust/corrode. Flood damage can cause electrical gremlins forever, might have tainted fluids like brake fluid, engine oil, transmission fluid... I agree with the other comments.
You better check if you can get insurance for it - I am nearly certain if it were totaled that an insurance company would not give you anything near $19,500 for it.
IF you are going to risk it anyway, offer WAY less than $19,500.
 
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With all the computers in a modern vehicle any flood damage is an automatic NO. I think your looking at a Touring L the giveaway for me is leather seats.
I have a 2018 Pacifica Touring L with 43,000 miles and a clean title it is valued at around $21,000 as a trade in and about $24,000 retail.
Assuming a salvage title reduces the value 50% that brings it down to about $12,000.
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That's too much for a salvage titled van.
You could have trouble getting a loan with a salvage title and you'll find it hard to sell in the future.
If you got it for 10-12 thousand, then maybe worth a try, but no more.
I worked in Body Shops for over 30 years and have seen some real hack jobs with salvage titles.
Unless you can afford major repairs, buy something else.
 

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Hey guys thanks for your all concerned, Yes before I set an appointment to inspect I decide to run a VIN Check and purchased the car report from this site: Detailed Vehicle History Report For any Vehicle - 100% Accurate (CHEAP if you guys are thinking of getting car report I highly recommended), it mentioned it has Flood damage!! So yes forget about it, thanks to you guys for your helpful comments, anyone here ever buy a salvage title vehicle? Share your story.

Here is the car report: https://app.detailedvehiclehistory.com/report/vin/2C4RC1BG3JR322475

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lt was 2010, we puechased a 2006 RAM diesel crew cab, from Gibson truck world in fl
they showed us a car fax, Hubby loved this truck, he had inspected it , crawled underneath it
but missed the spliced wires, it Was beautiful, but I wondered why, a perfect paint, and pitted grill?
I had told hubby, no more than $20,000 cash for a truck, Gibson. Told hubby, just finance $5,000, on top of your cash and drive it home, they took his drivers license, our insurance that had both our names on it, we drove it home.

‘’on the way home, the one headlight blinked on and off…next day , Hubby took this truck apart, found painters tape, spliced wire harness, new manual tranny, used to be automatic
the truck computer was for automatic, we had it replaced $1500.00…
wire issue could not be repaired…

i called Gibson, next thing, this guy is trying to repo the truck, I started to call 911, said I wanted my $20,000 and $1500, first and he could take it otherwise the police are coming…
after he saw my bill of sale and receipt he decided to leave, they had hired him to steal our truck because I was talking to the state AG.
I still have the letters from their attorney

they stated we didn’t have insurance, turns out the state didn’t have my hubbies DL #
he was in va hospital when I changed insurance, they had his name, but i didn’t have his
DL number at the time, I called later and gave it to them, he was still on the insurance card
gibson truck world said they had to repo because of insurance….thank you

only way to get out of it, they brought us a check for $20,000. Never paid us the $1500
my mistake was we didn’t save the damaged computer.
I still have bill of sale carfax notes, video etc etc…
and still Dealers dump and buy crap from auctions, right now repair shops have cars they would never work on

i know this is long, this part matters..

this truck was from OK, it was one year old at the time floods in every county, I found silt as high as the windows, the injectors were changed 4 times, finally, Cummins rebuilt the engine,
dodge gave me a lot of info, a fork had floated and was stuck on top of vin number…i could go on and on…. I used car fax, and traced and tracked this truck, it went from one state to another, going from auction to auction, finally salvage was removed from title
it’s called ‘title washing” the last auction happened to be very close to carfax…hmmm


Most of our flood cars end up in places like Belize, they charge big bucks for them and
stick, other countries with our problems, sick right?
 

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I wouldn't trust their information, I entered my VIN and the results showed no accidents when my vehicle has been in a minor accident, it also showed wrong information in the specs/equipment section. And the accident does show up on the Carfax report.
I can say the same for Carfax. I used to have a vehicle that was a previous rental with a clean Carfax. I can prove at least 2 accidents and suspect a third. Before I got it my kids were in 2 more accidents with it both fixed by insurance still had a clean Carfax when I got rid of it 2 years ago.
 

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I can say the same for Carfax. I used to have a vehicle that was a previous rental with a clean Carfax. I can prove at least 2 accidents and suspect a third. Before I got it my kids were in 2 more accidents with it both fixed by insurance still had a clean Carfax when I got rid of it 2 years ago.
Well a least in my case Carfax had the correct information, while that site didn't.
 

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lt was 2010, we puechased a 2006 RAM diesel crew cab, from Gibson truck world in fl
they showed us a car fax, Hubby loved this truck, he had inspected it , crawled underneath it
but missed the spliced wires, it Was beautiful, but I wondered why, a perfect paint, and pitted grill?
I had told hubby, no more than $20,000 cash for a truck, Gibson. Told hubby, just finance $5,000, on top of your cash and drive it home, they took his drivers license, our insurance that had both our names on it, we drove it home.

‘’on the way home, the one headlight blinked on and off…next day , Hubby took this truck apart, found painters tape, spliced wire harness, new manual tranny, used to be automatic
the truck computer was for automatic, we had it replaced $1500.00…
wire issue could not be repaired…

i called Gibson, next thing, this guy is trying to repo the truck, I started to call 911, said I wanted my $20,000 and $1500, first and he could take it otherwise the police are coming…
after he saw my bill of sale and receipt he decided to leave, they had hired him to steal our truck because I was talking to the state AG.
I still have the letters from their attorney

they stated we didn’t have insurance, turns out the state didn’t have my hubbies DL #
he was in va hospital when I changed insurance, they had his name, but i didn’t have his
DL number at the time, I called later and gave it to them, he was still on the insurance card
gibson truck world said they had to repo because of insurance….thank you

only way to get out of it, they brought us a check for $20,000. Never paid us the $1500
my mistake was we didn’t save the damaged computer.
I still have bill of sale carfax notes, video etc etc…
and still Dealers dump and buy crap from auctions, right now repair shops have cars they would never work on

i know this is long, this part matters..

this truck was from OK, it was one year old at the time floods in every county, I found silt as high as the windows, the injectors were changed 4 times, finally, Cummins rebuilt the engine,
dodge gave me a lot of info, a fork had floated and was stuck on top of vin number…i could go on and on…. I used car fax, and traced and tracked this truck, it went from one state to another, going from auction to auction, finally salvage was removed from title
it’s called ‘title washing” the last auction happened to be very close to carfax…hmmm


Most of our flood cars end up in places like Belize, they charge big bucks for them and
stick, other countries with our problems, sick right?
Woah, That's crazy story! I never want to experience this! thanks for sharing your experience.
 

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Well a least in my case Carfax had the correct information, while that site didn't.
Hey, it's free what do you want for nothing. I think they are only as good as the information available to them. In my case it was a former rental. I'm willing to bet Enterprise does not report any damage to Carfax and they fix vehicles out of their own pocket. I can't imaging what collision insurance would cost on 1,000's of vehicles.
 
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