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Hi,
I see a lot of ppl selling salvage and rebuilt bikes, mostly 600cc bikes. What does salvage and rebuilt mean? And would you recommend anyone to buy bikes with these titles?

I am trying to buy a 2001-2002 Yamaha R6 for cash.
I have seen some clear titles for 5000 and over,
but I have seen salvage and rebuilt ones for as low as 3500!

Which one should I get?
 

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a salvage or rebuilt title means the bike was damaged to an extent beyond the fair pmarket value of the bike... ie the bike was " totaled" just like a car... someone decided to fix it up, so to protect the people the govt marks those bikes and cars as salvage/rebuilt...


do you want a wrecked bike that has damage(evan fixed) that totaled it???

plus S and RB bikes have hurdles to overcome in registering them again, and some states will not allow you to register a S or RB vehicle if it wasnt totaled in that state!!! spend the extra $$$, there may be some damage that wasnt fixed, the frame night be out of whack etc... you only got 2 wheels on a bike, make sure your machine is solid, dont cut corners here...
 

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You want to VERY careful buying a salvaged titled bike...

#1....sometimes the bike is crashed so bad as to damage the frame, i.e. so it's NOT straight..but the tech, will look at it, and say it's o.k...BUT a frame needs to be measurred, to be sure it's straight...which dealers Don't do..

#2...Check with your State's laws regarding "Salvaged Titles" as there could be either none allowed, or a very long waiting time to get it inspected.

#3...If your gonna buy a salvaged bike, especailly from a private party..have the bike Thouroghly checked out before completeing the transaction..have the lower fairinggs removed to check for damage.. sometimes, you can get lucky, and get a bike that was lowsided easily...often not...so beware...
 

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Yea like these guys said if you're going to buy a salvage bike make sure you know what you're getting into.

Rebuilt I feel is different though. I bought my R6 with a rebuilt pennslyvania title but that means it has already gone through all the steps required to put it back on the road. I was able to transfer the title just as you would any other clear one. Be wary but I was able to get the R6 I wanted and no one would ever know it was rebuilt except for the small "rebuilt PA" in the bottom right of my title.
 

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can be ok

We have all heard of the guy, or maybe yourself, who layed the bike down lightly and managed to scrape $7000 worth of tank/fairings, etc. Insurance totals out a great bike with only cosmetic damage. So...buying a salvaged bike can be a great way to get a great bike at a low price. As everyone else said...be aware, be smart when shopping!
 

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Ah, what's the worst that can happen:rolleyes:

I thought about going this route, then backed away for all the reasons listed above.
 

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Woudja buy an airplane with a salvaged or rebuilt title?

I think it depends on what you're gonna do with the bike.
If you're going to ride around easy, or stunt it would probably be cool. If you plan on riding fast or far, you'd be better off buying a bike a year or two older that was well taken care of than a newer one in dubious condition.
 
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