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post #1 of 14 Old 05-04-2021, 10:58 PM Thread Starter
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Buying Salvage WJ?

Greetings Folks,

I currently own a 2003 WJ 4.0 L 2 wheel drive with just over 125,000 miles on it. It's not in bad shape, just smaller things lately. Getting it to pass smog this year was a *****, but I got it done.
I was browsing a website and came across a dude selling a 2003 WJ with a bad tranny - no engine, says it has a new radiator and most everything else. He lists the condition as salvage. Price $200.
I don't care about the trans or engine, I am mainly interested in the interior. My idea is to buy the complete car, have it towed to my house where I can take what I want and then sell or give it to a junkyard. The seats alone would be well worth the $200.

My question is this: In California, what am I looking at DMV-wise when buying a vehicle like this from a private owner? I don't want to pull the trigger and buy this thing only later find out I have to pay some enormous bull**** fees and/or run into a big hassle when it comes time to get rid of it. I'm hoping there won't be any kind of registration fee or something like that as it's not going back on the road.

It would be so sweet if I could pull off paying only $200 and it's only 15 miles away from me. I appreciate any suggestions.

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post #2 of 14 Old 05-04-2021, 11:15 PM
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Buy it, take what you need, sell it to someone else for $100?
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Is it even legally a car with no engine or tranny?
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Taking a SWAG, if it's got a salvage title then it should be like buying parts requiring nothing else. I would check with your local DMV.
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seems as long as it is not on a street ever wont be an issue. How can it have that title unless it was made so by an INS claim? Just because it broke should not change the title. Now if its past do from the other guy. never registered might be an issue not sure on Cali laws for that.

sounds more like buying a junk car then one that was changed to "salvage". Once they do that if it was going back in use might be many hurdles to jump. INS issues ect. But as parts is parts...ii would think
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post #6 of 14 Old 05-05-2021, 10:21 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the replies ya'll. I'm thinking along the same lines as you are... it seems it should be no different than buying a pile of parts. I was just checking first to see if anyone knew something I didn't know about this process before I got my hopes up. I'm going to contact the DMV and the seller today and hopefully go eyeball it and get specifics. I'll let you know what happens.

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I think we've all heard of the saying "If it seems to good to be true it usually is". I'm happy to report that the old saying doesn't apply to this case. The Jeep is just non-oped instead of salvage/junked so it's as if I;m buying a pile of parts. It has no engine, trans is bad, no cat-vert but it's okay. I don't need any of those. The interior is what I was interested in and just my luck, the interior intact minus the rear seat back on the driver side. Again, don't need that. the fronts are good and the driver power seat track was not broken, cracked, bent or twisted. From what I saw the inside is all there. The only thing that could make this an even better score would be if he'd deliver it to my house... pfft yeah right!

Well, for a small fee he said he'll have it at my house by 10 AM tomorrow morning. Awesome! $200 for the entire car (minus what I listed that is gone/bad) and $50 to have it delivered. This man's generosity is exceptional and I'm so glad that I didn't write this off as some kind of scam.
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Thanks for the replies ya'll. I'm thinking along the same lines as you are... it seems it should be no different than buying a pile of parts. I was just checking first to see if anyone knew something I didn't know about this process before I got my hopes up. I'm going to contact the DMV and the seller today and hopefully go eyeball it and get specifics. I'll let you know what happens.

- Thanks again -

why invite the man into your life? just buy it, grab your parts, scrap the rest. don't register it, or title it. YOU make the problem, when you invite the man into your business. harvest your parts, dump the carcass. give the old title to the junkyard when they come and pick it up.
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Golden-Arm, Thanks for the reply. I too prefer to keep "the man" out of my life as much as possible.
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I don't know about California, but her in Indiana, it would be no issue. What I would do here, buy it and accept the signed title, strip what I want off of it, and sell the rest to a junk yard, and hand them the title the previous owner signed. If you aren't driving it on public roads, no need to ever have any of it in your name. heck, if your getting it for $200, might make a profit off of it even after keeping your parts.
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post #12 of 14 Old 05-10-2021, 01:30 AM Thread Starter
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mdwildcat04, Thanks for your reply. I'm hoping it's still like that here.
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post #13 of 14 Old 05-10-2021, 03:31 PM
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talk to a local salvage yard, they should be able to tell you all you need to know.
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post #14 of 14 Old 05-11-2021, 07:19 AM
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If the seller has a salvage title you can transfer it to your name and have it non-op'd. Go to DMV or AAA can do it as well. Just make sure the seller currently has it non-op'd and there are no back fees.
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