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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old Mar 13th, 07, 11:25 AM Thread Starter
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State Farm buy back?

Will State Farm allow you to buy back a totalled car?

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post #2 of 16 (permalink) Old Mar 13th, 07, 11:41 AM
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Some insurance companies will let you buy back, but beware that the title will probably be salvage or something similar. Insurance companies hate reinsuring cars that have been total loss.
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Yea, I know there would be a salvage title, I do not think he(they) plan on driving it, though. Just to hang on to it, and take a few things from it for a replacement.

I know there are a few who do let you buy them back, but I was told that State Farm was not one of them?

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Several years ago my 70 ElCamino was totaled. State Farm let me keep it for 20% of the appraised value. I rebuilt it and State Farm is the current insurer.

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Same here on a 80 Grand Prix that I totaled although I chose not to buy it back (although the opportunity was presented to me).
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post #6 of 16 (permalink) Old Mar 13th, 07, 1:28 PM
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Re: State Farm buy back?

I also have been able to buy the wreck back after we settled on price. It was very cheap to buy/keep it. State Farm was the insurer.
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Re: State Farm buy back?

Just went thru this last week. I could buy back my Suburban for 25% of the value. If you choose to keep your car, they just give you a check for the lesser amount, you keep your car, but surrender your titile to them. You'll get a salvage title back from the state. But, that's in Texas and may be different where you live.

For me it wasn't worth it as it had 200,000 miles on it and the frame & rocker were bent bad. I took the money and ran, after I stripped as many parts as I could.....he he.

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post #8 of 16 (permalink) Old Mar 13th, 07, 3:23 PM
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Re: State Farm buy back?

I have bought my car back from state farm back in 2001

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I think the main issues are that you can not get "full" coverage; you can only get liability insurance on it, plus it voids your factory warranty. Some states will give it a normal title after being registered with the salvage title for five or so years.

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Re: State Farm buy back?

Speaking of State Farm, do they REALLY drive the Camaro Convertible off the cliff in the current ad or is it digital????

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Speaking of State Farm, do they REALLY drive the Camaro Convertible off the cliff in the current ad or is it digital????
It was probably a dynacorn repro.
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Yea, I know there would be a salvage title, I do not think he(they) plan on driving it, though. Just to hang on to it, and take a few things from it for a replacement.

I know there are a few who do let you buy them back, but I was told that State Farm was not one of them?

-Todd

Here in NY the salvage title only applies if the vehicle is 8 years old or newer, according to the adjuster who was out to look at my 96 F350 a couple of weeks ago.

It was declared a total loss according to the insurance company (Encompass) based on thier valuation using by ADP. They sent me some paperwork that I had to signed off on the total loss and bought it back for about $1600, they sent me a check for $6700 a couple of days later. I never sent them my title or keys.

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If the insurance carrier does allow you to buy the car back... several things.
1. If your state law requires it: you will have a branded title.
2. You can insure it again for full coverage if you have indeed corrected what was damaged prior. This would require a CARCO inspection. *Proof that vehicle was repaired to pre-accident condition.
3. If they come up with 25% or 20% etc..salvage deducted off of your ACV (actual cash value), ask them why or how. Often the state regulation calls for this %.... but you the insurer may also may be required to acquire up to 3 salvage bids from licensed salvors. (junk yards..dismantlers) And that figure could be to your benefit. (or not).
4. You may be saving the insurance carrier a bunch of $ in salvage processing fees at a salvage yard....(tow/storage/title transfer... ): does not hurt to bring it up to the claims adjuster.

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post #14 of 16 (permalink) Old Mar 13th, 07, 10:17 PM
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They cannot brand the car salvage if you do not give them the title. Make a deal for the salvage BEFORE you settle/fork over the title that way you will not have a salvage title. They cannot brand your title if they do not have your title.

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post #15 of 16 (permalink) Old Mar 15th, 07, 11:55 PM
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Re: State Farm buy back?

I'm with State Farm. My 1992 Plymouth Laser was totalled in 2003. They gave me $6500 for it and I bought it back for $250.00 and made over $4000 parting it out. It had very low miles.

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