To check the parts on a salvage title car, have the vehicle fully inspected by a professional mechanic. It is recommended to have the vehicle inspected prior to purchasing it, as a mechanic can determine what condition the vehicle is in, whether any prior repairs were done correctly, and if the frame or any parts is still in need of further repairs.
AutoGuide.com notes that vehicles with either a salvage or irreparable title are often a good choice for those looking for parts, as the various parts can be used to extend the life of another similar vehicle. On the other hand, buying a salvage title vehicle can also be quite risky if the new owner wishes to actually drive the car. This is because many insurance companies refuse to provide comprehensive coverage for vehicles that have previously had a salvage title, and it is also difficult to register a salvage title car as the vehicle must be fully inspected and all damage properly repaired before the Department of Transportation can register it.
However, there are many reasons that a vehicle may be given a salvage title. While car crashes that result in serious damage are a common reason, vehicles that were reported stolen and were missing for a specific amount of time may also be given salvage titles. In this case, the vehicle may have little to no damage and therefore may be a good deal.