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E36 M3 (1992-1999) {Euro - S50 B32 321hp @ 7400 rpm} {U.S. - S52 B32 240 hp @ 6000 rpm}
Total Produced: 71,212 - Years Produced: 1992 to 1999


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Old Wed, Sep-13-2017, 01:12:00 PM   #31
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Default Re: Title: Salvage or Clean?

Rebuilt title = Salvage title

A general rule of thumb is salvage title/rebuilt title cars are worth half what a clean title car sells for.

I would consider a salvage title vehicle if I knew the extent of the damage and how it was fixed.
I would expect to pay half of retail and expect to sell for half of retail when I was done with it.

Also consider when the car was totaled. It would take a lot of damage to total a 2 year old M3.
A 20 year old 325i sedan could be totaled if it needs a bumper cover.
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Default Re: Title: Salvage or Clean?

I might buy an M3 with a rebuilt title. It was totaled 9-10 years ago due to some front end damage, but it doesn't seem too serious and it didn't cause any frame or suspension damage. It does need about $1,000 worth of exterior parts/work (repaint hood, replace all black trim and badges, etc). For its purpose as a daily/beater car (which I will still care for), I think the rebuilt title is okay because I won't feel as bad if something happens to the car, as compared to a sub-100k mile car in perfect condition at 2.5x the price.

Compare that to my E46 M3 with clean title and $30k thrown at it, that was totaled due to flooding. Dealing with geico is a nightmare. The financial loss and emotional distress would be less with a cheaper E36 with rebuilt title.

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I might buy an M3 with a rebuilt title. It was totaled 9-10 years ago due to some front end damage, but it doesn't seem too serious and it didn't cause any frame or suspension damage. It does need about $1,000 worth of exterior parts/work (repaint hood, replace all black trim and badges, etc). For its purpose as a daily/beater car (which I will still care for), I think the rebuilt title is okay because I won't feel as bad if something happens to the car, as compared to a sub-100k mile car in perfect condition at 2.5x the price.

Compare that to my E46 M3 with clean title and $30k thrown at it, that was totaled due to flooding. Dealing with geico is a nightmare. The financial loss and emotional distress would be less with a cheaper E36 with rebuilt title.

It's still damaged 10 years later?
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It's still damaged 10 years later?
No, that's a picture of the damage from 10 years ago. Hood currently needs paint for a different reason.
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