Theft Recovery Salvage
Broken car window

A car that has earned a salvage title because it was stolen and later returned can be a bargain.


Bingo! This can be the golden ticket designation for a salvage auto. Basically, if a stolen car isn't recovered within three weeks -- or in some cases, 30 days -- the insurance company pays the original owner and writes the stolen car off as a total loss. If the car is found after that, it gets a salvage title -- and it might not have any damage at all.

Then again, it might. And dealers aren't stupid -- they expect to sell autos salvaged due to theft recovery at higher prices than a car salvaged due to damage.

Like any used car, and especially a used salvage car, be sure to have a theft recovery vehicle inspected by a reputable repair shop prior to purchase -- it may have unseen damage.