Rebuilt title: It means that the vehicle has been involved in an accident, usually resulting in the deployment of airbag(s). Once one or more airbags deployed, insurance company "writes" the vehicle off, a vehicle rebuilder re-applies to register the VIN for rebuilt title. Now, I don't want to step on anybody's toe in this matter, but I do not recommend anyone who has no auto repair background or has no "personal" mechanic contacts to purchase a vehicle with rebuilt title. Mainly because, there usually some hidden damage/fault in the vehicle not noticeable at the time of purchase.
It is absolutely true that you should bring your personal mechanic to check any used vehicle before purchase. A mechanic should know, without being asked, what to check, inspect, and look for on a used vehicle. Including, but not limited to, engine mechanical, transmission, the shifting, axles, suspension, steering system, electrical system, body damages. A mechanic should also look at unusual wear and tear which may have resulted from abuse or neglect.
Any time I purchase a used vehicle, I would replace the tune-up parts, replace ALL fluids, clean all nooks and crannies, tighten all nuts and bolts in the chassis, just to bring it back up to OEM specs when the vehicle was new.
Hope this helps.
Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009 AT 1:23 AM