Date registered: Jul 2004
Vehicle: 2005 E320 CDI, 1995 E300D, 2002 Avalanche
Location: Southcoast Massachusetts
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If the vehicle is "totaled" and the insurance compnay sells it at auction, it goes with a salvage title. I used to work in the "recycling" industry. These cars would get the door pulled back to access power lock, or they would break a window. They would then pull off the steering column and bust the ignition. At the chop area the airbags would get pulled, wheels, tires, radio and if it were a pro job, seats, doors, bonnet, boot lid, and grille. Thiefs don't drive like granny. I have seen cars with dented undersides and leaking trannys. Many unreputable shops would buy these cars then sell them to unsuspecting ebay buyers with newspaper stuffed where the airbag belongs. Cheap aftermarket door skins from the far east and a Maaco $99.00 paint job. Good as new for at least a month. Granted, you may find a good deal, but make sure you thoroughly check the car out.