If I were you I would run away from that car and never look back or even think twice about it. I do not care how nice it may be because it has been salvaged for a reason. Take it from me I am a car dealer and deal with hundreds of cars. When a car has been salvaged the insurance company declares fixing the problem is worth more than the vehicle; hence it being salvaged.
This car is only going to give you hell. Maybe not know but sooner or later it will. Take into consideration that aftermarket parts were probably used and the fact you do not know who did the labor.
Plus this guy must be out of his mind with that kind of price. You can find a 98 all day with a clean title and probably cleaner than his.
Anyways at the end of the day it is your decision. Take my advice or just ignore it you decide.
Your advice above is asinine, I would only expect such an idiotic comment from a car dealer. You should do some research before you go online posting such imbecile advice and stupid remarks. Salvage DOES NOT equal total loss or substantial damage. It is merely a way for manufacturers and insurance companies of washing their hands from any future liability after an initial claim, whether the car suffered any actual damage OR NOT. Leaving your sunroof open for 2 minutes in a rain storm will TOTAL any car which is then branded with a flood salvage title, even though it suffers NO permanent damage.
I have bought over 60 cars over the past 20 years with some kind of salvage history, and most cars are still in operation today, with the only exception being the ones that have been junked due to subsequent accidents or as an example, my 500SL that was recently stolen and was never found (I made over $12k on that transaction
). I have bought most makes and models, including a 2 year old Bentley that was a flood vehicle, but had NO WATER DAMAGE.
I like to tinker with cars as a hobby, so I source cars for family members and friends, most with salvage titles. THE KEY IS: YOU HAVE TO KNOW WHAT YOU'RE BUYING AND THOROUGHLY INSPECT THE VEHICLE; PRIOR DAMAGE, IF ANY, IS IRRELEVANT, YOU ARE BUYING THE CAR FOR IT'S PRESENT CONDITION, NOT THE PAST.