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Old 02-16-2012, 08:12 AM   #1 (permalink)
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What does a rebuild/reconstructed title mean to classic car guys?

Well i am checking out a 85 mercury capri, but the car has a reconstructed title, but in an older car, more less a classic, what does that mean?

does anyone know anything about them? the pictures look amazing on the car, im just waiting to get some underbody shots of the car, the autofax said it was in a wreck in 94.

from anyone who knows about these types of situations, would there be a problem getting the title switched to a nj title? from pa? im just wondering what kind of bull**** if any ill have to go through.
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Re: What does a rebuild/reconstructed title mean to classic car guys?

I donot think there will be a problem with it. Like here in nc when a car/truck has been wrecked , flooded and so forth one has to report what damage has been done to the car before you sell it . The next title should give a buyer the knowledge what has happened to it in past. I had a truck like that once and title came back as flood on title but I ran it through , got tags and latter sold it.
When a car has been wrecked such as yours it was probably a salvage title , we can do that here and donot have to pay taxes on it . In turn when you bring it back out you can have title reinstated from salvage . I would guess that would come back as a reconstructed car, hence title reflects to car as being same. Meaning it has been wrecked.

Hope that helps, someone may post more if I am wrong.
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Re: What does a rebuild/reconstructed title mean to classic car guys?

the car is not worth what a not salvage car is worth so you will never get full resale value.as long as who ever fixed it did a good job you will probaly never know the diff.but here once it has a salvage title you can not get a reg title but you can still get tags and everything.at least here it is basically a normal title that will let anyone who buys it know that at some time it was totaled.
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Old 02-16-2012, 10:40 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Re: What does a rebuild/reconstructed title mean to classic car guys?

Hope it's the car of your dreams and you don't plan on selling it. If you really like it and have the work checked out be a mechanic 'that you trust' and can get it for a good price go for it. Just make sure the seller isn't trying to unload it on you. Cover thy own a$$!
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Re: What does a rebuild/reconstructed title mean to classic car guys?

It is a 85 capri, 5.0, 5 speed i love the looks of it, i was looking for a fox body mustang and came across this and from the pictures it looks sweet as hell, 2 owner car, in the same area all this time, adult owned....the wreck was in 94, so it seems to me everything was worked out since then and for the last 3 years it has been his "daily driver" only bringing in around 10k according to the auto fax....its being sold for 3200 which i feel for as good of shape as it is, is a great price, probably cause no one else would buy it though... idk what do you guys think? those year mustangs/capris are some of my favorite muscle cars...
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It is a 85 capri, 5.0, 5 speed i love the looks of it, i was looking for a fox body mustang and came across this and from the pictures it looks sweet as hell, 2 owner car, in the same area all this time, adult owned....the wreck was in 94, so it seems to me everything was worked out since then and for the last 3 years it has been his "daily driver" only bringing in around 10k according to the auto fax....its being sold for 3200 which i feel for as good of shape as it is, is a great price, probably cause no one else would buy it though... idk what do you guys think? those year mustangs/capris are some of my favorite muscle cars...
If you like the car and feel it is good deal go check it out. R titled cars aren't really as big of a deal as they use to be. Esp if it is a desirable car. My sons first car (Mitsu 3000 Gt)was a R title. I checked the car out and it was in good shape, maintained, and safe, drove like new. guy sold the car cheaper because it was R title. Son had the car 2 years (with no issues)when we found good deal on 3000Gt VR-4 and sold the first one, actually sold it for more than we paid for it. R titled cars IMO are ok if they were fixed right.

If it already has the R title then all th B#!!$hit stuff is already done. it will transfer just like a normal title. A R title is hard to get financed but cash works.
In PA once a car is totaled it will get a salvage certificate. Which is transferable but can't get plates, insurance, or drive it with salvage certificate. Once the car has been repaired it needs to be taken to a inspection station that does enhanced inspections and have one done. The inspection mechanic will sign off on it assuming it passes and will sign the forms to apply for title. the forms and 4 pictures of car are then sent in for application for title. all goes right it is issued a R Title. once it has R title it can be issued plates and driven just like any other car

If the damage was done in 1994 that was 18 years ago, Would think any issues have been resolved. Check tires to see if any weird wear patterns.
See if you can find out what damage car had? Sometimes cars are totaled for less damage than you may think. If the insurance comp thinks car will have unseen damages that will take more a lot more to repair than estimate (like engine trans problems) then they will just total it.
Couple years ago my blazer was stolen and crashed. left front clip no frame damage. But the car was run pretty hard and was worried about eng/trans problem's. The adjuster said he wasn't going to get into all that and just totaled it.

And sometimes if the person that owns car is a nightmare customer they will total it if it is close to whatever percentage they use now just to get out of the headache.

I always liked the look of the Capri's. If the car checks out Offer the guy 2500-2800 and see what happens. it being a "R" title he might sell cheaper

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Wow thank you for all that information, it really helps ease me about the rtitle.
here is the link of the car, tell me what you guys think. good deal? not worth it?

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Re: What does a rebuild/reconstructed title mean to classic car guys?

you may also call your insurance broker regards the r-title and see what he say's....
looks like driver seat back is broken or is about to...
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Re: What does a rebuild/reconstructed title mean to classic car guys?

I think I would want to look at and drive that car before buying it.

My Stepdad has bought 2 cars from out of state off Ebay, and both times has bought a POS. Hope he has learned his lesson.

Looks pretty grungy under the hood for being restored with low miles since.

Also, look at the floor under the drivers seat. The pre 85/86 cars were prone to the floors cracking under the seat mounts.
And all of the Mustangs and Capris seat backs would crack from people grabbing 2 gear hard.

Car may be ok. I like them but would really look it over, drive it and as has been said look for odd tire wear.

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Old 02-17-2012, 06:53 AM   #10 (permalink)
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yeah i would surely be looking and test driving it, i live right outside of atlantic city, so it is definitly a hike, which is why im asking questions haha, if it was even half as close, i wouldve just check it out by now.

anyone else have anything to say about it?
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Old 02-17-2012, 10:20 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Re: What does a rebuild/reconstructed title mean to classic car guys?

Back in the Day a totaled car was really a totaled car, then prices of repairing them rose and the price of the cars fell and then a totaled vehicle, coule be in 100% satisfactory condition but sold to a wrecking yard due to cost of repair versus replacing the car Etc...
This process is what's made buying Salvage Titled cars and Reconstructed Titled cars less risky than in earlier times.

Still a full inspection of every item you can see will give you peace of mind before buying.

This car you mention, an 85 Capri... Not so much a classic as a car, more simply from age (being over 25 technically) but style is what makes an old car a classic in my eyes.
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