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@decoco -- If you buy a salvage, buy to literally own for the rest of the life of it & sell it for the $150 scrap value.
Was the very words the owner of the Honda dealership(s) & a couple Ford 'ships.
He was nearly 80 & still visited all dealerships he owned at least 1x/week (6 total), he ran a tight ship & only told you something once, then delegated who was promoted & who was kicking rocks.
He never wanted to deal with them even to wholesale - they just are bad for business & reputation, so unless he was making a real killing on the deal he made sure to steer clear & that instruction was made clear to each dealership manager.
You just run into issues when you take on a salvage - like many women, it was damaged & you know someone was sick of the crap dealing with it.
@LS1FJ40 -as often as you talk about how well yours went, I'm surprised how few people have asked me to either do a look-see & text some good pics, or if I knew of a solid 80 guy nearer to a specific 80 than myself.
-4 personal looks, only 1 worth the range money asked but person found another.
-2 referrals to a guy in Metro Seattle / works on Eastside
(I'm really Blaine/BC,CA border to Everett)
An upside to 80's that lived life here is no UV-cracked dashboards, to me that's worth the bump in price over Cal market 80's. (No desire to dash swap, I'm the guy who caulked my crack dead center over dash cluster/the spot they all crack 1st).
Hell, I bought a VR6 Corrado in TX & drove home, had a f'ing blast! (& 2 speed tix) -
Upside as well when you open your range is you can pick the color 80 you want, approx range $$$ & odometer you want, etc. Concentrate on the rust free zones & within 90-120 days I'd bet you find one worth your $$$.