This is their new procedure, went thur it just 2 weeks ago.
It's a real PITA. They told me they are trying to discourage people from doing this, they think the cars are unsafe until completely checked by their mechanics.
Cost $500 for insurance, was hard to get, $195 for brake and electrical check, that was after finding and purchasing all the stock parts.
This is just to get it to the point to sell it to someone that really wants a car that has a salvaged title.
BTW, it takes 3 sales of the car to clear the Salvage Title stamp off of even the pink slip and registration. ( that means 3 different unrelated people need to buy it)
If your looking at one, check out the frame, shops sometimes weld 2 cars together to make one. Know of one that split in 2 pieces that way.
Check out the vin plates and numbers, they don't always match the right year.
Ask for any and all inspection papers, at the least where and who did the inspection, they will have a record of why it was scraped in the first place.
Just to save a few headaches, run a car fax on it. that will show all of the above, and where it came from.
Sometimes the car was one of those that got flooded in New Orleans, have seen alot lately that were flooded sold as salvaged title only to rust completely out after a few short months.
But if you really want the car, it may be worth it for a true classic or in high demand car.
My last Datsun project that was a salvaged title, I paid $300 for the car,$195 for inspection,down payment of $500 insurance( at sale refunded $400) , new motor,trans and a case of rattle can walmart special primer, to get me a total of $ 4500 when I sold it. Only had it for 3 months.
I think it was worth it, don't you?