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Car insurance question. Who gets the totaled out vehicle?

ResinheadResinhead Posts: 10,987 AG
If a carrier totals a vehicle, does the owner get the payment and the vehicle or does the carrier sell the totaled vehicle?

Friend of mine wrecked his F450 and it might get totaled by his carrier. I'd like to buy it and rebuild it for a work truck for one of my crews.

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  • GA FinGA Fin Posts: 8,956 Admiral
    In my experience it is negotiable. You will not get the full amount due if you want to keep the vehicle. In essence, you will be buying the salvage and it will have a rebuilt title. Worst case scenario, if the insurance company won't let your buddy buy the truck, ask them when it will go to auction and bid on it there.
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  • BigDanSBigDanS Posts: 832 Officer
    When a vehicle is totaled, the insurance company is paying you the replacement value, and gets the vehicle in exchange. It then sells the vehicle for salvage value to lower its cost. If you want the vehicle and the "totaled value" they are going to deduct the salvage value from your payment. Sometimes they let the repair shop buy it and sell it that evaluates it, and sometimes they drive it away to auction.

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  • bigironbigiron Posts: 543 Officer
    Resinhead wrote: »
    If a carrier totals a vehicle, does the owner get the payment and the vehicle or does the carrier sell the totaled vehicle?

    Friend of mine wrecked his F450 and it might get totaled by his carrier. I'd like to buy it and rebuild it for a work truck for one of my crews.
    It's been a few years, but one of my (ex)drivers rolled one of my trucks. The tractor was repaired and the trailer totaled. It went to auction and I had the first right of refusal to buy at high bid, which I did. I think I was able to keep the title as original and not salvage since the insurance company merely paid the claim and never took possession of the unit. Many older vehicles might need minor repairs, but the cost of the repairs pushes to a total loss...insurance wise. I would certainly ask the insurance company, but if they will only issue a salvage title, you might have difficulty insuring it after repairs since the title will then convert to a rebuilt title. But like GA says, try to negotiate a settlement.
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