salvage could be the best thing in the world or else the worst. you gotta know where to get it from and wut to look for.
IMO, celicas arent good cars to buy used. when i say celicas, i mean gts 6spd. cz it has 6 gears, high revving engine, so you dont know what the previous owner has done. saying this cz the engine and tranny could be abused unlike most automatic 4 door sedans. i mean think of it, who would buy a 6spd gts? mostly young ppl who would push the car to its limits. so a 6spd gts used car is tough car to get in perfect neat condition. and when you see a celica salvaged you think the previous owner drove it so fast and wrecklessly that he/she crashed it.
IMO, buying salvage cars are great way to save money IF you know how to buy them and check if they are in good condition. the MOST important thing of a salvage car is that the frame shouldnt be bent. i wouldnt put my money on a bent frame salvage car. second is MINOR DAMAGE. i prefer the car to have a minor damage. for example my celica is a salvage cz the main impact was on the driver side fender, messed up the front bumper, and door. all needed to be done was change the front bumper, new fender, used door, fix some interior stuff cz of the impact, and paint the front bumper, fender, door, and quarter panel for perfect paint match. i worked at a shop and i know the basics of a great salvage car. you wanna be safe, and get urself a car that has MINOR body damages, no frame damage, and either NO or MINOR mechanical damages like radiator damage, headlight or tail lights.
conclusion: buy a salvaged car from a bodyshop that you trust, try not buying a salvage from a body shop that you dont know cz you never know wut material bondo they used or wut they have really done sometimes or how well they painted. you great body shop expert will be able to tell if any body parts were bondoed, if paint is not applied well, if bumper, fender and other body parts werent fitted well, and they can tell where the car was hit from if they look well and see if the frame is damaged. seriously though, the only risk that ull be taking when you buying a good salvage is the same risk ur taking when buying a car from a dealership. "how did the previous owner treat the car?" is the main question that a person will ask if he buys it privately, any auction, or retail.
now you think about "oh its salvage cz the previous owner drove it like hell and crashed it." theres a chance that it was really an ACCIDENT, or else it wasnt the previous owners fault of the accident. most of the time body shop experts can tell how the car was hit, they can tell if it was hit when parked, or was there an impact on the car instead of the car making the impact itself. mine seemed like the car was hit on a slow speed maybe on streets and seemed like an upcoming car hit it but i cant really tell cz i didnt see it when it was hit.
so with all this info, its up to you to make the decision, but i have no regrets of buying salvage cars. the only bad thing about salvage is a resale value, but i think of it this way. this is my example.
i got my 02 gts with 15K miles 6 months ago for 10,000$ fixed
lets say i wanna sell it in 3 years, and add 40-50,000 miles on it. so the car will have 70K miles and will be 5-6 years old. lets say i sell it for 4,000$ thats a fair price and the condition is perfect. so i would lose 6,000 MAX in 3 years.
lets say i bought the same car from dealer, it would have costed me 16,000$ out the door. and 3 years later, you wouldnt even be able to sell it for 10,000$ i mean it would be worth the money, but who would pay 10,000 for a 6 year old car? the celica used market will be for parents who will buy their high school teens the car as a first car. there will be more demand on a 4,000$ car than a 10,000$ car. and if a salvage lasted for so many years and rides nice and never was frame injured, it wouldnt give any different problems that a used car would.
so if you really think about it, ur not really losing much money on it if not all. im really tired so im gonna stop, if you need anymore info lemme know.