Anonymous asked in Cars & TransportationBuying & Selling · 1 month ago

Is a car rebuilt from hail damage okay to buy?

I have been told to stay away from cars with rebuilt titles from car accidents but what about cars that have a rebuilt from hail damage? 

9 Answers

  • Bort
    Lv 6
    1 month ago

    When a vehicle has an "R" title meaning it's been rebuilt that means the damage it was repaired from was more than the value of the vehicle at the time the repair was done is all that it means. Vehicles get R titled after they're labelled a 'total loss' which is an insurance providers verbage / way of saying that it will cost more than the vehicle is worth to fix. A vehicle can be totalled for many reasons:

    - Flooding, water damage.

    - Extreme inclimant weather: hail, tornado, hurricane, earth quake...etc

    - Accidents

    The thing is that hail damage is usually only cosmetic damage done to the body and windows in the vehicle. Hail doesn't usually damage anything in the drive train of the vehicle. A vehicle that has an R title from hail damage being repaired simply means that it was damaged that badly from hail that the cost of replacing body parts and repainting it cost more than it was worth.

    If a vehicle has an R title from hail and is still priced at fair market value (what it's worth) it can still be a good buy.

    There are also other reasons a vehicle can have an R title such as it was modified so much that it barely has anything left on it that was original that it's VIN sayts it is. VIN's produce a lot of info about what a vehicle was originally manufactured with.

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    They have not been rebuilt.  Hail damage is just HARD WATER. So it had to be repaired and repainted.  It is a visual thing.  If it looks perfect then it is.

    Rebuilt is cars that have been crashed, smashed, dashed, there is a lot of body damage and possibly frame and structural damage.  Body damage is the easiest part to fix. Frame and structural damage is harder to fix...sometimes it can be done, sometimes they have maxed out the adjustments just to get it to roll straight.  It still looks OK but really it isn't. 

    An analogy.  Lets say you do UFC fighting and you get the living do-do beaten out of you.  So it takes weeks before the black and blue marks disappear...but when you go to stand, your legs fold up underneath you because they are broken in 6 places each; and have not been set. Same for the arms and your ribs. 

    . You be a pretty boy, provided you don't move.  So you can't do anything.  All that hidden damage.  In the good old days when they did not have X ray machines so the doctor had to bend and poke you to find out what hurts. That hidden damage.

    Fire and flood damage are also vehicles that are toast.

  • 1 month ago

    Other answers are correct - hail damage isn't what the people warning you away from rebuilt titles are talking about.

  • 1 month ago

    Hail damage is just a lot of small dents. There is none of the issue regarding mechanical damage or body twisting like there is with a rebuilt title.

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  • 1 month ago

    Hail damage sure, as long as it has been correctly repaired. You also need to be aware when you come to sell it you are going to get less also

  • 1 month ago

    A car that has simply had hail damage has cosmetic damage there's no damage to the engine to the transmission to the electrical components or to the frame! Perfectly safe to buy a hail damaged vehicle

  • 1 month ago

    Hail damage is superficial and will not affect anything else.  If that is the only problem you should be fine......until it comes time to sell it and nobody else trusts that it was just superficial.

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    If it was only hail damage it probably would not be rebuilt. Chances are, it had a whole bunch of body work too.

    Maybe 1 car in 100 rebuilt or prior salvage has not had major body damage.

    I once had a theft recovery. Insurance paid it off, the car was recovered and it was sold as salvage even though it only needed a window and a steering wheel column.

    As I said 99/100 that is not the case.

  • 1 month ago

    It will still have a salvage title.

    It will be difficult, if not impossible to insure.

    It's resale value will be half that of a vehicle with a clear title.

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