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Salvage Vehicles Damages


Salvage cars are most often found in salvage yards because they have been totaled in some way and under the eyes of the insurance company they are no longer worth fixing. However, most of the time that’s not accurate at all. That’s why more and more people buy salvage vehicles every year. People have noticed that they can find amazing deals on these yards by just doing a proper inspection before joining the auctions.

Once a vehicle has been declared a salvage car, it will have its title stamped with the word “salvage” on it forever. However, depending on the damage, the vehicle could be completely fixed and taken back to the streets in no time. If a salvage car is fixed successfully, it can operate as good as a clean title car and be bought for a fraction of its market cost in our salvage online auctions. 

It is not uncommon for a salvage title car to have been involved in an accident that has rendered it “irreparable”. The worse the damages, the higher the fixing cost for the insurance company. But there is much to know about the damages in salvage cars. We as a salvage and clean title auto auctions dealer are here to help and educate our customers so they can take advantage of all the opportunities that this industry has to offer.

Here we will discuss salvage car damages and the meaning of the damages to the vehicle.

– Burn

If the car damage code is “burn”, It means that most of the vehicle has been affected by the fire. Not only interior or exterior. 

– Burn – Engine

If the damage code is “Burn – Engine”, There is a possibility that the fire only affected the engine which is made of electrical and mechanical components. We strongly recommend our customers to always do a proper inspection.

– Burn – Interior

This code indicates that any interior component of the vehicle was damaged by fire. It may as well be the trunk or boot.

 – Chemical or biological hazard

This code shows that the car is affected by a chemical or biohazard.

– Damage History

It means that the vehicle was severely damaged, banged up, burned, or has been through a significant accident and repaired.

– Damages All Over The Car

The car has many damages. These damages may vary from ordinary body damage to heavy mechanical Damage.

 – Frame-Damaged Cars

A Frame Damage code indicates a car whose chassis or frame has been compromised or damaged.

– Flood/Water

This code means that various parts of the vehicle were damaged by water. Water could damage critical parts of the vehicle such as the engine, interior and electrical components.

– Front End

Front-end damage refers to the structure and chassis of a car. If the front is damaged, it can affect the rest of the car. A car with a front-end code may have collided with another vehicle or obstacle.

– Hail Damage

If the car is seen in hail damage condition, it will be unacceptable for insurance companies to fix or repair it. Although these vehicles are declared “salvage”,they are usually in good condition.

– Minor scratches/dents

Any minor damage to the exterior, most of which is caused by normal wear and tear, is a minor scratch or dent 

Mechanical Problems

Mechanical problems include vehicle breakdown in the middle of a trip, transmission failure, or any mechanical issue that has resulted in the car being declared a total loss. 

– Normal Wear and Tear

Normal wear and tear can be anything from scratched paint to a damaged transmission. 

Partial Repair

A Partial Repair code indicates that a vehicle’s chassis, frame or paint has evidence of poor or incomplete repairs

Rejected Repairs

This damage code represents those vehicles which were poorly repaired or still have issues. 

Rollover Damaged Cars

If a car is seen in a rollover condition, it is often impossible for insurance companies to repair it. This is because the price of repair and replacement parts is costly and usually not available. 

Replaced Vin Number

The vin has either been altered or removed, and the vehicle’s history cannot accurately be represented.

– Rear End

Rear-end damage refers to any damage that would be done to any portion of a car’s underside or undercarriage when it is hit from behind.


The vehicle was restored, meaning that some body parts were replaced, but not necessarily at the same time as other parts were restored.

Side Damages

This damage code indicates that the vehicle has been hit or has damage on one side. Insurance companies rarely pay for repairs on side damage.


Some parts were removed and are therefore missing from the vehicle.

-Street Rod

This indicates that the car has not been modified and is operated as-is. Street rods are famous for having all sorts of modifications, frequently to make them look old and original. 

Stained glass indentations

This is the damage code used for broken glass in the vehicle window. Stained glass does not refer to window tinting that has been altered; this is a physical breakage of the actual window pane.

Top or Roof Damage

The roof is an essential part of a car from the point of view of safety. A vehicle is listed with a top or roof damage when one can clearly see the damage on the roof, tailgate tops or on the door frame.

-Undercarriage-Damaged Cars

An undercarriage damage code indicates a vehicle whose underside has visibledamage. The below structures which may have been damaged include the frame, axles, and body, among other fittings on the lower side of the car.


– Unknown Damage

This code damage represents cars with unspecified damages. We strongly recommend our customers to inspect these vehicles before buying them.


– Vandalism Damage

 Vandalism is damage caused by break-ins, including that of door locks and handles, destroyed paint, and a destroyed steering lock.

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