A car with salvage title reduces its market value by 50%. The book value of a car is not necessary the market valve. In order to find out the market valve of a car locally, you really have to do some homeworks. Check the car ads for asking price/conditions AND how long the car is on the market before it is sold. Most of the MB parts are expensive. Can you justify the big $ in the later days to repair or upgrade a car that is worth 50% of its market value? I have no problem buying a salvaged car if it is in good condition and the price is right and I want to keep it for a long long time.