What is a ‘Clean Title?’

July 17th, 2017 by

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You’re browsing through the car ads online, looking for your next car. Wow – there are a lot of choices out there. In a majority of the ads you read, you see the mention of a ‘clean title’. For many, they might recognize that a clean title has something to do with the vehicle history, but what does it actually mean?


What a ‘Clean Title’ Actually Means

The term in itself is misleading. A car with a clean title simply indicates that it has never been deemed a total loss, otherwise known as a salvage car. With a clean title, a car might carry the balance of its new car warranty and has slightly higher resale value. The alternative to a clean title is a car that has been deemed a total loss – the term for that is a ‘branded or salvage title’, and you’ve been taught those are scary words.

But what’s even more scary is what might lurk beneath a clean title. The car’s title is affected only by car insurance claims. There are oh so many circumstances that can happen to a car with a clean title that leave you in much worse condition!




Possible Issues Lurking Under That “Clean” Title:

  • A car with a clean title can still have thousands of mechanical problems. These issues such as engine failure and transmission concerns aren’t an insurable concern. You can buy a car with a clean title that has a broken-down powertrain.
  • A clean title can hide sloppy repairs. Sometimes, owners decide to fix collisions, fire damage, or electrical issues on their own, or by paying cash under the table to avoid an insurance claim that will affect their premiums. These hidden repairs go unreported, not showing up on the vehicle history report of car title status.
  • A car with a clean title may have had the equivalent of ‘reconstructive surgery’. Some collisions cost insurers tens of thousands of dollars in repairs to complete. This extensive damage often includes frame or structural damage. Once it’s deemed sufficiently repaired, the car is still insured with a clean title.

An AutoSavvy Branded Title Does It Better

  • A car with a clean title isn’t always the best car for you. In many cases, a branded title can offer better results for your family. When you look at an AutoSavvy vehicle with a branded title, there’s a level of transparency and accountability that exist, and it makes for a better car and better experience.
  • A car with an AutoSavvy branded title isn’t hiding anything. A vehicle health report, history report, and detailed vehicle repairs are provided when a car with a branded title is sold. Do you get that when you buy a car with a clean title? Probably not.
  • A complete 151-point inspection by a professional has been performed on the car. Front to back, top to bottom, a car with a branded title has been thoroughly inspected and repaired before it’s sold. The criteria are much more stringent than on clean title vehicles. Which would you prefer?
  • AutoSavvy branded title cars sell for thousands less. Those two words – branded title – can save you thousands of dollars when you’re buying a car. Yet, the quality can often be much better than a comparable car with a clean title.


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The Bottom Line: Buy Smarter.

When you’re searching for your next car, remember that AutoSavvy specializes in cars with branded titles. There are awesome money-saving benefits to buying a car with a branded title. So, if you’re asking, “what car is right for me?”, consider the following factors before you dive into research. We’ll give you a complete vehicle history and repair report so you can be comfortable in your decision. We’re so confident in our vehicles that we also offer a Free Limited Powertrain Warranty for the first 3 Months/3,000 miles on any vehicle that has less than 100,000 miles.






Updated August 9, 2019 at 1200.