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    Jensen Healey

    I have an opportunity to buy a '74 Jensen Healey for a very reasonable price. It runs good, and has a relatively rust free body (must have been in Montana or similar climate for its entire life). Problem is it has a salvage title. How much will this affect the value of the car? And if I spent money restoring the vehicle could I expect to recoup my investment on a car with a salvage title?

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    Re: Jensen Healey

    It all depends on the state. In Iowa you could get a bonded title for the car and then when you sell the car the next person will be issued a regular title.

    Having a salvage title would not mean anything to people in the states that will give you a regular title for the car or in states that do not issue titles for cars that old.
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    Re: Jensen Healey

    I think that the monetary value of a JH is so little that the type of title is irrelevant. I say this as a JH owner that truly appreciates this undervalued car.

    Have a nice day
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    Re: Jensen Healey

    Thanks guys. I almost cannot afford NOT to buy the car. According to NADA Collector Car edition the lowest retail value is around $5000 for a car in this condition, and the guy is asking $3900. The title thing really has me spooked for some reason. I suppose I could offer a really low-ball price and if he bites fine...if not, walk away.

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    Re: Jensen Healey

    Quote Originally Posted by smcmanus
    I think that the monetary value of a JH is so little that the type of title is irrelevant. I say this as a JH owner that truly appreciates this undervalued car.

    Have a nice day
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    Re: Jensen Healey

    If you're buying the car to use and enjoy yourself for a few years it probably won't matter.

    If you're intending to buy it, fix it up a little and re-sell I'd suppose that it might become a factor: as a buyer I'd wonder that there might be somethig wrong about a car that was salvaged and then the previous owner wanted sold off quickly.

    Its a great car if the body and engine are healthy, and a relative bargain.

    Good luck with it...


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    Re: Jensen Healey

    I've rebuilt several cars from salvage and IMHO a salvage title is an insurance company's way to permanently devalue a vehicle because they (heaven forbid) lost money on it. I would however find out why it has the title in the first place. I know around here they throw "salvage" on things as simple as theft recoveries with no damage. My best advice would be to have it checked out.
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    Re: Jensen Healey

    JP..I wouldn't worry about the "Salvage" in the least. I specifically looked for that when buying my son a car. I found him a repaired 2003 Mitsuishi that had driver side damage. When Nebraska retitles they still put PREVIOUS SALVAGE on the title but my son got a GREAT looking and running car for 1/2 the retail price. and in the case of most BRITISH restore projects they all start out in Salvage condition anyway!.
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    Re: Jensen Healey

    <div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:]Problem is it has a salvage title. How much will this affect the value of the car? And if I spent money restoring the vehicle could I expect to recoup my investment on a car with a salvage title?[/QUOTE]

    IMHO, a salvage title devalues the car tremendously - for resale! In these post-Katrina days, everybody thinks 'water damage'...plus there's always the possibility that its been in a serious wreck & has been put back together out of a couple of cars.

    Down here, when an insurance company issues a salvage title, it takes a licensed & bonded rebuilder to put it back on the road....& they all cost less than comparable models with good titles.

    Were it me, I'd only invest in it if I were going to drive it a few years....I don't think serious collectors would pay top dollar for a salvage title.

    But, just my opinion.
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    Re: Jensen Healey

    Very good advice guys...thanks. Still have not made up my mind to buy or not.

    JPF

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    Re: Jensen Healey

    <div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:]I don't think serious collectors would pay top dollar for a salvage title.
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    Tony..good points...guess I was coming from the aspect of keeping as a driver or garage dust collector more than restoration and resale...GOOD LUCK on your decision JP!
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    Re: Jensen Healey

    Quote Originally Posted by tony barnhill
    ...Were it me, I'd only invest in it if I were going to drive it ....
    That's the only reason anybody buys a Jensen Healey.

    Quote Originally Posted by tony barnhill
    ...I don't think serious collectors would pay top dollar for a salvage title.
    Ha, ha. Good one. As if a serious collector would ever buy a Jensen Healey.

    (And I say that as a proud and devoted owner of one.)


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    Re: Jensen Healey

    <div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:]As if a serious collector would ever buy a Jensen Healey.[/QUOTE]

    Good one...hehehehe....does Jay Leno own a Jensen Healey?
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    Re: Jensen Healey

    define "serious"....I just bought a 70 Morris Van and I consider myself SERIOUS...JP, I've seen some very sharp
    Jensen's with lots of work and pride in them...you do what you want and most importantly can afford.
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    Re: Jensen Healey

    <div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:]Good one...hehehehe....does Jay Leno own a Jensen Healey? [/QUOTE]

    Tony...check this out...too funny..JP you have hope!!!

    TYPE IN SEARCH CARS "Jensen Healey".

    https://app.nbc.com/search/your_garage.php
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    Re: Jensen Healey

    No, that's somebody else car that they've parked on his website.
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    yea I know but what's the odds ..a website called Jay Leno's garage with somebodies Jensen ....too funny!!!
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    Re: Jensen Healey

    You guys do it to me every time [img]/bcforum/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/devilgrin.gif[/img] !!! I get lost on that site and just lose track of time [img]/bcforum/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/crazy.gif[/img] !!

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    Re: Jensen Healey

    JP...now if you meant to say Nash Healey...ol Jay would
    come a knockin!!!

    1953 Nash Healey Le Mans Coupe

    JP---sorry we never get side tracked here on the BCF...
    what did you decide to do regarding the Jensen???
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    Re: Jensen Healey

    Oh, man, that Le Mans Coupe is something else!
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