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Frequently Asked Questions

What is a unibody construction?

Most vehicles manufactured since 1980 are made in the unitized body (commonly known as unibody) construction design. This design is particularly good at absorbing collision impacts and minimizing injury to vehicle occupants. The ability to absorb collision impact is accomplished by creating "crush zones" in the vehicle that absorb and redirect the impact energy to other areas of the vehicle outside the passenger compartment. Unitized body construction relies on a number of lightweight, high strength steel panels and parts, properly welded together, to provide structural strength.

What does it mean "total loss"?

"Total loss" does not mean that a vehicle can't be repaired, it is only the term that insurance companies use which means - it is not economical to repair a particular vehicle. (Read more about why it is too expensive for insurance companies to repair a damaged car, resulting in the car being declared a "total loss", and why it is cost effective for car rebuilders like us to rebuild the same car).

Why it is too expensive for insurance companies to repair a damaged car, resulting in the car being declared a "total loss", and why it is cost effective for car rebuilders like us to rebuild the same car?

A vehicle (most of the time) is declared a "total loss" when the appraised cost of repairs added to the probable salvage value (the vehicle in its unrepaired state) exceeds the pre-accident value of the vehicle. The settlement will be based on the actual cash value of the vehicle.

For an insurance company, appraised cost of repairs includes:

Now imagine a rebuilder buys this vehicle from the salvage auction and does the same job with the same parts and the same repairs. For a rebuilder the picture is different:

Right away, you can see the difference in cost to repair the same vehicle for an insurance company compared to a rebuilder.

Of course, not all salvage cars would be wise to repair-- that is where the expertise and know-how of a rebuilder plays a big role. It is not that simple to buy a damaged vehicle, repair it, and sell it. First of all, a rebuilder must look at the vehicle, estimate how much it will cost to quality repair it, and decide what price he is willing to pay for the damaged vehicle so that after repairs it will still be profitable to sell the vehicle. This process must be cost-effective without sacrificing quality. Nobody in their right mind would want to buy a damaged vehicle, repair it and sell it for less than it costs.

Do your vehicles pass any vehicle inspections?

All our rebuilt title vehicles pass two inspections:
1.Illinois Department of Transportation Safety Testing Lane
2.Illinois Salvage Vehicle Inspection

1. Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) Safety Testing Lane (Required)

The purpose of the Illinois Vehicle Safety Inspection Program (IVSIP) is to promote the safety of the general public. Every owner of a second division vehicle (medical transport vehicle, tow truck, motor bus, religious organization bus, school bus, senior citizen transportation vehicle, limousine and other) and the owners of each salvage vehicle shall, before operating the vehicle upon the highways of Illinois, submit it to a "safety test" and secure a certificate of safety furnished by the Department. This "safety test" inspection for salvage vehicle must be completed prior to its salvage vehicle inspection pursuant to Section 3-308 of this Code.

The safety test shall include the testing and inspection of:


2. Salvage Vehicle Inspection (Required)

The Illinois Vehicle Code mandates that the Secretary of State Police physically inspect all salvage vehicles that are eight model years old or newer before a rebuilt title may be issued. The purpose of the inspection is to identify essential parts and review all required documentation. These inspections are not intended to certify the safety or roadworthiness of the vehicle or the quality of the workmanship in the rebuilding process. Before being brought to the salvage inspection station, all vehicles must first be taken to an Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) Safety Testing Lane and pass a safety test.

The inspection of the vehicle shall include an examination of the vehicle and its parts and of the application and proof of notification, if applicable, to determine that:


Is financing available?

Yes. It depends on your credit history (for car sales only).

What is the Rebuiltcars accepted Method of Payment?

We accept several methods of payments:

* If you buy a car from us, a non-refundable deposit of 10% of the cost of the vehicle will hold a car or truck for 10 days. The balance of the purchase price will be due at that time.

Do you guys guarantee the cars you sell do not have frame damage? I have heard that can be a major issue.

To assure proper repairs we utilize Car-O-Liner frame and unibody straightening machine with computerized 3D measurement equipment. This equipment enables our technicians to measure and straighten vehicle by up to millimeter accuracy to a factory specifications. (Car-O-Liner is a preferred partner of Toyota Motor Europe and its Authorised Repairers) For more info on this equipment you can go to

Structural and frame repairs

To assure proper structural unibody and/or frame repairs we use Car-o-liner unibody and frame straightening machine with 3D computerized measuring system. Use of the computerized measuring system helps technician to determine extent of the damage to vehicle's unibody or frame. In addition, the measuring system assures the technician that he has fully returned the vehicle up to factory specifications. For more info on this equipment you can go to

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