There is no easy answer to this one. On the one hand, one buys a salvage car to save a lot of money that one would otherwise pay for buying a car with a regular title. Of course, one is required to invest money in both restoring such a car and its regular maintenance. What one has to think about in this case is whether to spend less money overall by buying and driving a salvage car or more.
If it is the former then it makes sense to have invested in a salvage car with the maintenance expenditure coming with the turf-after all one does incur maintenance expenditure, even in the case of a car with a regular title. That being stated the decision to go for a salvage car is something that an individual has to take after carefully evaluating all the pros and cons, as is the case with any major decision.
You have to understand that unlike a straightforward purchase of a car with a regular title, purchasing a salvage car will need you to spend a fair amount of time and money. There is the whole business of restoring the vehicle, liaising with the insurance company, getting the paperwork sorted, and of course, being very careful and meticulous with the maintenance as salvage cars are essentially cars in a damaged state. But if you are willing to accept all of that because you know that you are getting a huge bargain on the price of the car, one would say that it is certainly a great deal on the table.
The kind of restoration you carry out on a salvage car will also determine the kind of money that you will need to spend on its periodic maintenance. The thing is that if you have got the car restored so well that you can go ahead and get it inspected and certified as rebuilt you are pretty much on an even keel with people possessing regular titles for their cars.
It is legal to drive your rebuilt cars on public roads and highways. Not just that, some insurance companies will even provide coverage and you could get them financed as well. The maintenance costs too will now be similar to that of cars with regular titles. As to the question of the kind of maintenance that is required by salvage cars suffice it to say that it depends upon how well such cars have been restored.
If the restoration is less than satisfactory, you will likely not get it certified as ‘rebuilt, hence you are not legally allowed to drive it. That will effectively ground your car. on the other hand, if you are able to restore it well enough to get it certified as rebuilt, there is one reason why your maintenance should be considerably higher than that of cars with regular titles. In any case the whole issue of expenses includes what one pays to buy a car. Since one has already made a killing on that, whatever extra one might pay for maintenance is already accounted for.