• The Elise is one of those cars that often has a salvage title. The clamshells are pricy and adhesives replacing fasteners make for insurance companies willing to pass on the risk.

    Know of a few of these with salvage titles for clamshell replacement. If one is interested in an Elise don't automatically rejecte a salvage title. Look into the details and do some research on title and insurance.

  • It is interesting to take note of what cars are most often salvage titled. Nissan latest gen. Z cars have a high right-off rate. There are several others in that ilk, and I just figured it was the demographic and street racing scene.

    I had not been aware of inherent design constructs could contribute. Interesting.

  • Wow, I did not realize that US sales fell off the cliff like that. Such a great formula: Toyota engine in a gorgeous, spartan Lotus. I sure hope that it is not a canary-in-the-coal-mine for the Alfa 4C.

  • Too late now, but in case anyone is curious; an Elise chassis is much easier to inspect for damage than most cars. The belly pans and diffuser can be removed in a matter of minutes. This allows easy access to the frame bonds, suspension mounts, and crash structure. If these three things are damage free, the salvage Elise is very likely a safe bet. The crash structures are bonded on and dated, so it's easy to see if it's original to the car. If you see any signs of welding in the vicinity of orange epoxy, run like hell.

  • As Scot said, it feels like I see as many of these with a Salvage title as not. With that said, this isn't that extreme of a deal by any stretch. Most weeks I can spend about 10 minutes on Craigslist and find one with a clean title and reasonable miles for well under $30k. They're prices are rising, but certainly not spiking as it appears they would. I'm actually starting to eyeball the Evora, now that they're starting to approach the sub-$40k barrier. I like the Elise, but with a family of 4 the two seater concept just doesn't cut it.

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