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Rick Popely

When I began covering the auto industry you could still buy cars with carburetors, and SUVs accounted for less than 5% of the new-vehicle market. Along the way I served as automotive editor of Consumer Guide for more than 15 years, as an auto writer for the Chicago Tribune for eight years and as a freelance writer for several more, contributing to newspapers, Reuters, Automotive News, Cars.com and others. I have an on-again-off-again interest in racing that during an “on” period led to an opportunity to write a history of the Indianapolis 500. If it’s warm enough in the Chicago area, I’m probably playing golf in my free time or watching White Sox games.

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What Is a Salvage Title?

When an insurance company deems a vehicle so badly damaged that it is declared a total loss (or “totaled”), the car’s title likely includes “salvage” “flood” or “junk” vehicle designation.

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How to Ship a Car

When you need to move a car from Point A to Point B across several states, and simply driving it isn’t a good option, don’t…