Originally Posted by Gojurick
I understand the OP has resolved his question . . .
The company we bought from specializes in branded titles so they know what they're doing.
THIS ^^^^^ is a big part of the equation!
First, congrats on your good "caveat emptor" experience.
Second, when buying from a "branded title" specialist, not only do they know what they're doing in preparing and offering the vehicle for sale, but their reputation as a branded title specialist is on the line with every sale. It doesn't do them any good to "stuff" a bad product through their pipeline (as opposed to a regular dealer/private seller who can just throw their hands up and say, "Hey, it's a branded title, wadda ya' gonna do - you took the chance!"). On the other hand, the specialist is making his living off making sure these vehicles are up to snuff.
Of course, I'm assuming the branded title specialist means they've been in business a number of years, are generally reputable, etc., but if you're looking for a deal, this may be the way to go!