I have no qualms about owing a salvage title car whatsoever. I have all the documentation...I know what happened. The rear clam was replaced and nothing else...this car is factory correct and indistinguishable from OEM. Would you have heartburn over any other car that had a hood or a fender replaced?
My car is currently undergoing a new front clam replacement from hitting a skunk. State Farm is fully covering it under comprehensive. (most likely thanks to appreciating values of these cars.) So...I ask the question: Is there any difference between a car that had a clam replaced under insurance, and one that was replaced not under insurance?
One results in a salvage title, the other not.
Anyway, I know you weren't looking for a defense argument about salvage cars but in the case of the Elise it is a very common circumstance.
Surely not all clam replacements covered by insurance result in a salvage title?
05 Elise, ST, sports, touring, hardtop, DBA 4000 slotted discs, Ferodo DS2500 pads, Sector 111 gpan3, EP Tuning Quickrack, Pro Alloy rad, DS brace, HnT pad, front and rear tow hooks, CG lock, ORE double cup holder (caffeine for track); '86 911 Targa (sold); '68 MGB (being restored)