If you have purchased a vehicle with a salvage title, there may be some steps required in additional to transferring the title. In most states, a first-time salvage title can not be transferred until an inspection is performed. If a salvage title has been assigned to you from an insurance company, possibly through an auction such as Copart or IAAI, a salvage inspection will need to be performed prior to a new title being issued into your name.
The reason for the inspection is to ensure that the damage that caused the salvage title was repaired properly, that the parts used were legitimate, and that the vehicle is safe for the road.
The types of items being inspected are:
- Air bags installed properly
- Frame not damaged
- Corrosion to brakes
- Air bag sensors operable
- Safety items working
- Documentation of installed parts (receipts)
Each state has a slightly different process, but an example of a salvage title inspection form can be see here:
If you have a salvage title, certificate of destruction, or other branded title, be sure to follow all applicable Federal Laws on title branding:
See the specific requirements for your states MV salvage title process, or call us for more information. If you have a vehicle which is salvage, but you do not have any title, you may need to get the old title from the prior owner first. If you have a certificate of destruction or a non-repairable title, see this link.