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Vehicle Title Brands: The Salvage, Rebuild, or Non-Repairable Title eBook
Thousands of vehicles are branded salvage, rebuild, or non-repairable every day by insurance companies after a damage event. Most of these vehicles are fully functioning and driveable, and many others are easily repaired.
All 50 states have a branding and labeling process within their DMV which requires certain steps to be followed to reuse a branded vehicle. The process is not made obvious, and often not even disclosed to the public in a conspicuous manner.
Even asking DMV personnel directly can result in different answers, often incorrect.
Within this manual; you will find the process, description, and forms for every salvage vehicle imaginable. It is very important to follow the steps very carefully. The most common reason for a rejected title application is missing one small step or document. If you carefully and correctly follow the guidelines for processing the title, it will result in obtaining the legal ownership documentation you deserve.
Be sure to review all the states, to find the one process which is best for your particular scenario. Do not give up, keep working to follow through the process so that you have a safe and legal vehicle to own or sell.
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 page.
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