Increasing gasoline prices and technologically superior components impact the ownership cost of new cars, often putting them out of reach of ordinary consumers. To help consumers shopping on a budget buy vehicles without breaking the bank, many auction houses provide Salvage vehicles and heavy duty trucks for sale at competitive prices. One of the first things you need to do after buying a salvage car is get a new title, as salvage cars can’t be legally driven on the roads. To help you through the process, this blog post discusses steps you need to take to get a rebranded title. Take a look.
1.Get the Car Repaired
Salvage cars are often vehicles that have sustained heavy damage. To ensure they don’t pose a threat to the driver and other people, state laws require buyers to make necessary repairs to restore the vehicle into a drivable condition. Some common issues to check include malfunctioning drivetrain, damaged body, and dysfunctional electrical components, especially if it’s a flood damaged car. You may also have to dismantle the car to identify hidden issues and get better access to different parts. Work with a local mechanic who has experience with used cars to help you take steps to save money when repairing the vehicle.
2. Collect All Necessary Documents
Your local DMV may ask for some paperwork before and during the inspection. To avoid hassles and delays, collect the following documents in advance:
- Odometer and Damage disclosure statement that provides details on the vehicle’s condition and mileage.
- Sales tax receipt provided by the DMV.
- Vehicle Registration form for useful info such as details about primary and co- registrant.
- Salvage vehicle application form filled by the applicant and the person who repaired the vehicle.
- Repair, maintenance, and sales slips.
3. Get the Vehicle Inspected
To book an appointment for vehicle inspection, send an application to the local DMV office. The DMV will provide a case number and the date of inspection. Make arrangements to tow the vehicle, as you can’t drive it legally with a salvage title. Make sure the VIN displayed on any part of the car’s body is not damaged, as the authorities will cancel the examination if they’re unable to read the VIN clearly. On d-day for inspection, arrive on time, as the DMV reserves the right to cancel appointments if the owner turns up at the examination center 30 or more minutes after the scheduled time. Remember to keep all documents handy.
4. Complete Final Paperwork
You need to apply for a re-branded title after the vehicle examination. Depending on state laws, you may have to mail the following documents:
- Current title.
- Proof establishing the authenticity of the odometer statement (e.g. odometer mileage certification).
- Lien contract, if applicable.
After submitting these and any other documents as required by your local DMV, the authorities will scan the papers and run checks to ensure their authenticity. Once the process is complete, you then receive a re-branded title that mentions that the vehicle has been rebuilt.
Note: If the car received a salvage title in another state, you may have to present it for inspection in that state.
Final few Words
The DMV takes all necessary steps, including inspection, before providing salvage vehicles with a re-branded title. You should always factor-in repair costs before buying salvage vehicle or Heavy Duty Trucks for sale. At GreenSalvage, we offer salvage vehicles and heavy duty trucks for sale and provide all the important info on all vehicles in our inventory to help you buy repairable vehicles and heavy duty trucks that best meet your requirements. For more info, fill out our contact form or call at 503-446-1741.