What Is a Rebuilt Title Car?
A “Rebuilt Title” car is a car that has been, at one point, considered totaled (or salvaged), but has since been repaired and deemed road-worthy again. A Car is granted a Salvage Title when an insurance company decides that the total for the repairs for the car exceed the value of the car.
What Is a Reconstructed Title?
A “Reconstructed Title” is the same as a Rebuilt Title; different states refer to the brands using different terms.
What Is a Totaled Title?
A “Totaled Title” car is a vehicle that has been in an accident and the insurance has paid out more than the vehicle is worth. Essentially, a Totaled Title brand is the same as a Salvage Title brand.
What Is a Salvage Title Car?
A “Salvage Title” brand is a label given to cars that fall into certain criteria. These Criteria can range (depending on the state) from a fender-bender, to a stolen vehicle, to flood/water damage. If you’re considering buying a Salvage Title car, make sure that you run a VIN Check Vehicle History Report first, at the very least so that you can see what type of damage the vehicle was issued the Salvage Title brand for.
What Is a Lemon Title Car?
While it’s common to call a car that has many issues a Lemon car, a “Lemon Title” car is a car that falls under its state’s “Lemon Laws“. However, having said that, not all states have set these “Lemon Law Standards“… In most cases though, the vehicle has to have a defective part that 1. makes it inoperable, or 2. makes it unsafe to drive. However, even with these two ways that a vehicle can be branded as a Lemon Title car, it will only be branded as such if these issues happen during the time that the vehicle is covered by the Manufacturer’s Warranty in order for it to be considered a Lemon Title Car.
What Is a Flood / Water Damage Title Car?
A “Flood, or Water Damage Title” is issued to a vehicle when it has been part of serious water damage. No, this does not include you spilling your coffee in the morning…
Flood Titles are issued to cars that have gone through disasters such as Hurricanes, Floods, Someone leaving their window open during a heavy rain storm, etc. In order to be issued a Flood Title, a vehicle has to have quite a bit of “Water Damage” assessed to it.
Running a VIN Check / Vehicle History Report can help you determine if a vehicle has suffered any water damage.
What Is a Junk Title Car?
A “Junk Title” is a title brand issued to a car that is meant for the scrap yard. In VERY RARE cases, these cars can be re-built to a Salvage Title, or Rebuilt Title. If you’re planning on buying a Junk Title Car, make sure that you know what you’re getting yourself into; It’s usually a great deal of work to get a Junk Title car roadworthy again. For example, Here are the State of California Re-Registering A Junk Car Guidelines (click here).
How Do You Get Your Salvage Title Turned Into A Rebuilt Title?
This varies, state to state. If you’re interested in obtaining a Rebuilt Title for your Salvaged Title or Junk Title car, please refer to your state’s DMV Website (click here) and find out from the DMV directly.
In most states, this will entail you having to take the car in to get inspected by the State Patrol, along with receipts of any work / parts you paid for. Only THEN, can you hope to get a Rebuilt Title issued for your Salvage Title vehicle.
Are There Any Fees Involved?
Again, each State is different. To find out if there are any fees for getting your Salvage Title vehicle inspected, visit your respective state’s DMV Website (click here to find it) and contact them.
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