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Rebuild, Retitle, Insure, Transfer a Salvage Car in UT [GUIDE]

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A salvage vehicle is a vehicle damaged by collision, flood, or other occurrence to the extent that the cost of repairing the vehicle for safe operation exceeds its fair market value; or a vehicle that has been declared a salvage vehicle by an insurer or other state or jurisdiction, but is not precluded from further registration and titling (UCA §41-1a-1001). A rebuilt/restored vehicle is a salvage vehicle that has been repaired and restored to operation.

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Note: A vehicle that has been “salvaged” or “rebuilt/restored” will be issued a different kind of Utah title, referred to as a “branded” title. A salvage vehicle’s Utah title will state: “Salvage.” If the vehicle has been rebuilt, the title will say “rebuilt/restored.”

An operator of a motor vehicle auction shall provide a purchaser of a salvage vehicle a disclosure statement. See Utah Code Section UCA §41-3-201(3)(e)(ii) for the required wording of the disclosure statement.

For more information on selling salvage vehicles, see Salvage and Rebuilt/Restored Vehicles on the MVED website.

Buyer Beware
For motor vehicle title history on a vehicle, visit the National Motor Vehicle Title Information System (NMVTIS).

The best advice is to spot a one-time wreck before you buy it. These vehicles can look good but there are some telltale signs:

Be suspicious of any vehicle that has a recently issued out-of-state title.
Be suspicious of a private seller whose name does not appear on the title.
Use an on-line commercial title-search company to research the history of the vehicle.
Check the door gaps. Make sure that the door itself isn’t touching the fender when you open the door.
Check both sides. It is unusual that both sides will be exactly the same when a vehicle has been damaged.
Examine the paint. Check the doorjamb, moldings, and plastic cover items. Because any time a vehicle has been sprayed over these areas may be missed.
Check the dashboard, which may not have been repaired due to the cost, right up to the molding, which may have chips in it.
Check the roof and doors for body filler. The finish of the body filler may not be super smooth and this is an indication that there’s a problem. It is harder to see dents when the paint on the vehicle is light so feel it with your hands. Sometimes minor dents aren’t repaired at all.
Check that the rear tailgate and body match. Gaps in some areas and a tighter fit in another is an indication there has been improper fitting of the body panels to the rest of the chassis.
Check the paint match between the tailgate and the quarter panel. Don’t look at the vehicle in the rain or in the night because both can hide a lot of blemishes.
Have the vehicle checked by a body shop and mechanic. Ask for a complete mechanical report of the vehicle, what repairs you may have to do in the future and if the vehicle has been damaged.
Check under the car for damage. If, for example the gas tank is damaged, or dented, it will give you an inaccurate reading on your fuel gauge and it is just another indication of problems.
Keep your eyes open, ask a lot of questions and if you have doubts, walk away.

Questions and Answers
How do I know whether I am buying a salvage vehicle that has been rebuilt?
When a dealer comes into possession of a salvage or rebuilt-restored vehicle, the dealer, before he negotiates for the sale of the vehicle, must give written notice to the customer and the prospective lien holder that a salvage certificate or a branded title has been issued for the vehicle (41-1a-1004). The dealer must also prominently display the form in the lower passenger-side corner of the windshield when the vehicle is displayed or offered for sale. This disclosure form must be used by non-dealers as well. However, non-dealers do not need to place the form in the windshield while the vehicle is on display or being offered for sale.

Can a salvage or branded title that has been issued to a motor vehicle that has little or no damage ever have the salvage title brand removed?
No, brands are not allowed to be removed once the vehicle has been branded.

Can a salvage vehicle that has already been repaired have the brand removed from the title?
No, if the vehicle has already been repaired or is a flood vehicle, it is not eligible to have the brand on the title removed.

If a dealer buys a salvage vehicle from another state with a branded title, can the vehicle go through the inspection procedure in Utah and have the brand removed?
No, if the title is already branded by another state or jurisdiction it is not eligible to have the brand removed in Utah.

2. What is a Rebuilt Title?

What does “rebuilt title” mean? Before Salt Lake City drivers can understand what a rebuilt title is, you need to understand what a salvaged title is, because a rebuilt title can only be understood in terms of the differences between a rebuilt vs. salvage title. Read on to learn everything you need to know about rebuilt title vehicles and how they offer a lesser-known way to save big when car shopping. Then fill out a pre-approval and reach out to a AutoSavvy location near you to get started.

Rebuilt vs. Salvage Title: What are the Differences?
When someone gets into an accident in Denver, CO, their insurance company will evaluate the damage to that vehicle and decide whether or not it’s more cost-effective to get repairs or fully compensate the driver so they can replace their car. When a vehicle is “totaled,” the insurance company will mark the vehicle as “salvaged.” In some cases, salvage title vehicles are in much better condition than you would think, but their negative brand drastically reduces their residual value. What that means for Las Vegas, NV is that there’s a world of incredibly affordable used vehicles that are in better condition than you’d surmise by their price alone.

So, what does a rebuilt title mean? The difference between rebuilt vs. salvage title vehicles is that rebuilt vehicles were once salvaged but have been refurbished.

Why Buy a Rebuilt Vehicle?
When Boise, ID drivers consider the salvage market because they’ve heard they can save big, they can get peace of mind when that salvage title vehicle has been redesignated as rebuilt. Rebuilt vehicles come with a detailed account of all the previous damages the vehicle sustained and a thorough record of every restoration it’s undergone. This really is a loophole in the used car sales market that allows you to pay much less for a used car in good condition.

3. What are Branded Title Vehicles and why are they the “New Standard” for Smart Car Shoppers

Better Decisions Come from Better Education
When it comes to buying a vehicle, the days of “more money = higher quality” and “buying new is better” are over. These misconceptions have led many shoppers to pay too much for their vehicles. Informed car buyers are now realizing how much money they can save when purchasing their next vehicle. Better access to accurate information is helping to create thousands of smart shoppers and educated consumers who understand the cost-saving benefits of the branded title vehicles we have for sale. “Paying less for more” is the smarter option for car and truck buyers these days–and as a result, Autolocity customers couldn't be happier with our branded title cars for sale!

What is a Branded Title?
A branded title simply means that a vehicle has been in an incident that requires insurance involvement–that's it. Even if the repairs are done professionally, the insurance company may still assign the vehicle a branded title, often referred to as a salvaged or rebuilt title. Unfortunately, what many buyers don't know is in many cases, a vehicle with a branded title required only minor repairs and is still in excellent condition.

Why Should You Buy a Branded Vehicle?

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Fully inspected, reliable and safe
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Branded vehicles are an overlooked and misunderstood purchase opportunity. Searching for a new vehicle is often a multi-faceted negotiation process that can lead to dissatisfaction and/or over-spending. Oftentimes, a car buyer must sacrifice needs and wants for price–but when purchasing a branded title vehicle, this simply is not the case. A large number of vehicles that have been assigned a branded title by an insurance company often have very minimal damage, which in many cases is just cosmetic. Many of these vehicles can easily be fully restored and repaired. Our goal is to return the vehicle to its fully operating condition. So, the buyer (that means you) receives an attractive, sound, fully-functioning vehicle at a significant cost savings.

What Types of Vehicles Get Branded?

Every day, vehicles are damaged, assigned a branded title and salvaged. This may be due to a single car collision or sometimes an unexpected event that causes damage to a large number of cars simultaneously. In both cases, the damaged cars can be easily repaired. What a waste of perfectly good cars that just need a little TLC! This practice of restoring minimally damaged vehicles is highly economical and beneficial to our environment and planet.

These are the most common types of branded titles:


Thousands of accidents happen every day, resulting in very minor damage to a complete loss. The knowledgeable professionals at Autolocity are experts in finding only the best post-collision, “branded title” vehicles available. Each vehicle we sell is fully restored and operational.


A car may become branded if it has been involved in any kind of water damage or flood; however, many branded vehicles have only been exposed to a few inches of water, often barely enough to make it up to the rims! Imagine having the option to purchase an undamaged vehicle assigned a branded title due to standing water that never reached higher than the tires.

Autolocity is highly selective about our inventory. Any flood-impacted vehicles that we sell are held to the highest standard. A strict adherence of this policy ensures that our customers receive vehicles restored to their previous condition, or better.


A hail storm can be a very unexpected and fast-acting event that leaves otherwise perfectly sound vehicles with broken glass and a pitted exterior. A brand-new vehicle right off the showroom floor can be damaged by hail, resulting in a branded title. Many buyers can reap the benefits of purchasing a brand new vehicle with a branded title, at an exceptional savings. Autolicity's professionals, and our Triple Select Inspection, ensure that every hail-damaged car has been fully repaired.


Every 44 seconds a car is stolen in the United States. Circumstances involving theft can sometimes lead to a branded title, and vehicles are often recovered with little to no damage. This offers car buyers the unique opportunity to purchase a great car for a reduced price. Our customers can rest assured that every theft-recovered vehicle is clean, safe and fully inspected.

Is it “safe” to buy a car with a salvage title?
A “branded title” is basically the umbrella term for either a salvage or rebuilt / restored titled vehicle. Titles are deemed in 3 different statuses: clean, salvage or rebuilt / restored.

In Utah, in order for a vehicle to be registered and legal it must pass a safety inspection. This requires it to be completely repaired, and in safe and operable specifications. Additionally at TJ Chapman Auto we have an inspection process when we purchase the cars at our model specific rebuilders that are located all over the country. Additionally then when they arrive at our lot in Salt Lake City they go through our shop with our veteran ASE certified mechanics who have experience working on rebuilt vehicles.

Can a vehicle with a rebuilt / restored title vehicle be financed?
Yes, we have several lenders we work with and can help you, even if you are out of state.

Can a rebuilt / restored title vehicle be insured?
Yes, however if your present insurance company does not cover a rebuilt title, compare quotes to find an insurance carrier. You can log on to quote wizard.

When should you be cautious about buying a vehicle that has a branded title?
It’s important for you to know what the history of the vehicle you are buying has; was it in a collision, theft recovery, hail damage, water recovery? What is most important is how it was repaired, and were the repairs done by experienced model specific rebuilders. Mom and pop shops that do a few vehicles a year may be a gamble.

4. What is the difference between a Salvage Certificate or Salvage Title?

If you have purchases a vehicle that is salvaged it is important to know the difference between a salvage certificate and salvage title. Each of these represent different steps in the salvage process. When you purchase a vehicle the goal is to do the least amount of work as possible. If you have purchased a vehicle with a salvage certificate you have a lot of work to do. On the other hand, if you purchased a vehicle with a salvage title, everything should already be complete and you should be able to transfer the vehicle in to your name very easily.

Salvage Certificate
A salvage certificate is issued when after the vehicle has been declared as a total loss. This is the first step in the salvage process. Once the insurance company writes the vehicle off, the will collect the title from the customer and apply for a salvage certificate from the California DMV. The DMV will then issue a salvage certificate in the name of the Insurance Company. The last step is for the insurance company to sell the vehicle at auction. The person with the winning bid, purchases the car and receives the salvage certificate as proof of ownership. They are then required to perform a brake and lamp inspection, VIN Verification, and smog check inspection in order to register the vehicle in their name. Once they have cleared the inspections and paid the DMV, the DMV will send a title to the registered owner within 30 days. The title will then be branded as salvage and the vehicle can be operated on any California Public Highway.

Salvage Title
The term “Salvage Title” is used very loosely when referring to salvage cars. The actual meaning of the term in the industry is that the vehicle has all ready cleared all the requirements to be put back on the road and the certificate of ownership or title is branded salvage. If you have read the paragraph on salvage certificates, you will see that these two documents are very different. The only issue you need to watch out for when purchasing a car with a salvage title is the reason the vehicle was salvaged. This will help you make an informed decision whether you want to purchase the salvaged car or not.


If the insurance company has declared your vehicle a total loss and you want to retain the vehicle, you may need to apply for a salvage certificate. if you are planning on fixing the vehicle then you can skip this process and apply for a salvage title. Outlined below are the instructions you need to follow when applying for a salvage certificate.

Ensure the insurance company has reported the vehicle as a total loss to the California Department of Motor Vehicles.
Fill out a Reg 488C and take the form to any DMV field office to have it processed.
Within 30 days the salvage certificate should arrive in your mail box.

Are you planning to transfer a rebuilt title between Utah and its surrounding states? Check out my detailed guides for Nevada, New Mexico, Wyoming, Arizona, Colorado and Idaho.


What is a rebuilt title (what does a rebuilt title mean)?

A rebuilt title is also called a reconstructed title. There are two types of rebuilt titles. A legal salvage title is usually issued because the vehicle has suffered severe damage and needs to be rebuilt. A legal salvage title is necessary to legally sell the vehicle. A non-legal salvage title is issued when the damage isn't severe enough to warrant a legal salvage title, but the owner determines that repairing the vehicle is too costly. A non-legal salvage title is often issued with a brand. The "brand" means the vehicle is only good for parts.

What is a salvage title (what does a rebuilt title mean)?

Salvage titles are assigned to vehicles that have been deemed unrepairable and uninsurable, usually because of the damage they have sustained. The title assigned to a salvage vehicle usually has a letter and an alphanumeric code. However, if a vehicle has been damaged and repaired and the damage has been deemed minor, the original title holder can request a replacement title without a salvage code!

A salvage title is what you get when you buy a car that has been involved in an accident. Salvage titles are fairly cheap to get and the car probably isn't in the best condition, but they could be good to get if you're on a budget. There are certain states that require you to get a vehicle inspected after it has been repaired. For the most part, the car will make it through this inspection because most people don't know how to spot the damage done to it after an accident.

After a vehicle sold at auction, a dealership may not have the time to inspect every vehicle properly. They will sell the vehicles as is, even if there is a salvage title. That is because some vehicles will not have any issues that affect the safety of the driver or the passengers. In fact, many vehicles will still be drivable after an accident. Therefore, a salvage title is a warning sign for a potential buyer. However, it is not a guarantee that the vehicle will not function as intended. That is why a buyer needs to perform a thorough inspection on a vehicle with a salvage title.

What is a branded title (what does a branded title mean)?

A branded title is a classification on a vehicle's title that states the vehicle was once declared a total loss or comes with some other major problem. Cars with branded titles have been repaired or rebuilt and sold. A branded title can mean the car was damaged in a flood, its odometer was rolled back, or it was involved in a major accident. Purchasing a car with a branded title entails risks. These risks may include issues with the car's safety, performance, and even its history. However, some cars with branded titles are still great buys. Before you buy a car with a branded title, you should examine the title thoroughly and test the car after you've purchased it.

Rebuilt title vs. salvage title vs. branded title

It's important to understand the difference between a rebuilt title and a salvage title. A rebuilt title means that a mechanic took a damaged title and repaired it. If a mechanic can't repair a title he will have to issue a salvage title. A salvage title means that a car had major damage in a crash. If a car has a salvage title it will have a rebuilt title with a branded title. A branded title means that the car had major damage in a crash, but the mechanic was able to repair it. Salvage titles are less desirable to buyers. If a car has a salvage title the vehicle will lose a lot of its value. In that case, it might not be worth repairing it.

Is a rebuilt title bad?

Although a rebuilt title may seem like a bad deal, you can make a rebuilt title car work for you. To do this, first you need to learn all you can about the car before you buy. You should be able to see it and drive it and check everything that the car and seller say about it. And if it has a rebuilt title, you can read the report written by the insurance company and find out exactly why the car was totaled. This way you can avoid buying a rebuilt title car that will quickly break down and be more than you can handle.

As long as it was repaired and inspected properly by a reputable mechanic, a rebuilt title car is a perfectly good vehicle to consider buying.

Before you consider buying a car with a rebuilt title

If you are looking to purchase a rebuilt car, you should consider several factors beforehand. First, are the quality of the work done on the car. If you are looking to purchase a car that has been rebuilt, you should ask for proof that it has been inspected. You should also ask for a record of the repairs that have been done to the car. This information could save you a lot of headache down the line.

Salvage title cars are not always in bad shape, sometimes they are rebuilt to the manufacturer's specifications. And if you are willing to do some of the maintenance that comes with any used car, you can get a great deal!

People who are looking to sell their used cars or buy cheap cars will often check out rebuilt title car auctions. These auctions are exactly what they sound like, places where cars that have been salvaged after an accident are sold to the public. Of course, not all of these cars are in bad shape. Some of them are practically brand new! Because the sellers want to turn a profit, they can be quite willing to negotiate. You can find some great deals in rebuilt title car auctions.

How to determine the value of the rebuilt title car?

It's important for individuals who are looking to buy a new and used vehicle to know how a rebuilt title affects the value of a vehicle and what the benefits and setbacks are of having a rebuilt title before buying a vehicle.

The Kelley Blue Book will tell you exactly what a car is worth in a number of different conditions. Here's a step by step process on how to use a Kelley Blue Book: First, you need to know the year, make, model, and mileage of the vehicle. Next, find the vehicle in the book. This will tell you how much the vehicle is worth when in perfect condition. After, subtract the amount of miles the car has from the original mileage the car had when it was purchased. You can also compare prices and see what other people are paying for rebuilt titles.

A rebuilt title car value calculator is a great tool for anyone who is in the market for rebuilt title cars for sale. While all cars on the market have a value, not all of these values are created equally. Don't just go on the word of the salesman. Do your due diligence and check the value. The value of a car is calculated by its mileage and the year it was built. A rebuilt title car value calculator can assist you in understanding the value of the automobile. The condition of the engine, its interior and exterior, and its mileage are all used to calculate its market value.

What to look for when you shopping for a car with a rebuilt title

If you want a good deal on a car, a rebuilt title might be a good thing to look for. Here are a few reasons to get a rebuilt title. They're not always a bad thing! They're usually priced at a discount because of some minor damage or some other minor issue, but nothing that affects the driving performance of the car. Sometimes a rebuilt title is a good way to get a high-end luxury car like Bentley, Audi R8 and BMW M4, without paying a high-end luxury car price. In rare cases, a car's title will be rebuilt if it was totaled in an accident. But most of the time, a car's title will be rebuilt if it was in an accident and the owners insurance company paid out for a total loss. If you want a good deal on a car and you don't mind taking a chance on a car with a little bit of a history, you might want to consider a rebuilt title.

There are different kinds of rebuilt car reports that will tell you the history of the car. The VIN report will tell you if the car has been in a major accident and what caused it. The vehicle accident report will tell you if the vehicle has been in a minor accident (or no accident but only salvaged because of theft). If you want to buy a rebuilt title car, you'll need to know all of the information on the different reports and how it will affect your new vehicle.

Some people wonder if they should buy a car that has a rebuilt title. The short answer is that you should always buy a rebuilt title car with many questions. Even if you find a car with a clean title, you'll still want to take a look at the car before you buy. Buying a car with a rebuilt title is much better than buying a car with a clean title and it's a good way to save money. It's important to always ask the seller as many questions as possible before you decide to buy. The best thing you can do is to take a look at the car yourself. The worst thing you can do is to take a look at the car. You should always ask for as much information as possible and do as much research as possible to give yourself an idea of what you're getting.

What is salvage title insurance?

Most people know there are insurance companies for auto accidents, but some are unaware of the salvaged title car insurance. This form of insurance is for people who want to continue using their vehicle after it has an accident or has some other defect that prevents it from being safe to drive. Insurance policies that cover salvaged title cars are for people who want to keep their car instead of trading it in for something newer. These policies are also for people who aren't able to pay the cash value for a new car due to their low income.

Can I get an auto loan for a rebuilt title car?

The best way to see if you qualify for an auto loan with a rebuilt title is to check with several lenders and compare rates and repayment terms. You may want to consider comparing lenders whose business is to do auto loans with rebuilt titles. At the very least, you should be able to find one or two lenders who specialize in auto loans with rebuilt titles. The easiest way to do this is to use Google. Simply type in "auto title loan lenders" and you should find a few companies whose business is to do auto loans with rebuilt titles.

Here are a few tips to help you figure out how to get an auto loan for a rebuilt title. Start off by talking to a few different banks and financial institutions and find out what you can and can't do with a rebuilt title and what the different options are. Determine which route is best for you, but be sure that you get all the information you need before you start down that road.

What is a typical rebuilt title application process?

A salvage vehicle may be re-titled and registered in several ways. The owner should be aware that there are regulations that must be followed. If the car was even partially rebuilt from parts sourced from other salvage cars, such as those purchased from a salvage yard, the owner will have to have an Affidavit of Motor Vehicle Assembled From Wrecked or Salvaged Motor Vehicles filled out and notarized.

The process for replacing a lost title varies depending on the state you live in. In many states, in order to make a replacement title application, you'll need to submit a few pieces of information and provide a small fee. First, you'll need to fill out an application for a replacement title and indicate type of lost title and where you lost it. You'll also need to provide proof of insurance and pay a fee. Then, you'll take this application to your local county clerk and hopefully receive your replacement title.

It's important to fulfill the requirements of a salvaged vehicle before you can apply for a title and registration. Additionally, you will need to inspect the vehicle and restore it to a safe and drivable condition. This will require obtaining parts and repairing and replacing any and all body parts and mechanical systems. There is a specific order that you must follow. First, you'll need to verify the VIN. Then, you'll need to inspect the vehicle and all the parts. After that, you'll need to replace or repair the body and mechanical systems. Finally, you'll need to notify the DMV and fill out the necessary applications for a title and registration.

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