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Should I Buy A Branded Title Car Fixed

Brands can sometimes be removed from titles, but only if the vehicle was not damaged by flood, and if just one major component part of the vehicle was damaged. Removing a brand will require a certified inspection before, and sometimes after, the repair process.

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If your car is totaled and you want to save yourself the stress of dealing with a branded title, give Tear-A-Part a call. We pay cash for junked cars, even if they have a branded title.

On the market of used cars today, there are a lot of branded/salvaged title vehicles for sale, generally in the privately owned market. The general rule is that if a vehicle has a branded/salvaged title it has a value of about 50% of what that vehicle with a clean title would be worth.

When a vehicle has a branded/salvaged title this means that the damage to vehicle has an estimate of repairs that exceed the value of the vehicle. The insurance companies have a threshold of repair costs to vehicle value, sometimes it is not at a complete 100% of repair costs to value and they will still consider a vehicle totaled. Depending on the value of the vehicle prior to the damage if it has a branded/salvaged title, you can figure that the proper repair costs were 80% to 100% of the vehicle value.

The wiring of a vehicle can be compromised and can cause increased chance of car fires in the future of the vehicle. As a shop, we have seen several car fires that were caused by wiring chafing inside of panels and through the fire wall of the vehicle that could not be seen as a problem ahead of time to repair. These vehicles all had salvaged/branded titles. Wheel and Suspension Alignment once a vehicle has been structurally damaged it may not be possible to get the vehicle aligned back up properly. Some of todays vehicles have a unibody frame and depending on the damage that occurred it may not be possible to get it completely straight again.

These are just some of the more common issues that can be seen with salvaged or branded title vehicles. We would recommend that for the most part steering clear of branded or salvage title vehicles, for your own safety and the reliability of the vehicle. We recommend whenever you decide to purchase a used vehicle to have it inspected by a qualified technician at your trusted repair facility. This will help to catch most issues with a vehicle, safeguarding you from making a poor purchase choice.

Bargain hunters shopping the branded-title market hope to find vehicles that suffered little or no damage. For example, if a car was stolen and had only a few parts stripped, it might get a salvage title, even though it could be restored to perfect running order. Hail damage can often be severe enough to total a car.

A vehicle that has been issued an orange-colored salvage title may not be registered in Nevada until it has been inspected by a Nevada registered garage, Nevada licensed body shop or Nevada licensed rebuilder.(NRS 487.860)

Read and follow all of the procedures on this page carefully. A rebuilt vehicle must be inspected by a licensed garage or body shop and the DMV before it can be sold or registered. It is the owner's responsibility to complete these steps and obtain a standard blue Nevada title before the sale.

See NRS 487.800 for details. The DMV will issue a Salvage Title or Non-Repairable Vehicle Certificate to the new owner (the insurance company or DMV licensee) or to the current owner (if the vehicle is retained) within two business days after the department's Central Services Division has received the properly completed application, current title and other documents.

If the vehicle to be restored is five model years old or newer, it must be brought to a DMV Inspection Station for completion of the Authorization for Vehicle Restoration prior to any repairs. Vehicles may not be restored, titled or registered unless this has been completed. This is not necessary for vehicles six model years old or older.

The vehicle must then be brought to a DMV inspection station for completion of the Certificate of Inspection. Once this is accomplished and all other registration requirements have been met, the vehicle may be registered and titled. The vehicle may be sold once the new title has been issued.

All future titles will be a normal Nevada Certificate of Title but will be "branded", which means the title will be labeled with the word "Rebuilt" or other appropriate term. The brand cannot be removed.

Any person who transfers an interest in a motor vehicle in this state shall, before the transfer, disclose in writing to the transferee any information that the transferor knows or reasonably should know concerning whether the vehicle is a salvage, rebuilt or reconstructed vehicle. (NRS 487.830)

Vehicles which have had certain repairs must be titled as Rebuilt even if they do not meet the definition of a salvage vehicle. This applies to any vehicle that has had one or more of the following major components replaced:

These vehicles must be inspected by a licensed garage or body shop and the DMV using the Certificate of Inspection for Rebuilt Vehicles (Not Salvage). The existing title must be surrendered to the DMV, which will issue a title branded "Rebuilt".

You're browsing a used-car shopping site when a vehicle grabs your attention. The car you are interested in has a price that seems too good to be true. You keep scanning until you see two words in small print: "salvage title."

Usually the insurance company sells the car to either a repair facility or parts dismantler. If the car is repaired, most states require that it pass a basic safety inspection before the motor vehicle agency will issue a new title. When the state does issue the title, it's "branded," so future owners are aware that the car has been salvaged or rebuilt. Check your state's laws on salvage title vehicles for more information.

A car with a salvage title hasn't always been in a collision, however. There are a number of reasons why a vehicle might get a salvage title, said Mark Binder, national salvage manager for Farmers Insurance.

Flood damage: Flood-damaged cars sometimes get a salvage title. Some states will specifically call out flood damage on a car's title, but other states merely use the term "salvage title."

Hail damage: As with flood cars, the titles of vehicles that are damaged by hail can also get a salvage title if the state does not have a specific "hail damage" designation on the document.

Theft recovery: After a vehicle has been stolen and is missing for a certain period of time, the insurance company will pay off the vehicle. If the vehicle is eventually found, the insurance company is free to sell it to a salvager, which will replace any missing parts. Some states will then issue a salvage title for the car.

Non-Repairable: A severely damaged and non-operable vehicle with no resale value other than its parts can get a "non-repairable" designation, which some states call a "junk title." In these extreme cases, the state won't allow the vehicle to be repaired and it must either be sold to a scrap yard or destroyed. "Non-repairable" isn't a salvage title per se, but it is important to be aware of the term in case you come across a vehicle that's been labeled this way.

It depends on how comfortable you are with buying a car that has a checkered past. On the one hand, salvage-title vehicles can be an opportunity if you're on a budget or in need of a second vehicle. Depending on the vehicle, a salvage-title car can sell anywhere from about 20 percent to 40 percent less than the same vehicle that has a clean title, said Richard Arca, pricing manager for Edmunds. He added that the markdown of a salvage-title vehicle is greater when the market demand for the vehicle is low.

On the other hand, some salvage-title vehicles can be more prone to mechanical problems and have reduced resale value. Consumers can do these three things to help minimize the risks of buying a car that will let you down, Binder said:

1. Have the vehicle inspected: This is one of the most important things to do if you're considering the purchase of a car with a salvage title. Bring a mechanic with you for an inspection. You might also arrange to take the car to a body shop. A car professional will have a better idea about whether the repairs were done correctly and can spot any red flags, such as frame damage or parts that still need repairing.

2. Purchase the vehicle from a reputable repairer: Search for online reviews of the facility that's selling the vehicle. If it's one that's known for making quality repairs, buying a salvage-title car there may be less risky than purchasing from someone without a track record.

1. You might not be able to get a car loan: Banks and credit unions shy away from car loans on salvage-title vehicles. They worry that cars that suffered enough damage to be declared a total loss might have weakened structural integrity and might not make it through another accident. Another concern is that, down the line, the cars might need a major repair that the borrower wouldn't be able to pay for, leading to a higher risk of repossession. Banks only want to provide money for vehicles that will last the length of their loans, and salvage vehicles don't have a great reputation for longevity. Banks are a little more forgiving when it comes to hail damage, which is often more of a cosmetic issue than a mechanical one, but you still might not get all the money you're looking for.

2. You would have to work harder to get car insurance: You will probably be able to get the liability insurance that's mandated in most states for a salvage-title car that has been rebuilt or repaired and inspected, said Lynne McChristian, a spokesperson for the Insurance Information Institute. Because it's a salvage-title car, it's riskier to insure, and you might have to pay more than you would for a car with a clean title. "Keep shopping around," she advised. "It's a competitive market." For liability insurance, the rate is likely to be more based on your driving record than the car's history. 041b061a72


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