Rebuilt Title:

All You Want to Know about Rebuilt Title & Vehicles.

Rebuilt Title means that the vehicle has had a serious damage. You can safely buy such a vehicle only when you know what exactly happened. That is why it is critically important to check vehicle history by VIN.

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Rebuilt Title Facts and FAQ

On this page, you can find the answers to the most popular questions about rebuilt title vehicles and check whether some widespread statements about reconstructed vehicles are true or not.

Every damaged vehicle can be repaired and get a rebuilt title.

Not true. Only rebuildable autos can get a rebuilt title. As a rule, such vehicles first have a common “salvage” or “rebuildable salvage” title, as opposed to “non-repairable”, “parts only” or the greater part of “junk” titles, which mean that the vehicle cannot be repaired to be legally used on public roads and can be sold only for parts to a junk-yard. Basically, rebuilt vehicle title means that the damage was not so bad and vehicle could be repaired, unless is was “title-washed”. VIN check and the vehicle history report will help you unveil the background of a car, motorcycle or any other motor vehicle.

Rebuilt title affects value of the car

True, the value of rebuilt title cars is lower that that of clean title cars or any other vehicles - motorcycles, trucks of motorhomes. But how much does a rebuilt title affect value? Generally, 10 to 50 percent, depends on the type of the damage (frame damage, chassis, rebuilt engine, body damage, flood, salt water, fire, hail, stripping). Just remember that resale value will be really low, and you may not be able to sell it as a trade-in at all (read more in Rebuilt title car value section)

Rebuilt title due to water / flood damage is a bad deal

True. A flood damaged vehicle may look like a good buy but electric systems may fail at any moment. Rust and must are also quite unpleasant bonuses, especially in case of salt water damage.

Rebuilt title due to theft is a bad deal

Not necessarily - rebuilt title due to theft may be a good buy, as long as it’s operable and got the salvage title according to the state’s law. In some states, a salvage title is issued when a vehicle is stolen and found after the insurance claim was paid. Insurance companies total such vehicles. Legally, the vehicle is OK because the claim was paid and it was found. Such cars may get back on the road again. However, even if mechanically the car was not damaged (although stolen cars can be abandoned, stripped or vandalized), it will still have a rebuilt salvage title or an equivalent title according to the state’s rebuilt title law, pointing to the fact that the vehicle once had a salvage title. No matter why a salvage title was issued, in most sates the law orders that an indication of a salvage history remains on the title for the entire vehicle’s lifetime, until it falls into pieces, is sold for parts or recycled, or leaves the country and gets new documents according to the law of the new country of registration.

Rebuilt title registration is difficult

Not at all. Generally, when applying for the new rebuilt title you have to fill out a standard title application form and provide the proof that the vehicle was properly reconstructed (paid bills from the body shops). Before a title is issued, the state authorities will inspect the car for safety issues and verify the VIN to make sure it’s not altered of faked. After that, your vehicle will be registered and get a new title. Once rebuilt title issued, the vehicle officially becomes full-fledged and roadworthy.

Rebuilt title voids factory warranty

True. Unfortunately, factory warranty for a rebuilt title vehicle will no longer be valid because the vehicle was salvaged, regardless of the timeframe. If the dealer tells you the warranty on a rebuilt title you are buying is not void -
run away, you have every reason not to trust that dealer and to expect any sort of scam, like title washing.

Can I resell rebuilt title as a trade-in?

Theoretically - yes. In practice, most dealerships will not take it as a trade-in or trade-in value will be very low.

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