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Michigan Rebuilt Title: What Does It Mean?

In Michigan, a salvage vehicle gets a roadworthy status with the “REBUILT SALVAGE” title after being repaired and inspected by a law enforcement officer.

Inspection

A certified mechanic verifies the following:

  • The vehicle was rebuilt in proper manner. After that a license plate (including a dealer plate) can be issued.
  • Ownership and legal use of any parts used in rebuilding the vehicle. For this, you must provide bills of sale or a properly assigned title or for all repair parts.
  • The vehicle’s compliance with Michigan safety requirements and Michigan Vehicle Code equipment.

Associated Fees

  • $100 to the law enforcement agency performing pre-titling inspection
  • $15 title fee
  • Registration fee. The fee depends on the vehicle’s weight, you can find more information here: http://www.michigan.gov/sos/0,4670,7-127–75432–,00.html
  • Tax (in case of ownership change)

Required Papers

  • In order to recertify your totaled vehicle as a rebuilt title in Michigan you’ll have to

complete the Application for Salvage Vehicle Inspection (TR-13A form). A mechanic certified as an inspection officer will then complete Part 4 of the TR-13A.

  • After the inspection the law enforcement officer will complete and issue a TR-13B Salvage Vehicle Recertification form.

How To Register A Rebuilt Vehcile in MI

In order to convert salvage title into “Rebuilt” in MI you’ll have to provide the following papers to Secretary of State branch office:

  • Original salvage title
  • Application for Salvage Vehicle Inspection (TR-13A form
  • The original Salvage Vehicle Recertification form (TR-13B) filled out and issued by the certified mechanic after the inspection

Once your Rebuilt Title application is processed by the branch office you may purchase a license plate or transfer one. Alternatively, you may purchase a 30-day or 60-day permit which requires proof of Michigan no-fault insurance.

MI Rebuilt Title Notes

  • According to state law, salvage and rebuilt titles are orange in color Since 1989. They list the vehicle’s non-salvageable major component parts the color.
  • MI rebuilt vehicles are previously “distressed vehicles”, those with one or more major component parts

(body, engine, frame, bumpers, doors, fenders, hood, transmission, tailgate, etc.) wrecked, damaged destroyed, stolen so that the total estimated loss is from 75% to less than 91% of its pre-damaged cash value. Such vehicles get a salvage title.

  • Please note that the salvage law applies only to motor vehicles. Mobile homes, watercraft and ORVs are not subject to salvage law so they don’t get a rebuilt title.
  • “REBUILT SALVAGE” was introduced in March 2005. From April 1990 to February 2005 the title was “THIS VEHICLE WAS PREVIOUSLY ISSUED A SALVAGE TITLE”. Prior to April 1990, the legend was “REBUILT”

Title Disclosure

A Michigan dealer must provide the buyer with a written\printed disclosure of the vehicle being previously “distressed” and titled as salvage.

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.

Enter VIN (all vehicle types):