What Is A Salvage Title?

Title branding isn’t something that everyone is aware of but it’s an important field to know. Salvaged title vehicles can seem like a confusing topic at first but if you read up on the information from Insurance Navy’s website, you’ll be prepared. A salvaged car is one that receives enough damage that it would cost more to repair or rebuild the vehicle than what the car is worth. In other words, a salvage car is a “total loss” by the car insurance company.

According to Kelley Blue Book, the industry standard for a salvaged vehicle’s resale value is to deduct 20-40% of the vehicle’s listed value on KBB. This may be good news if you’re thinking about buying a salvaged vehicle, but not so much if you’re looking to sell it in the near future.

Salvage cars cannot drive on public roads and you may not purchase auto insurance for it as well. However, once a salvage car has been repaired, it may qualify for a rebuilt title which allows it to be driven, sold and insured.

If your insurance company declares your car a salvage, they will apply for a salvage certificate. Your insurance company will replace your car or offer you a cash settlement. In Illinois, you can only keep a totaled car if it’s been damaged by hail but is still safe to drive or if the car is at least 9 years old.

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*Please review your own policy carefully for details on salvage titles. Salvage titles vary by state.