Those who have vehicles with salvage titles in Georgia and who want to get them on the road again will have to go through the rebuilding process first. It is a relatively straightforward process, but it is important to pay attention to the details and complete it in the correct order.
The state of Georgia requires those who wish to get a rebuilt title for their salvage vehicles to have the vehicle repaired by a licensed rebuilder. However, non-licensed builders are allowed to rebuild two vehicles per year without having a license. It is important to make sure you get the car into proper working order before getting an inspection.
Getting the Inspection
In Georgia, after the vehicle has been repaired, but before it has been painted, it needs to go through an inspection conducted by a station or private inspector approved by the Department of Revenue. Then, it receive a rebuilt title and license plates.
There are a number of inspection stations around the state including in Ringgold, Forest Park, Bloomingdale, Canton, Austell, Scottdale, Stone Mountain, Cornelia, and Gainesville to name a few. A full list of locations and inspectors is available through the Department of Revenue website. It is also possible to have a private inspector come to your home to perform the inspection.
When taking the vehicle to an inspection station, be aware that you will need to tow it to the site and not drive it. At that time, you will need to present all the required paperwork to the station – do not send it to the station beforehand.
Keep in mind that each of the inspection stations actually sets their own fees, so they will vary by location. Contact the inspection station or inspector in advance to find out the fees. Also, you will need to pay the state a $100 inspection fee and $18 title fee when you go to the DMV to get the new title and tags. Then you can get your new rebuilt title and get the vehicle back onto the road.