Salvage vehicles do not necessarily have to go to the junkyard or be sold for parts. In some cases, it is possible to repair the vehicle to get it back in roadworthy shape, and that is what many in Hawaii are doing with salvage vehicles. Even though the insurance companies might see the vehicles as totaled, restoration could be possible.
Deciding to Rebuild
If you do decide that you want to rebuild the vehicle, you will not be able to do it on your own. Hawaii does not allow home mechanics and those who tinker with their cars as a hobby to rebuild the vehicles. Instead, you will need to take it to an authorized salvage mechanic. You can contact your local DMV office to get a list of the local rebuilders in your area. They currently do not post this information on the web.
After rebuilding the vehicle, you will still need to have the vehicle inspected, and the current cost of inspection is $15 – they take cash and checks. This ensures that the vehicle is safe for the road, and that all of the parts were obtained legally.
Once the inspection is passed, it is possible to get a rebuilt title for the vehicle, which you will then be able to drive on the roads, provided that you get insurance coverage.