What is Salvage title? US States Rebuilt Title Rules

Car Rebuilding and Title Rules for Autos From Auctions in Maryland MD

By Mike Richards Updated: 07/26/2022 Posted: 10/28/2015

Many times, vehicles that have been in accidents are more expensive to repair than the insurance companies would like to pay. The owner or the insurance company can file for a salvage title, which means they will no longer be able to drive it on the roads. However, in many cases, there could still be quite a few miles left on the vehicle. In those cases, it could be a good idea to rebuild and sell it at auto auctions in MD Maryland.


If you have a vehicle that has a salvage title, and you want to get it back on the road in Maryland, that is possible.


However, you need to follow a very specific process.


What Is the Process For Maryland Reconstructed Title?

After you have completed the rebuilding process of the vehicle, it will need to go through a salvaged vehicle inspection, which will be conducted by the Maryland State Police Department. You will need to schedule an appointment with them through their MSP Salvage Scheduling System, which you have to do online.


The inspection is to ensure that the vehicle and the parts used in the vehicle were not stolen, and that the serial numbers have not been removed in an attempt to try to hide the theft. If the VIN plate is removed or damaged, the Auto Theft unit will have to conduct the examination.


After you schedule your appointment online, they will send you a confirmation after entering your information and paying the payment. The current fee for the inspection is $25.


When the day of your inspection arrives and you bring your vehicle to the office, you will also need to bring a completed inspection checklist, personal ID, the certificate of salvage, and proof of ownership. The officer will look over the documents and then start the inspection. After completing the inspection, as long as there are no issues, they will stamp and sign the certificate of salvage.


Once you pass the vehicle inspection, you can apply to the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration to get a new title for the vehicle and a 30-day temporary registration.


This will let you drive the vehicle to an authorized inspection site for the safety inspection. This inspection is to ensure that the vehicle is actually roadworthy and that it will be safe to drive on the roads of Maryland. After it passes, you should be able to register your vehicle.


What Documents Are Needed to Get the New Title?

When you are applying for your new title, you need to have a number of documents as well. You have to have proof of ownership of the vehicle, which in this case is the certificate of salvage. Your name needs to appear on the document, or the ownership of the vehicle needs to have been transferred to you on the back of the certificate. Something to keep in mind is that Maryland does not accept salvage certificates from New York.


You also have to fill out the application form for the new title, and proof of the Maryland salvage inspection. The salvage certificate with their seal and signature is all you need, but you could provide a letter on the Maryland State Police letterhead that includes their impressed seal as well.


Include the Maryland safety inspection certification as well. The safety certificate is only valid for 90 days after the date of the inspection.


You must also include proof of purchase prices, such as the bill of sale with a signature from both buyer and seller.

The bill of sale needs to be notarized if

  • the vehicle is less than seven years old,
  • the purchase price is $500 below the NADA book value, and
  • the new owner wants to base the excise tax calculation on the sale price instead of the book value.


Include the odometer disclosure statement as well. You can use the certificate of salvage, auction receipt, or bill of sale to declare the odometer reading.


After you have completed all of the steps, you will receive your new title and can register the vehicle. Then, you will be able to drive it on the roads with no problem, provided that you have insurance coverage.


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