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What is Salvage title? US States Rebuilt Title Rules

To Buying at Car Auctions in Michigan Need to know Auto Rebuilding and Title Rules

By Mike Richards Updated: 05/22/2019 Posted: 10/28/2015

Vehicles that have salvage titles are not able to be driven on the roads of Michigan. Instead, you will need to rebuild the vehicle first, and make sure that it is safe and in good working condition. Following information can be useful for those who want to buy vehicle at greater Detroit auto auction  or other car auctions in Michigan MI.


After rebuilding the vehicle, the vehicle will need to undergo and pass an inspection process, conducted by law enforcement officers that have completed special training. The current cost of the inspection is $100, which is paid directly to the law enforcement agency.

You will need to complete an Application for Salvage Vehicle Inspection (Form TR-13A) before you take the vehicle in for the inspection. The job of the inspecting officer is to verify the ownership of all of the parts used in the vehicle’s rebuild. The current owner needs to provide the title and bills of sale that verify where they bought the parts.

In addition to inspecting the parts for proof of ownership, they will also make sure that the vehicle is in line with the Michigan Vehicle Code requirements for safety. When they complete the process, they will provide you with Salvage Vehicle Recertification (Form TR-13B).

Getting the New Rebuilt Title

After you receive the form from the inspecting office, you will be able to turn the salvage title into a rebuilt title. This will allow you to register the vehicle and drive it on the roads again. In order to do this, you will need to bring the salvage title, the Application for Salvage Vehicle Inspection, and the Salvage Vehicle Recertification form to a Secretary of State branch office.

At that time, they will process the application for the rebuilt title. You can also get a license plate at this time, or you could choose a 30-day or 60-day permit. Keep in mind that at this time, you also have to have proof of Michigan no-fault insurance. The current fee for getting a title is $15, and the fee for registration. Taxes are applicable for the title fee if the ownership is changing.

When the process is complete, your vehicle will have a rebuilt title and registration, as well as insurance, so you can drive it on the roads.

Something that you will want to keep in mind is that the vehicle will always have a rebuilt title associated with it on all of the titles going forward. This is to ensure that anyone who might buy the vehicle in the future understands the vehicle’s history when they are making their buying decision.

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