What is Salvage title? US States Rebuilt Title Rules

Car Rebuilding and Title Rules for New Mexico

By Mike Richards Updated: 05/22/2019 Posted: 10/29/2015

In New Mexico, it is possible to reconstruct and rebuild vehicles that have been deemed total losses by the insurance companies.

Repairing the Vehicle

These vehicles will have a salvage title after the insurance company declared them to be a total loss, and at that point, the owner needs to repair the vehicle to get it back into roadworthy shape.

If the vehicle is non-repairable, then the owner will not be able to sell the vehicle, except to licensed auto recyclers. If it is a repairable vehicle, they can make the repairs needed to get the vehicle back on the road again.


After completing the repairs needed for the vehicle, drivers will need to provide a number of different items to the Motor Vehicle Department including the manufacturer’s certificate of origin or certificate of title, and invoices and bills of sale for all of the parts purchased in the repair of the vehicle.


After the vehicle has been repaired and goes through an inspection, it will be possible for the owner to receive a reconditioned title. The title will always bear the reconditioned title, which is the same as salvage in other states.

After getting the vehicle through the inspections and the new title, it will be possible for the owner to register the vehicle and drive it on the roads again, provided that you have insurance coverage.

The fees for the inspection, titling, and registration are subject to change, so it is always a good idea to visit the New Mexico Motor Vehicle Department website to find the latest fees.

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