What is Salvage title? US States Rebuilt Title Rules

Car Rebuilding and Title Rules for car auctions in VA and Virginia auto owners

By Mike Richards Updated: 07/27/2022 Posted: 10/29/2015

Rebuilding salvage vehicles in Virginia need to undergo an examination before they can have a certificate of title issued. Important to make sure that all of the necessary repairs are made before the inspection takes place.


How to Schedule an Exam

If you are going to schedule an inspection for your rebuilt vehicle, provide the proper documents, and fees. Without it, you can put this vehicle into public car auctions in Virginia VA, and become a seller.

You will need to have a copy of the original Virginia salvage certificate that is in your name, along with your other original request for the Examination of Rebuilt Salvage Vehicle (LES 022A). The current fee for an exam is $125, and the fee for a substitute title is $10.

You will need to mail the documents to the Department of Motor Vehicles, Vehicle Branding Work Center, PO Box 27412, Richmond, VA 23269-0001.

Once you submit your materials, an agent will contact you to set up an appointment for the examination of the rebuilt vehicle. After the vehicle passes the examination, you will receive the new title.

To register the vehicle, wait 24 hours after receiving the certificate of title for the records update in the DMV records. At that point, there should be no problem with registering the vehicle.


Title Brands

After July 1, 2015, salvage vehicles that have an “estimated cost of repair less than 90%, but not exceeding 90% of the actual cash value will receive a certificate of title branded as rebuilt.” This is a permanent brand on the vehicle and will be on every subsequent title issued for the vehicle.

Compared to many states, the process of the repair and examination in Virginia is relatively easy. Owners simply need to make sure they fill out all of the forms properly. And that they complete all of the needed repairs on the vehicle before the time of the inspection.

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