Salvage Vehicle Titles in Texas
A TX salvage title is issued for cars that have been extremely damaged. A salvaged vehicle has been written off as a total loss by an insurance company after ...
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A Texas damaged car title is a unique title certificate issued by the state Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) for vehicles that were damaged to such an extent that the cost for repair is higher than the vehicle’s worth.
If you obtain a salvage title, you cannot operate the motor vehicle on public highways any longer. If you would like to register and drive a salvaged vehicle, you will first have to complete the necessary repairs and rebuild it. Then, you will be required to apply for a rebuilt salvage title through a local county tax assessor-collector’s office and surrender the wrecked car title.
To apply for a TX auto salvage title, you will have to fill out a corresponding application form and mail it to the appropriate Texas DMV division. Along with the application form, you will be required to submit the original car title and the applicable titling fee in the form of a check. In the event of a missing title certificate, you will also have to apply for a certified copy of the title, provided you are the owner on record. Note that you can get an expedited title certificate by sending your application via express mail.
When applying for a salvage title for cars, you may also be required to submit additional documents, depending on your circumstances. For example, if the original title had a lien that was consequently satisfied, you will need the corresponding lien release form as well. Also, to avoid a delayed and/or rejected salvage title request, ensure that your application form contains accurate and up-to-date information, your legal signature and the odometer reading, if required.
Furthermore, vehicle owners who repair their Texas totaled car can apply for a rebuilt title certificate at a later date. To get a rebuilt title, applicants will be required to fill out a rebuilt vehicle statement. When titling a rebuilt wrecked vehicle, motorists will also have to submit the required information regarding the car repairs, such as the parts that were used during the rebuilding process and the origin of the components. These requirements aim to ensure that the DMV can fully understand what repairs a wrecked car has gone through. To successfully title and register a rebuilt vehicle, car owners will need to submit the rebuilt statement along with the title and/or registration application and the salvage title. An inspection report is also required and can be obtained through an authorized inspection station.