Virginia Salvage Title

In the state of Virginia, insurance companies have the authority to declare a vehicle a total loss if your automobile is in an accident. If your insurance claims the total loss or the word salvage has been stamped on the title, it is illegal to operate your vehicle on any road in Virginia. What this means is that your original registration on your vehicle has been cancelled, and you'll need to remove your plates off your automobile.

If the vehicle is restored, it has to be inspected before a Rebuilt Title will be issued. A rebuilt vehicle with a VA Salvage Rebuilt Title can be driven on the highways. Please note that your vehicle can't be re-titled until it passes a Salvage Inspection.

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Virginia Salvage Titles

In the state of Virginia a vehicle is deemed a total loss by an insurance company if repairing the vehicle or rebuilding the vehicle is 75 percent or more of the market value as determined by your insurance company. Once claimed as a total loss, the car will be assigned a VA Salvaged Title. Your salvaged vehicle must be rebuilt or restored and pass inspection before it can be registered to be driven on the highways.

Virginia Salvage Certificate of Title

Once your insurance company deems your vehicle a total loss, you can apply for a VA Salvage Vehicle Certificate of Title through your local Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles branch. The DMV will process the information, and if you were indicated as the owner of the salvaged vehicle by your insurance agency, the Salvage Title will be sent through the mail.

Virginia Salvage Inspection

Before converting a Virginia Salvage Title to a Rebuilt Salvage Title, the vehicle must have been repaired or restored and passed a salvage inspection performed by the DMV Law Enforcement Services District office. You will have to fill out a Request for Repaired or Rebuilt Salvage Vehicle Examination form. (Please refer to the form for inspection information.)

Virginia Salvage Title to Rebuilt Salvage Certificate of Title

Upon completion of your salvaged vehicle restoration and successful completion of the salvage inspection, you may then convert your VA Salvage Title to a VA Rebuilt Salvage Title. To acquire your Rebuilt Title you'll need to complete a Salvage Certificate of Title. You will also have to include your title, bill of sale, all receipts for parts used in the rebuild, along with method of payment for the appropriate fees.

Once the process is complete, your Rebuilt Title will be mailed to you. To learn more about salvage vehicles in the state of VA, click here.

Title an Abandoned Vehicle in Virginia

To claim and title an abandoned vehicle, you must to request a vehicle record search online through the Virginia DMV. Just give the abandoned vehicle's VIN number and pay the $25 fee. If the results of the record search indicate the vehicle is titled in Virginia, the DMV will send you the owner/lienholder's information requesting removal of the vehicle within 15 days.

If they don't respond, you may return to the DMV's website to post your intent to auction the vehicle. The posting remains active for 21 days. Once the posting period ends, you are eligible to title the vehicle. For more information including forms, please go to