WHAT IS A CALIFORNIA DMV “SALVAGE CERTIFICATE” TITLE

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  A CALIFORNIA DMV SALVAGE CERTIFICATE TITLE IS ISSUED WHEN ANY VEHICLE, EVEN A  MOTORCYCLE HAS BEEN RECOVERED AFTER BEING STOLEN OR INVOLVED IN AN ACCIDENT AND THE OWNER OF THE VEHICLE HAS CHOSEN TO KEEP AND REPAIR THE VEHICLE.

  IF INSURED, THE INSURANCE COMPANY WILL CONDUCT AN APPRAISAL TO DETERMINE WHETHER THE COSTS TO  REPAIR THE VEHICLE EXCEED THE VEHICLE’S VALUE. IF SO, THEY WILL PROPOSE TO PAY THEIR VALUATION TO THE OWNER IN EXCHANGE FOR THE VEHICLE RATHER THAN PAY FOR REPAIRS.

  THEY USE SEVERAL FACTORS TO DETERMINE THE VALUE OF THE VEHICLE INCLUDING KELLY BLUE BOOK, MILEAGE AND OVERALL VEHICLE CONDITION. LOWER VALUED VEHICLES ARE OFTEN LEFT WITH THEIR OWNERS IN ADDITION TO A CHECK FOR THE SETTLEMENT AMOUNT MUTUALLY AGREED UPON. THE OWNER MAY THEN CHOOSE TO RETAIN OWNERSHIP AND REPAIR THE VEHICLE.

  THE CALIFORNIA DMV WILL REQUIRE THAT THE OWNER RE-TITLE THE VEHICLE. IT’S IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER THAT THIS PROCESS CANNOT BE DONE AT THE AAA OFFICE AT THIS TIME. YOU CAN READ ALL THE CALIFORNIA DMV REQUIREMENTS HERE. OCCASIONALLY, AN OFFICIAL SMOG CHECK CERTIFICATE MAY ALSO BE REQUIRED. YOU CAN FIND A LOCAL SMOG CHECK STATION HERE.

  IN ORDER TO ISSUE A NEW “SALVAGE TITLE”  FOR THE VEHICLE, ONE OF THE  ITEMS THE DMV WILL REQUIRE IS AN INSPECTION KNOWN FORMALLY AS AN OFFICIAL BRAKE AND LAMP ADJUSTMENT INSPECTION.THE COMPLETE PROCEDURE IS SPELLED OUT FULLY IN THIS ARTICLE.

  THE INSPECTION IS CONDUCTED AT AN OFFICIALLY LICENSED INDEPENDENT AUTOMOTIVE REPAIR STATION, NOT AT THE DMV OR  HIGHWAY PATROL FIELD OFFICE. THESE FACILITIES HOLD A VALID AUTO REPAIR DEALERS LICENSE IN ADDITION TO THE STATIONS’ BRAKE AND LAMP LICENSE.

  THE TECHNICIANS ARE ALSO LICENSED BY THE BUREAU OF AUTOMOTIVE REPAIR, ONE BRANCH OF THE CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF CONSUMER AFFAIRS. THE BUREAU OF AUTOMOTIVE REPAIR IS CHARGED WITH THE TASK OF CONSTRUCTING THE GOVERNING RULES, REGULATIONS AND  PROCEDURES OF AUTOMOTIVE RELATED BUSINESSES IN CALIFORNIA.

  AFTER COMPLETING ALL DMV REQUIREMENTS AND SUBMITTING THE APPROPRIATE DOCUMENTS, A “SALVAGE TITLE” WILL BE  ISSUED AND MAILED TO THE REGISTERED OWNER.

  THE ONLY PHYSICAL DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A NON-SALVAGE AND SALVAGE TITLE IS  A SMALL RECTANGULAR BOX ON THE UPPER RIGHT SIDE OF THE DOCUMENT MARKED “VEHICLE HISTORY”. INSIDE THIS BOX THE WORD “SALVAGE” WILL BE PRINTED.

 

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