The 4 Steps to Removing a Salvaged Title on a Junk Car

Whether you have an old Ford truck handed down to you from previous generations, or a recently totaled sports coupe, it is likely that the title is now branded as salvaged. A salvaged title is one that is given to vehicle’s that have been recognized as a total loss by the owners’ insurance carrier. A total loss vehicle is one that costs more to repair than what it is actually worth.

If you have a vehicle that matches either of these descriptions, you might be considering your options. Most junk car owners choose to turn their loss into insurance, while many others sell theirs to a local junk car buyer. However, there are a select few who prefer to restore the vehicle and use it, or better yet, put it back on the market. If you are one of these lucky individuals, it is required by law to have the salvaged title rebranded.

Continue reading to learn the 4 steps you need to take to remove a salvaged title on your car.

Indianapolis Junk Car Buyers 317-608-2188
Indianapolis Junk Car Buyers 317-608-2188

Step ❶ – REPAIR

Your first step is to have the vehicle repaired back to a road-safe condition. Keep in mind, you will need to have the repairs done by an actual certified mechanic if you want the vehicle to pass inspection. You don’t have to repair the vehicle back to a fully-operational condition; it’s still road-safe if the stereo doesn’t work or the middle console doesn’t open up. But the all mechanical systems and safety features must be up-to-code if you want to ultimately remove the salvaged title.


You will need to visit your local DMV to obtain the proper documents to have your newly-repaired vehicle inspected. Most branches will require you to bring your bill of sale, the salvaged title, photos, and possibly other types of documentation pertaining to your asset. Once all paperwork and processes are complete, an inspection can be scheduled. Keep in mind that it is illegal to drive the vehicle to the inspection site, even though it is operational. Instead, you will need to have it towed.

Step ❸ – APPLY

Upon passing inspection by the DMV, you can proceed with apply for a re-branded car title. You will need to fill out more application forms at the branch, and even pay a few fees. Within 7 to 10 days, or depending on your county’s system, you will receive your new title in the mail with a statement branded on the front signifying that the title was rebuilt.

Indianapolis Junk Car Buyers

Call GC’s Junk Cars at 317-608-2188 to sell a junk car in Indianapolis, today! We have been buying junk cars throughout the Central Indiana area for several years. You will get the best price for your car because you are selling directly to the scrap yard! There is never a middle man, which means you walk away with more cash in your pocket. We buy all types of vehicles in all types of shape, running or not, and offer free towing and pick-up.

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