Inspections and Salvage Vehicles
Yes. However, the seller must tell the buyer that they are purchasing a salvage vehicle. Make sure that when you do buy a salvage vehicle that you get to keep the proof of ownership of replacement component parts used in the repair or restoration.
Each receipt must include these items:
- Description of the vehicle from which the parts were removed, including vehicle identification number (VIN), year, make and model.
- Name, address and signature of the company or person who sold the part.
- Driver license number of the seller (if private party) or the tax identification number (if a company).
- Title Number for the Certificate of Title.
To help reduce auto theft, restored salvage vehicles require the more comprehensive Level III inspection conducted by peace officers. A Level III is necessary to verify all major component parts (front end assembly, engine, transmission, rear end assembly) and the vehicle is equipped for highway use.
Complete a title application, make an appointment to have a Level III inspection conducted, obtain an emissions compliance certificate (if applicable), surrender the salvage title with the application and pay a $4.00 title fee – plus registration fees (if applicable).