Texas Salvage Title

An auto involved in an accident in the state of Texas becomes a salvage vehicle if the damage estimate is 100 percent of its value to completely repair or replace it. This will result in the issuance of a Texas Salvage Certificate for the vehicle. It becomes a salvage vehicle and can't be driven on the highways or have a valid license plate. If the vehicle is restored, it has to be inspected before a Rebuilt Title will be issued. A rebuilt vehicle with a TX Salvage Rebuilt Title can be driven on the highways.

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Apply for a Texas Salvage Vehicle Title

To apply for a Salvage Car Title in Texas, you'll need to go to your local TX Department of Motor Vehicles Tax Collector's office. To get you started, you'll need to bring your salvaged vehicle's TX certificate of title, the receipt of sale, and also have your driver's license handy. To walk you through the procedure, the TxDMV provides you with an extensive guide on titling salvaged vehicles. To access the guide, please go to ftp://ftp.dot.state.tx.us/pub/txdot-info/vtr/salnrmv.pdf.

Texas Rebuilt Salvage Title

A Rebuilt TX Salvage Title means the vehicle has been repaired or restored and is roadworthy. As an owner of the repaired salvaged vehicle, your vehicle will have to pass an inspection before applying for a TX Rebuilt Salvage Title. Once your automobile passes inspection, you will have to file an Application for Texas Certificate of Title (Form 130-U) with your local County Tax Assessor-Collector's office. The following forms also have to be completed and turned in with your Application for Title:

  • Evidence of Ownership
  • Rebuilt Affidavit (Form VTR-61)
  • Major Component Part Description
  • Owner information
  • Evidence of Inspection (Form MVT-9)
  • Odometer Disclosure Statement
  • Proof of insurance
  • Identification Certificate
  • Release of Liens (if applicable)

The process for titling salvaged vehicles is pretty extensive in TX, so a good suggestion would be to review their official salvaged vehicle guide.

Title an Abandoned Vehicle in Texas

An abandoned vehicle title in Texas can be claimed by anyone as long as the owner does not come forward to claim it. To claim an abandoned vehicle and title it, you'll need to contact your local Texas DMV with information on the vehicle, including the VIN. Request contact information regarding the owner or lien contact information from the DMV. If you can't reach anyone, then you must call the local police and have them impound the car.

They will investigate, and if the owner does not appear within a given time, the car will go to auction. That is when you have the opportunity to be the winning bidder, claim the vehicle, and take the paperwork obtained at the auction to file for a Texas vehicle title at your local TX DMV County Tax Assessor-Collector's office.