Salvage & Restored Salvage Title Brands

Salvage & Restored Salvage Title Brands

What does “Salvage” mean?

Sometimes cars that have been stripped, damaged in an accident, or flooded are determined to be salvageable. It depends on whether your insurance company considers it more cost effective to repair the car, or call it a total loss and send it to the wrecking yard. If it goes with the latter, the Motor Vehicle Division will brand the vehicle’s title as salvage, deeming it unfit for operation on the road. The salvage brand remains on the vehicle’s record and cannot be removed, except if the salvage vehicle is restored, crushed, or dismantled, in which case the brand may change.

What does “Restored Salvage” mean?

You can choose to restore the salvage vehicle to make it ready for the road, but it will be the MVD that has the final say. Once you have completed the necessary repairs, your salvage vehicle must be inspected to verify that it is fit for operation on the road.

You will need to make an appointment at one of several MVD inspection facilities to do so. When you go, bring proof of ownership (likely the title), your driver license, $50 to cover the level III inspection fee, and the receipts for the work and parts you have put into restoring the vehicle.

After your car passes the inspection, it can be issued a new title, branded with the term Restored Salvage. This will alert all future owners that it was rebuilt after being severely damaged. The restored salvage brand remains on the vehicle’s record and cannot be removed, except if the vehicle is crushed, dismantled, or becomes salvage again, in which case the brand may change.

Buying a Restored Salvage Vehicle

There is risk involved in buying a restored salvage vehicle. While many of the parts may be new, there will be some that are not, and even trained mechanics cannot always gauge the life expectancy of a vehicle. Further, the vehicle will be difficult to resell if you ever choose to. Very few, if any, dealers will take it as a trade-in.

It is for these reasons that the state of Arizona mandates that sellers must disclose that a car has held a salvage title before they sell it to a buyer.

ADOT Inspection Locations (Levels II/III)

All Level II and Level III vehicle inspections will be performed by appointment only. To schedule an online appointment go to for the date, time and location most convenient for you

Bullhead City(link is external) /Mohave County
1325 Alonas Way
Bullhead City, AZ 86442
928.704.4400 option 4
Chinle(link is external) / Apache County
Hwy 191 Apache Complex
Chinle, AZ 86503
Claypool(link is external) / Gila County
4335 U.S.HWY 60
Claypool, AZ 85532 sends e-mail)
Cottonwood(link is external) / Yavapai County
525 S. 12th St.
Cottonwood, AZ 86326
Douglas(link is external) / Cochise County
2065 N. US Hwy 191
Douglas, AZ 85607
Ehrenberg(link is external) / La Paz County
I-10 East MP 3.5
Ehrenberg, AZ 85334
Flagstaff(link is external) / Coconino County
1959 S. Woodlands Village Blvd.
Flagstaff, AZ 86001
Glendale(link is external) / Maricopa County
16380 N. 59th Ave.
Glendale, AZ 85306
Holbrook(link is external)/ Navajo County
2108 Navajo Blvd
Holbrook, AZ 86025
Lake Havasu(link is external) / Mohave County
2081 Spawr Circle
Lake Havasu, AZ 86404
928.565.3670 or
Kingman(link is external) / Mohave County
Hwy 93 MP 67
Kingman, AZ 86402
Mesa(link is external) / Maricopa County
4123 E. Valley Auto Dr.
Mesa, AZ 85206
Nogales(link is external) / Santa Cruz County
220 N. Mariposa Rd.
Nogales, AZ 85621
Page(link is external) / Coconino County
Hwy 89 MP 551
Page, AZ 86040
Parker(link is external) / La Paz County
310 S. California Ave
Parker, AZ 85344
Payson(link is external) / Gila County
122 E. Hwy 260
Payson, AZ 85541 sends e-mail)
Phoenix (link is external)/ Maricopa County
4010 S. 43rd Place Suite 6
Phoenix, AZ., 85040
602.712.2340 sends e-mail)
Prescott(link is external) / Yavapai County
1105 Commerce Dr.
Prescott, AZ 86305
Safford(link is external) / Graham County
310 E. Main St.
Safford, AZ 85546
San Luis(link is external) / Yuma County
San Luis Port of Entry
1127 S. County Ave E
San Luis, AZ 85349
Sanders(link is external) / Apache County
I-40 MP 340
Sanders, AZ 86512
Scottsdale(link is external) / Maricopa County
7339 E. Paradise Ln.
Scottsdale, AZ 85260
Show Low(link is external) / Navajo County
200 W McNeil .
Show Low, AZ 85901
Sierra Vista(link is external) / Cochise County
5224 E. Charleston Rd.
Sierra Vista, AZ 85635
St. George(link is external) / Mohave County
Mile Post 1, I-15
St. George, UT, AZ 84771
Teec Nos Pos(link is external) / Apache County
Mile Post 465, US 160
Teec Nos Pos, AZ 86514
Tucson(link is external) / Pima County
3565 S. Broadmont Dr.
Tucson, AZ 85713
Willcox(link is external) / Cochise County
709 S. Haskell Ave.
Willcox, AZ 85643
Window Rock(link is external) / Apache County
Mile Post 476, Hwy 264
Window Rock, AZ 86515
Winslow(link is external) / Navajo County
200 N. ADOT Ln.
Winslow, AZ 86047