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)

Hours for the ADOT ECD Glendale, Tempe, Scottsdale and Mesa offices have been changed to 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday. All inspection bays at these locations are closed on Friday. This change only affects the ADOT Enforcement and Compliance Vehicle Inspection bays for levels II and III inspections. For automated information, call 602.712.2340.

 

Bullhead City
1325 Alonas Way
Bullhead City, AZ 86442
928.704.4400 option 4
Casa Grande
240 W. Cottonwood Ln.
Casa Grande, AZ 85222
520.836.8551
Chinle
Hwy 191 Apache Complex
Chinle, AZ 86503
928.688.2741
Cottonwood
525 S. 12th St.
Cottonwood, AZ 86326
928.649.5664
Douglas
2836 E. Hwy 80
Douglas, AZ 85607
520.364.5011
Flagstaff
1851 S. Milton
Flagstaff, AZ 86001
928.779.7505
Glendale
16380 N. 59th Ave.
Glendale, AZ 85306
602.712.2431
Globe/Claypool
Hwy 60 #2443
Claypool, AZ 85532
928.473.3058
Holbrook
103 W. Hermosa Rd.
Holbrook, AZ 86025
928.524.5588
Kingman
Hwy 93 MP 67
Kingman, AZ 86402
928.565.3670
Mesa
4123 E. Valley Auto Dr.
Mesa, AZ 85206
480.632.8747 ext 50
Page
Hwy 89 MP 551
Page, AZ 86040
928.645.3269
Payson
122 E. Hwy 260
Payson, AZ 85541
928.474.2050
Prescott
1105 Commerce Dr.
Prescott, AZ 86305
928.777.5991
Safford
310 E. Main St.
Safford, AZ 85546
520.428.3319
Sanders
I-40 MP 340
Sanders, AZ 86512
928.688.4406
Scottsdale
7339 E. Paradise Ln.
Scottsdale, AZ 85260
480.778.1888 ext 40
Sierra Vista
5225 E. Charleston
Sierra Vista, AZ 85635
520.459.8631
St. George
Mile Post 1, I-15
St. George, UT, AZ 84771
435.673.3786
Teec Nos Pos
Mile Post 4652, US160
Teec Nos Pos, AZ 86514
928.656.3214
Tempe
2500 W. Broadway Rd.
Tempe, AZ 85282
602.712.2340
Tuba City
300 Edgewater Dr.
Tuba City, AZ 86045
928.779.7506
Tucson
3565 S. Broadmont Dr.
Tucson, AZ 85713
520.838.2706
Willcox
709 S. Haskell Ave.
Willcox, AZ 85643
520.384.4552
Window Rock
Mile Post 476, Hwy 264
Window Rock, AZ 86515
928.688.2741
Winslow
200 N. ADOT Ln.
Winslow, AZ 86047
928.688.2741
Yuma
2165 E. Gila Ridge Rd.
Yuma, AZ 85365
928.317.2026
928.317.2034