Unfortunately, once a car is issued a rebuilt title, it will not be issued a clean title again. Even if the car is repaired by highly skilled mechanics, there will always be a chance that something may be left unfixed.
Which Title Is Worse, The Salvage or The Rebuilt?
In objective terms, we could say that the salvage title is the worst, since, after all, the car is in a state of total loss and to be able to use it requires a long process of repairs and paperwork.
However, the answer to this question is somewhat complicated, since it depends entirely on your situation, what you are looking for, and what you want the car for. If you’re looking to buy a car as cheaply as possible and have no problem taking care of (or paying for) repairs, then a salvage title is for you; on the contrary, the rebuilt is your best option.
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What do I need to consider if I want to buy a vehicle with a rebuilt title?
First, check the vehicle’s history through Carfax or a similar service to determine why it received a salvage title in the first place. In some states like Ohio, something as unlikely as abandoning a car is reason enough for it to receive a title.
Next, see if you can determine who did the repair work and the quality of their work. Look them up online and read other customer reviews, their Better Business Bureau report, and any complaints filed with the state’s consumer affairs office to see if they’re well-qualified and reputable.
How to request license plates for a car with a rebuilt and/or salvage title?
The process and documentation required to apply for plates for salvage and/or rebuilt cars differ from state to state, but generally, you will need proof of ownership, the salvage certificate, and certification that the vehicle has passed the inspection of the Department of Vehicles.
Any additional documents, which may include a registration application, invoices for the car parts you have purchased, as well as proof of repairs, can be verified on the website of the Department of State where you are located.