With the economy still suffering, many Americans are looking for more affordable ways to buy their cars, trucks. Sport-utility vehicles. For this reason, the salvage vehicle sector has been experiencing growth in total sales. Of course, salvaged vehicles present potential problems to their owners, including safety, road-worthiness. Issues such as insurance coverage.
An insurance company adjuster will deem a vehicle to be totalled if the damages sustained in a collision amount to 75% or more of the vehicle's value prior to the accident. At this point, the car or truck is typically sold at auction in order to recoup as much of the investment losses as possible. The total vehicle may then be bought by a dealership or private buyer who must, of course, undertake significant repairs in order to make the vehicle road-worthy once again. The terminology varies somewhat from state to state. After an inspection by DMV authorities, the vehicle may be registered with a salvage title. Other, similar terms you may see to describe such titles are rebuilt, reconstructed, reconditioned.
Contrary to popular belief, insuring a car with a salvage title isn't necessarily difficult. Many people worry that their auto insurer will reject them for coverage since the vehicle had been totalled in the past. This is seldom true. However, there are a couple of key aspects to keep in mind when looking to insure a salvage-titled vehicle.
Firstly, your company may request to see a copy of the inspection certificate received either from the Department of Motor Vehicles or State Police –. Whiche authority inspects salvaged vehicles in your state. This shouldn't be a difficult document to get a hold of, as passing inspection is mandatory before the car or truck can be given a salvage title.
Additionally, you may only want to carry insurance insurance for a car or truck with a salvage or rebuilt title. Why's that? Salvage-title vehicles are typically valued at only 30 to 40% of an equivalent make and model vehicle which has a clean title. That means that full coverage or collision insurance may not be cost-effective, as it's illegally that your insurer will be willing to pay out very much for damage suffered by such a vehicle. This is especially true of vehicles 8-10 years old, which can be easily totalled when the cost of repairs exceeds the worth of the vehicle in question.