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    A salvage title is needed for all motor vehicles, motorcycles, recreational vehicles and semi-trailers that have sustained damage.

    Salvage Title

    If you wish to apply for a salvage title for your vehicle, you will need:

    Download the complete application package online.

    Send the completed application package to:

    Central Office Title Processing
    100 North Senate Avenue, Room N411
    Indianapolis, IN 46204

    For more information about applying for a salvage title, visit the website, or contact the IN BMV at (888) 692-6841.

    Rebuilt Vehicle Title

    If you've repaired your vehicle to the point where it can be operated on Indiana's highways, you may apply for a rebuilt vehicle title.

    To do this, you will need:

    • A completed Application for Certificate of Title (Form 44049).
    • Your Salvage Certificate of Title (with completed odometer statement if you are transferring ownership).
    • Proof of ownership/purchase for each major part used in restoration, or a completed Affidavit (Form 37964).
    • Proof of your Indiana residency.
    • Payment for the $15 fee.

    The Salvage Motor Vehicle Restoration - Rebuilt Vehicle packet includes all the above forms you need to fill out.

    Mail the completed packet to:

    Central Office Title Processing
    100 North Senate Avenue, Room N411
    Indianapolis, IN 46204

    For more information about applying for a salvage restoration title, visit the website, or contact the IN BMV at (888) 692-6841.

    Buyer Beware

    Auto fraud takes on many forms and methods, but one of the more common types is trying to hide or misrepresent the condition or history of a vehicle.

    Of course, this is illegal to do. Dealers and individuals are required to tell you before you buy if the vehicle has a "salvage" title or was in a serious accident. But, some will try to do so, anyway.

    So, it's up to you as the potential buyer to also be a good detective. You may want to start by doing a title or lien search on the vehicle.

    Also, check the vehicle over thoroughly. Many salvaged vehicles may look good, but have "hidden" problems like ineffective brakes, difficult handling and sloppy welding.

    It's a good idea to have a trusted mechanic inspect the vehicle for you. The extra cost now may save you many hours of frustration later. If the seller refuses to allow your mechanic to take a look at the vehicle, just walk away from the sale.

    If you have the slightest sense that the vehicle might have been in a flood, check for signs of water damage. Look under floor mats and in the trunk for dirt or mud. Check for dampness under the seats, in the trunk and under the hood. See if you can detect water stains anywhere.

    If you suspect that the vehicle may have been in a serious accident, take a close look at the paint. Make sure it matches evenly throughout the vehicle, including on the inside of the door frame. Check for even spacing between the hood, trunk and doors.

    Additional Information

    For more information about the rules and regulations concerning salvaged vehicles, visit the Indiana Vehicle Code.

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