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    A salvage vehicle has been so damaged by accident or act of nature that it would cost too much to repair it. An insurance company won't cover the cost of repairs if they do not declare the vehicle to be a salvaged vehicle. Contact your insurance company for their definition of what qualifies a vehicle as salvage.

    Salvaged Vehicles

    If your vehicle has been pretty beaten up, but can be repaired, you'll need to apply for a Salvage Certificate through your local county clerk's office.

    When the vehicle gets repaired, you'll need to have it inspected. Complete and submit a notarized Application for Motor Vehicle Identification Certification (Form RV-F1315401). This helps prevent auto-related theft in Tennessee. There are several things you'll need to submit along with the application:

    • Cause of damage
    • Identification of all parts, new or used, that were used during repair, including:
      • Proof of purchase
      • The year, make, and VIN of the vehicle used parts were taken from
      • The seller's name and address
      • A receipt signed by both you and the seller
    • "Before pictures" of each quadrant of the vehicle showing all damage before the repair
    • The outstanding Salvage Certificate

    The fee to convert a Salvage Certificate to a "Rebuilt" title is $75 for individuals and $85.50 for licensed dealers.

    Non-repairable Vehicles

    If your vehicle has been damaged beyond logical repair and it is less than 10 years old, you will need to submit an Application for Tennessee Salvage/Non-Repairable Certificate (Form RV-F1311801) and your certificate to:

    Tennessee Department of Revenue
    Special Investigations Division
    Anti-Theft Unit
    44 Vantage Way, Suite 160
    Nashville, TN 37243

    Protect Yourself

    If you're considering purchasing a vehicle, especially from an individual, you should check out the website for the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) or order a vehicle history report to find out if the vehicle has been seriously damaged.