Salvaged Vehicles in Georgia

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When you end up with a salvaged car, either you or your insurance company must apply for a salvage title with the Georgia Department of Revenue (DOR). After that, if you plan to keep or sell your vehicle—for purposes of driving it on GA roads—you must apply for a rebuilt title.

What Is a Salvaged Car in GA?

In Georgia, your car is considered a salvaged car if your:

  • Vehicle is damaged (sometimes referred to as “dismantled”) to the point that making it operable again will require replacing at least 2 component parts. Component parts include the:
    • Front clip assembly (including the hood, fender, and bumper).
    • Rear clip assembly (including the quarter panels, floor panel, and roof assembly).
    • Engine and transmission.
    • Frame.
    • Vehicle’s complete side (including the quarter panel, doors, and fenders).
  • Insurance company paid a total loss claim and the vehicle remains unrepaired.
  • Vehicle currently has an out-of-state title branded “salvage,” “total loss,” “flood,” “water,” or “fire.”

Note that you CANNOT legally operate a salvaged car on Georgia roads until:

  • You apply for a salvage title.
  • The vehicle has been rebuilt to an operable condition.
    • It must also pass an inspection—see “Vehicle Inspection” below for details.
  • You apply for a rebuilt title.

Scrapped or Demolished Vehicles

Typically, you can apply for a Georgia salvage title and even a rebuilt title if a vehicle is salvaged or dismantled.

However, scrapped or demolished vehicles (for example, those so destroyed it makes more sense to send them to the junkyard) generally get a title marked “Parts” and you can’t repair or legally operate those vehicles.

The process involves submitting:

  • Your properly assigned title.
  • Specific vehicle information including the:
    • Make, model, and year.
    • Vehicle identification number (VIN).
    • Title number.
  • The vehicle’s license plate.

For more information, refer to the state’s section on scrapped and demolished vehicles.

Apply for a GA Salvaged Title

If you are keeping your salvage car after a total loss settlement, application for a Georgia salvage title must be submitted within 30 days of the settlement. Your car insurance company is responsible for most of the application process; however, you must provide your insurance company with:

If your insurance company keeps the car, provide them with the original title properly assigned to the company.

Apply for a GA Rebuilt Title

To get your salvage vehicle back on Georgia roads, you will have to go through the rebuilding process.

The state generally only allows licensed rebuilders to apply for a rebuilt title. Contact the DOR for information on any exceptions.

Vehicle Inspection

The application process for a rebuilt title revolves around a car inspection. Your car must pass a rebuilt car inspection by an approved private inspector or a state inspector*. The licensed rebuilder is likely to take care of most of this process for you by submitting the following to an inspector:

  • A completed and signed:
  • Pictures of the salvaged vehicle before repairs.
  • Receipts for all parts used to repair the vehicle. Receipts must show:
    • The parts’ names and stock numbers.
    • The name of the owner or rebuilder who purchased the parts.
    • The vehicle identification number (VIN) of the vehicle(s) to which each part originally belonged.
      • The vehicle must have a title on file. If the parts came from another state, provide a letter of certification.
  • A copy of the rebuilder’s license, if applicable.
  • Payment to the private inspector for a $100 fee. A state inspection is free.

Once your vehicle passes inspection, submit to the DOR:

  • All of the above paperwork.
  • The inspector’s report.
  • Payment for the:
    • $100 state inspection fee (this is separate from the fee paid to the inspector itself).
    • $18 title fee.

Mail the above to:

DOR/Motor Vehicle Division
Attn: Salvage Unit
P. O. Box 740384
Atlanta, GA 30374

*NOTE: The Request for an Inspection of a Rebuilt Motor Vehicle (Form T-22R) offers the option to request an inspection directly from Georgia. This is a much longer process (by several weeks) but also saves you from paying the separate fee to a private inspector. Refer to the application and contact the DOR for more information.

Out-of-State Rebranded or Rebuilt Titles

If your out-of-state title is already marked as “Rebuilt” or “Restored” (i.e., the vehicle is no longer damaged), you STILL need to complete the application process for a rebuilt GA title but you DON’T have to provide:

  • Any pictures of the vehicle when it was in a damaged state.
  • The receipts for replacement parts.
  • The Labor and Parts Certification (Form T-129).

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