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Salvage and Vehicle Title Branding
Many US states have laws that require vehicles that have suffered serious damage, where the cost to repair damage is more than the fair market value of the vehicle (or close to it), to have their titles branded using a term such as "Salvage", "Junk", "Total Loss", or "Véhicule gravement accidenté".
Once so branded, it is not usually possible to remove the brand from the vehicle's title - although if the vehicle is subsequently repaired, and then inspected as being safe, the brand may be changed to "Rebuilt", "Rebuilt Salvage", or "Prior Salvage".
The purpose of these brands is to warn consumers about potentially dangerous vehicles, to allow potential buyers of such vehicles to make an informed decision about whether to purchase. However, while this is a good system, it is far from perfect.
One problem is that the branding laws in different US states is different, and hence there is room for things to slip between the cracks. Additionally, since branding a title tends to reduce the resale value of a vehicle, unscrupulous sellers may look for ways to avoid branding their vehicle's title, or to get the brands removed.
Here are some of the ways that a vehicle that should be branded as "Salvage" or "Rebuilt Salvage" might not be:
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