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Florida Rebuilt Title Laws
Rebuilt title in FL is issued to extensively damaged cars (salvage cars) that were restored to a roadworthy condition. Only such vehicles can be legally used on the roads or get insurance in Florida. Such vehicles get a stamp “the vehicle has been rebuilt or assembled from parts, or is a kit car, glider kit, replica, or flood vehicle” on their certificate of title. In addition, a decal stating that the vehicle has a rebuilt status will also be placed on a visible location on a vehicle. It is illegal to sell a repaired total loss vehicle without obtaining a salvage title first. In Florida, the vehicle title is required to attest your ownership and do any essential action to a vehicle, like selling or insuring. Under Florida rebuilt law, a salvage title is issued to damaged vehicles with estimated repair costs 80 percent of its market value immediately before the damage (while it’s 70 or 75 percent in most other states). As a consequence, a rebuilt title motor vehicle in Florida may have suffered more serious damage than in other states.
How To Register A Rebuilt Vehicle in Fl
Obtaining a rebuilt title in Florida is a must is you want to legally drive the vehicle. The process of titling a rebuilt vehicle is much like in other states:
- Salvage title or Certificate Of Destruction (to assert the ownership)
- Florida Title application form
- Pass a mandatory inspection at the DMV. The major purpose is to check the identity of the vehicle and the parts used and make sure it conforms to mechanical standards. Be ready to provide receipts for repair works and replacement parts used in the reconstruction.
- Pay all the necessary fees. The basic title fees are $77.25 for vehicles titled in Florida and $85.25 for those previously registered in another state or country $85.25
- If the you want to title a previously junk vehicle as a builder and your vehicle is a custom one or a street rod you will have to fill out a Statement or Builder where you affirm that “the vehicle will not be used for general daily transportation but will be maintained for occasional transportation, exhibitions, club activities, parades, tours, or other functions of public interest and similar uses” as this is required according to section 320.0863, Florida Statutes. Otherwise, you title application will be rejected. You will also have to list major parts used in repairs such as any fender, bumper, hood, rear quarter panel, cowl assembly, trunk lid, door, deck lid, floor pan, catalytic converter, airbag, engine, frame or transmission, as well as the VIN of the source vehicle. This applies to all rebuilt vehicles except for motorcycles.
Rebuilt Title Disclosure in Florida
Actually, it’s FL certificate of rebuilt title and the rebuilt status decal that serve to inform prospective buyers about the salvage history of a motor vehicle in Florida. Although it’s a third-degree felony in Florida to knowingly misrepresent the status of a vehicle to a prospective buyer, every year many buyers become victims to dishonest dealers to conceal the salvage history. In addition, it’s not enough to know that the vehicle has a rebuilt title – you want to find out WHY is was given a salvage title to estimate it’s real value.
That’s why you should always do VIN checks and get vehicle history reports before buying a Florida rebuilt title. Once the vehicle is totaled, its title becomes permanently branded. If a FL vehicle has a normal title and the VIN history checkshows a salvage or water damage history, you have probably run into a car selling scam.