Title markings indicate whether a used vehicle has been damaged or could be potentially unsafe to drive; This information will usually be reflected in the title of the car. If the car has been significantly compromised in any way, it will be assigned a Brand Title.
No individual or private company can mark titles. Title marking is run by a state agency and is linked to the vehicle identification number (VIN). If you have questions about the title marks used in your state, we recommend that you contact your state department of motor vehicles.
Clear Title – When a title is issued to an owner without a specified lien
Rebuilt or Prior Salvage Title : A vehicle that has been substantially rebuilt may have a rebuilt title mark issued by an insurance company, auto body shop, collision center, or licensed rebuilder. A vehicle with a rebuilt title can normally be registered for highway use, but may have an inspection requirement to verify that it is roadworthy.
Salvage Title: When a vehicle suffers some type of loss, such as major damage, theft, or repair, the title can be designated as salvage title. Salvage title, junk title, rebuilt title, or certificate of destruction are almost always permanent marks on the title that cannot be removed.
Junk Title: A title that has been sold to a junkyard may incur a junk title designation if the vehicle is intended to be scrapped or separated. Salvage title, junk title, rebuilt title, or certificate of destruction are almost always permanent marks on the title that cannot be removed.
Consolidated Title – Obtaining a vehicle title when there is a serious deficiency in ownership documentation can sometimes be done using a secured title. The consolidated title will have a Bond stampfor a period of 3 to 5 years.
Rebuilt Title – A vehicle that has been substantially rebuilt may have a rebuilt title mark issued by an insurance company, auto body shop, collision center, or licensed rebuilder.
Certificate of Destruction – When an insurance company has paid a claim for a vehicle and has taken ownership of the insured, it has the option of processing the title as a certificate of destruction.
Parts-Only Title – A parts-only designation is usually found on a bill of sale or transfer form, not on a title. However, if a parts-only bill of sale is submitted for vehicle title processing, the title may be issued with a salvage mark or other cloud on the title.