How to Get a Rebuilt Title in Colorado

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What is a salvage title in Colorado?

Colorado Salvage Title. An auto involved in an accident in the state of Colorado becomes a salvage vehicle if the damage estimate is 100 percent of its value to completely repair it, or replace it. This will result in the issuance of a Colorado salvage Certificate for the vehicle.


How do I sell a car with a salvage title in Colorado?

If you decide to sell the vehicle, you will need to fill out a Rebuilt from Salvage Disclosure Form (DR 2710) and give it to the new buyer, who will then take it to the motor vehicle office when they are transferring the title to their name.

Future crash safety considerations

Overall crash worthiness and built in safety margins might be compromised due to whatever happened to the vehicle which could have serious personal injury implications if you were to crash that car again.

How to get a rebuilt title in Colorado

Rebuilding a car isn’t a job for the faint of heart, and neither is rebuilding the title. In Colorado, there are several steps, forms, and fees that are all part of the process. These are all broken down below.

Apply for the salvage title 

If the vehicle doesn’t have a salvage title already, you’ll have to apply for one. You’ll need: 
  • A completed Salvage Title Application (DR-2410) 

  • The car’s original title, to be surrendered to the DMV

The forms should be filed at the DMV office in the county in which you live. Delivery of your salvage title can vary, with no determined timeframe.

Make the necessary repairs to your vehicle

After you’ve received the salvage title, you can get started on making the necessary repairs to the car. You can make these repairs yourself or you can take the car to a licensed mechanic. Whichever route you choose, be sure to keep all the documents incurred during the process, including invoices and receipts for major parts. You may be required to show these documents when you apply for a rebuilt title.You’ll also need to stamp “REBUILT FROM SALVAGE” in letters at least one-fourth inch in size into the vehicle. Refer to this form to see what location is required for each specific type of vehicle.

Apply for a rebuilt title

Once the car has been fully repaired, you can begin the process of applying for a rebuilt title. There are a number of steps involved, with no shortage of forms. The first step is applying for a Certificate of Title at the DMV office for the county in which you live. Make sure you’ve completed and collected the following documents:
  • The car’s salvage title 

  • Secure and verifiable identification (SVID)

  • Forms DR-2424 (Salvage Title Statement of Fact), DR-2704 (Certified VIN Inspection), and DR-2173 (Secure Motor Vehicle Bill of Sale)

    • DR-2173must be purchased via a dealer’s association

  • Receipts for all major parts used in repairs. The county may or may not require these, so it’s best to keep them handy just in case

Next, you’ll sign the statement on the Salvage Title which certifies that the vehicle is now roadworthy. Finally, you’ll need to have the vehicle inspected and certified by a P.O.S.T. certified inspector. The inspector will complete your DR-2704 and DR-2424. The inspector may also request to see the invoices and receipts for parts and services used to make the car driveable. The inspection fee is $50, payable by cash or check only.

How long does a rebuilt title take in Colorado?

There is no given timeline for how long it will take before you’re granted a rebuilt title. It depends on the efficiency of your local DMV and whether or not you followed all of the prescribed guidelines. MORE: Colorado car insurance laws

Colorado Salvage Title Eligibility Requirements

Prior to applying for a salvage certificate in Colorado, motorists may have to satisfy certain eligibility criteria. The mandatory requirements may vary based on the driver’s specific situation. Therefore, motorists are encouraged to check the eligibility criteria before beginning the application procedure.

For instance, vehicle owners who plan to apply for a salvage title certificate may have to first make an application for the appropriate title certificate before the transfer or sale date of the vehicle. Moreover, the subsequent purchasers or transferees of the salvage motor vehicle will be required to get the certificate within 60 days from the date of transfer or purchase.

Salvaged Car Titles in Colorado

First thing’s first: In order to get your salvaged car back on the road in Colorado, you’ll need to title it.

A salvage title in CO will allow you to sell your car without making any further repairs to it. If you’re buying a salvaged car, you will have to apply for your own salvage title in order to legally drive the vehicle.

You’ll have to get your CO salvage title in any of the following situations:

  • BEFORE selling a salvaged car, if you are the vehicle’s owner.
  • Within 60 days of purchasing a salvaged car/having it transferred to you.
  • AFTER your insurance company settles your claim, if you choose to keep it.

Selling a Salvage Car

If you’re selling your salvaged car, visit your local Colorado DMV office and:

The office should then issue your salvage title. Your next step will be registering your vehicle.

Buying a Salvage Car

You’ll need to do a few things after buying a salvaged car before titling it.

Salvage Car Inspections in Colorado

Vehicles that have salvage titles may be rebuilt in order to enable motorists to operate them again on public state roads. In such a situation, vehicle owners will be required to perform a salvage vehicle inspection procedure and a P.O.S.T. certified inspector will have to complete a certified vehicle identification number (VIN) inspection. The inspector will inspect some of the following items: lights, tires, wheels, mirrors, windshield and wipers, horsepower.

In addition, the instructor will also check whether all parts and seats are permanently attached, as well as whether there is no metal torn or jagged. However, the inspection procedure may vary based on the owner’s specific situation. Therefore, prior to inquiring about the CO salvage title application procedure, motorists are encouraged to find out more information about the inspection.

How I can discover the full history of a cars title?

It is difficult. There’s a history behind why it’s difficult.

Congress enacted a statute requiring the federal government to implement the National Motor Vehicle Title Information System (NMVTIS), a single database that would provide public access to vehicle-history information gathered from states, insurance companies, and junk and salvage yards.  Before purchasing a potentially dangerous used car, a consumer using the database would be able to instantly check the validity of the vehicle’s title, verify its mileage, and learn whether it had been stolen or deemed a junk or salvage vehicle.  Congress viewed the database as an important solution to the problems of auto theft, auto fraud, and the dangers associated with unsafe and unreliable vehicles, and set a deadline of January 31, 1997, for establishment of the system.

The deadline passed without a database. During that time, countless people unwittingly purchased rebuilt or stolen vehicles. Then together Public Citizen, Consumers for Auto Reliability and Safety, and Consumer Action brought a lawsuit against the DOJ arguing that the agency’s unlawful delay in implementing the database since 1997 was putting consumers at risk. After a 16-year wait, in an emphatic victory for consumers, on September 22, 2008, Judge Marilyn Hall Patel of the Northern District of California ordered the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to make this information available to consumers by the end of January 2009.

In a press release, Public Citizen said that when Congress passed a law in 1992 calling for the database, no one expected it to take this long to deliver such critical information to consumers.

Finally in 2012, the U.S. Department of Justice published the National Motor Vehicle Title Information System (NMVTIS) online at . You must purchase an report from a data provider. Please note: Consumers cannot receive NMVTIS Vehicle History Reports from Carfax, CVR, DMVDesk, or Experian. These entities provide information only to car dealerships. What’s included in the official NMVTIS report is here: .

Regardless of these efforts to provide the public with quality information resources, there is no substitute to a physical inspection by a real person, BEFORE any used car is purchased.