If a vehicle has been involved in an accident and declared to be a total loss by the owner or the insurance company, the Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicles will brand it with a salvage title.
Generally, a salvage title car cannot be driven on public roads in Nebraska until it has been adequately repaired, inspected, rebranded as “rebuilt” or “revived”, registered, and insured.
This page will cover the salvage title process in Nebraska, and provide you with tips on how to get a salvage vehicle back on the road.
For official information or questions about your specific situation, please contact your local Nebraska DMV office or visit the official DMV website:
What is a Salvage Title in Nebraska?
Like many other states, a salvage title in Nebraska means that the vehicle has been reported to the DMV to be a total loss, wrecked, or damaged to the point where it is no longer roadworthy.
In Nebraska, salvage vehicles are defined as late model vehicles that have been damaged to the point where the estimated cost to repair exceeds 75% of the current retail value.
If the owner plans to keep the wrecked vehicle, they’ll need to get a salvage certificate of title within 30 days of the insurance settlement.
Nebraska salvage title cars cannot be driven until they have been repaired and inspected.
How to Get a Salvage Title Cleared in Nebraska
In order to clear a salvage title and drive the vehicle on public roads again, you’ll need to make the necessary repairs, pass a vehicle inspection, and apply for a title branded with “Previously Salvaged.”
Vehicle Inspections are performed by the County Sheriff and cost $10.
Once your vehicle passes the inspection, you’ll receive a Vehicle Inspection Certificate.
Be prepared to provide proof of ownership with the Salvage Title, as well as any necessary receipts and Bills of Sales for major components used in the rebuild.
After passing the inspection, you can apply for a new title, by visiting your local county treasurer’s office with the following items:
- The Vehicle Inspection Certificate.
- The salvage title.
- An Application for Certificate of Title (https://dmv.nebraska.gov/sites/dmv.nebraska.gov/files/doc/dvr/forms/titleapp.pdf).
- Receipts and Bills of Sale supporting the parts used in the rebuild.
- Payment for the title fee.
THe newly issued title will include the words “Previously Salvaged.”
Register a Salvage Title Car in Nebraska
After the Previously Salvaged title has been issued, you’ll be able to register the car again.
To do so, you’ll need to submit the following to your local county DMV:
- Application for registration.
- Proof of ownership.
- Proof of a current car insurance policy.
- Payment for your registration taxes and fees.
- What is a Salvage Title?
- What is a Rebuilt Title?
- Salvage Title Insurance
- Buying a Car with a Salvage Title
If you’re in the market to buy, sell, or register a salvage title vehicle in Nebraska, VINvaquero.com has the free resources you need to get back on the road.
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