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If a vehicle has been involved in an accident and declared to be a total loss by the owner or the insurance company, the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles will brand it with a salvage title. 

Generally, a salvage title car cannot be driven on public roads in South Carolina until it has been adequately repaired, inspected, rebranded as “rebuilt” or “revived”, registered, and insured. 

This page will cover the salvage title process in South Carolina, 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 South Carolina DMV office or visit the official DMV website:

What is a Salvage Title in South Carolina?

Like many other states, a salvage title in South Carolina 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. 

The SC DMV considers salvage vehicles to be ones that have repairs that exceed 75% of its value. 

South Carolina salvage title cars cannot be driven until they have been repaired and inspected. 

How to Get a Salvage Title Cleared in South Carolina

A Salvage Rebuilt title can be issued once the vehicle has been repaired and inspected. 

Once the repairs have been completed, you’ll need to contact the SC DMV to find a licensed inspection location. 

Be prepared to submit bills of sale and receipts for parts and labor used in the rebuild. 

Once the vehicle passes the salvage inspection, you’ll receive a Salvage Vehicle Inspection Report. 

Use this report, along with your salvage title and supporting documentation to apply for your rebuilt title at your local SC DMV office. Be prepared to submit the following:

  • Owner’s Rebuilder’s Affidavit (Form S-2)
  • The salvage title. 
  • An application for Title and Registration (Form 400). 
  • The completed inspection report. 
  • Payment for the $15 title fee. 

Register a Salvage Title Car in South Carolina

After you’ve been issued a rebuilt title, you’ll be eligible to register the vehicle again. 

Be sure to have an active car insurance policy for the vehicle first. 

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If you’re in the market to buy, sell, or register a salvage title vehicle in South Carolina, VINvaquero.com has the free resources you need to get back on the road. 

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