How do I obtain a salvage title in Ohio? Ohio

This is a complicated procedure, but here's the basic information.

OH Salvage Title Process

Begin my taking your current title to a BMV branch that handles title transactions, as you must apply to have your title switched to a salvage title. Bring acceptable identification, such as your driver's license or Ohio ID card, and payment for the $4 title fee. No bill of sale is required.

After you've been granted your salvage title, you still can't drive the car. To do that, you must apply for a rebuilt auto title.

OH Rebuilt Auto Title Process

This requires making an appointment with a Highway Patrol Inspection Station for an inspection, which costs $50. The inspection doesn't concern the safety of your vehicle; instead, it's to check out the ownership of the new parts, and review the paperwork.

Before setting the appointment, go to a deputy registrar's office, pick up an inspection form, and pay the inspection fee. Then, take the following to the inspection site: the inspection receipt, inspection form, salvage title, any receipts for new parts, and receipts showing any repair work you paid for.

If your car passes the inspection, bring the completed inspection form, salvage title, and acceptable personal identification to a title office to apply for your rebuilt auto title. This title allows the vehicle to be driven on public roads.

Learn More About OH Salvage/Rebuilt Auto Titles

Again, this is a complex process. For more complete information, either call the BMV at (614) 752-7500, or consult the BMV site (look under the title and registration section).

Vehicle History Report

Those in the market for used cars should consider purchasing a vehicle history report (VHR) before they plunk down any money for a particular auto.

As the name implies, these documents look at the vehicle history, including ownership records, title transfers, and accident history, among other matters.

Having a VHR can give you a better idea of what you'll be buying, and perhaps save you a lot of aggravation down the road.

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