The rebuilt title is one of many titles that are assigned to vehicles whose value has decreased for various reasons, such as previous accidents, water, fire or other types of damage, theft, tampering with the odometer, essential wear and tear, specific types of use. But these vehicles are fit for the road. In most cases, the rebuilt mark is given to total loss vehicles (generally known as salvage , salvage title) that were repaired, re-inspected at a state-authorized inspection station to meet all structural and safety requirements, and finally recognized as roadworthy on public roads. The market value of these cars is lower than that of vehicles with unbranded ‘Rebuilt’ titles.
Please note that vehicle title marking procedures, definition, requirements, and specific terms pertaining to this title differ depending on state law. For example, NJ issues a regular title with the suffix “salvage” instead of “rebuilt” for rebuilt vehicles. Other terms used in place of the title “rebuilt” are “rebuilt” or “revived.” Having a “brand title” on an American vehicle once means that the vehicle’s title will never be clean again and Rebuilt / Rebuilt Salvage (or other, dependent on the state) will remain on the title forever. This protects vehicle buyers from overpaying for lower-quality, lower-value vehicles.
The Interstate Transfer Title Laundering Scam is one example of sellers attempting to conceal the vehicle brand and sell it at a higher price to unsuspecting buyers.
They re-register a vehicle in a state that does not recognize an out-of-state brand title, so the title is clean again and the only way to find out the previous damage and brand title is to study a vehicle history report .