A total loss salvage motor vehicle is a motor vehicle:
- Which has been stolen and unrecovered, or
- Which has been wrecked, destroyed, or damaged by collision, fire, water, or other occurrence to such an extent that the owner or, if the vehicle was insured, the insurer considers uneconomical to repair
If a vehicle has been declared a total loss the owner or, if insured, the insurance company must apply for a Salvage Title.
Passenger vehicles ten (10) or more model years old at the date of the event which caused the vehicle to be declared a total loss are exempt from the Salvage Title process. These vehicles will carry a Reconstructed Prior Salvage brand.
A vehicle with a Salvage Repairable Title cannot be registered until the vehicle has passed the required Salvage Inspection. (See Salvage Inspection section)
Please note: Once a Salvage Title has been issued in Massachusetts or in any other state, the Salvage Title and Salvage Inspection process as stated in M.G.L. ch90D must be completed regardless of the age of the vehicle. The salvage classification is permanent and remains part of the vehicle history. A Salvage titled vehicle can never be issued a Clear title.
Detailed policies, information, and instructions on the Total Loss/Salvage Vehicle Process