Iowa Salvage Titles

In the state of Iowa, a vehicle is deemed a total loss by an insurance company if repairing or rebuilding the vehicle is 50 percent or more of its value. As a result, an Iowa Salvage Title will be issued to the vehicle. Once it becomes a salvage vehicle, the vehicle can no longer be driven on the highways or have a valid license plate. If the vehicle is restored, it has to first pass a theft examination before a Rebuilt Title will be issued. A rebuilt vehicle with an Iowa prior Salvage Title can be driven on the highways.

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Iowa Salvage Titles

In the state of Iowa, a vehicle is deemed a total loss by an insurance company if repairing or rebuilding the vehicle is 50 percent or more of its value. As a result, an Iowa Salvage Title will be issued to the vehicle. Once it becomes a salvage vehicle, the vehicle can no longer be driven on the highways or have a valid license plate. If the vehicle is restored, it has to first pass a theft examination before a Rebuilt Title will be issued. A rebuilt vehicle with an Iowa prior Salvage Title can be driven on the highways.

To learn more about Iowa Salvage Titles, read below:

Applying for an Iowa Salvage Certificate of Title

After your insurance company deems your vehicle a total loss, an Iowa Salvage Certificate of Title will be issued. If you do have the car rebuilt and then proceed with the necessary process, you can then obtain a regular vehicle title that will be designated as prior salvage. You can apply at your local DOT office.

Iowa Salvage Title Application/Form

In order to get your title to your salvaged vehicle, you'll have to visit your local DOT County Treasurers office and complete an Application for Certificate of Salvage Title.

Iowa Salvage Rebuilt Titles

In the state of Iowa, only a licensed rebuilder can obtain a salvage vehicle. In other words, don't waste your time, money and efforts on fixing up the vehicle if you are not licensed. If you are a licensed rebuilder with the appropriate paperwork, you will be able to apply for a title that will reflect that the brand changed from salvage to rebuilt.

Once the salvage vehicle is repaired, you will have to have a theft examination to insure the new parts aren't stolen. Make sure to have an Affidavit of Salvage Vehicle Repairs to give to the official conducting the inspection. Once it passes the examination, you can apply for an Application of Title at your local DOT office. Along with this form, you will have to bring theft examination paperwork and the salvage title. When all the necessary steps are completed, you will pay a registration fee and then be issued a Prior Salvage Title.

Title an Abandoned Vehicle in Iowa

An Abandoned Vehicle Title in Iowa can be claimed by anyone as long as the owner does not come forward to claim it. To claim an abandoned vehicle and title it, you'll first have to contact the IA Department of Transportation and file a report. The DOT will give you a Transfer Ownership Form, and then contact the owner of the vehicle. If the owner does not respond, you will be contacted to complete the Transfer Ownership Form and the title will be issued to you. For more information, contact the IA DOT at, 515-237-3110.