Vehicle title is determined from the legal status of the title, obtained from either a statement by the seller or from the actual title document. NOTE: Vehicle history records may exist in 3rd party databases (CarFax, etc.) or other external sources, which HAVE NOT altered the legal status of the vehicle title!
A clean title, or clear title, is assigned to a vehicle with no previous Salvage notations. Please note that some clean or clear titles may have a salvage history. To check the history of your vehicle please visit carfax.com
Theft or Bank Reposession
This is a variation of a clean title for a vehicle which was stolen but recovered or repossessed by the bank or finance company. Usually these types of titles will have some type of "theft" brand on the title.
A rebuildable, or repairable, salvage title is assigned to a vehicle that has been salvaged but can be repaired. The vehicle may be retitled and resold but will carry this notation. Many states have sub- classes of salvage such as: Fire, Vandalism, Collision, Theft or Flood.
A general term for a rebuildable vehicle with salvage history.
A salvage title is a form of vehicle title branding, which notes that the vehicle has been damaged and/or deemed a total loss by an insurance company that paid a claim on it. The criteria for determining when a salvage title is issued differ considerably by each state, province or territory.