Not sure were to post this sort of information but mods can move it to were ever they see fit.

I get this question alot, What is the difference between a Salvage title and a Rebuilt/Totaled title.

That and I used the search engine on the site and I could not find any threats about this.

So here you go!

Some quick information on what the difference is between Salvage title and Rebuilt/totaled title brands in the state of Washington and Oregon.



Salvage Title: Washington State.

Definition of a salvage vehicle from the Washington Department of Licensing
A salvage vehicle is any vehicle whose certificate of ownership (title) has been surrendered to the department due to the vehicle's destruction or declaration as a total loss and where there is documentation indicating the vehicle has been declared salvage or has been damaged to the extent that the registered or legal owner, an insurance company, or other person acting on behalf of the owner has determined the cost of parts and labor plus the salvage value has made it uneconomical to repair the vehicle.

Rebuilt/totaled Title (Same as Salvage title just a different name): Washington State.

These vehicles are inspected by the State Patrol.
The State Patrol performs physical inspections on vehicles that have been rebuilt after being destroyed or declared a total loss by an insurance company. They also will perform physical inspections as required on vehicles reported stolen, homemade vehicles, or other vehicles without a proper VIN, when there is a VIN discrepancy, when there is a record dispute, when ownership is in doubt, or other special cases.


Salvage Title: Oregon State.

A salvage title is required in the following situations (under ORS 819.010; 819.012 and 819.014):
Vehicles that have sustained damage not covered by an insurer and the estimated repair cost is equal to at least 80% of
the retail market value prior to the damage. “Retail market value” is defined as the amount shown in publications used by
financial institutions (e.g., banks and lenders) in this state.
Vehicles wrecked, disassembled, dismantled, substantially altered, or a vehicle sold under ORS 819.220 or other similar
Oregon county or city ordinance if the buyer intends to repair or rebuild the vehicle; use the frame or unibody to repair or
reconstruct another vehicle; or transfer the ownership of the vehicle to anyone except a licensed dismantler whose sole
purpose is to completely destroy the vehicle including the frame or unibody.

Rebuilt/Totaled Title: Oregon State.

A vehicle declared a total loss by the insurer obligated to cover the loss, or a vehicle the insurer takes possession of, or title to. This applies to both damaged and stolen vehicles.
A> A stolen vehicle, if not recovered within 30 days of the date of the theft, when an insurer does not cover the loss.
B> A vehicle that has sustained damage that is not covered by an insurer and the estimated cost to repair the vehicle is equal to at least 80 percent of the retail market value of the vehicle prior to the damage. “Retail market value” is determined by using publications relied upon by financial institutions doing business in Oregon.
The word “totaled” will appear on any Oregon title or salvage title issued for a vehicle that has been declared totaled. The word “totaled” will appear in addition to any other brand or designation such as “assembled,” “reconstructed,” or “replica.” However, it may appear alone on a salvage title.
The owner of the vehicle totaled due to damage must surrender the certificate of title to DMV within 30 days of the date the vehicle became totaled and apply for