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How hard is that to get? My buddy found something at the local boneyard. '68 Corvair hardtop. lue, no rust, solid car. Runs. He thinks I can inflate the tires and drive it home. Problem... no title. $500. Its in line for the crusher but I called the owner and he said he will hold it for me. Can I get a title made for this? I'd hate to see this get crushed.
 

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nice! I have no idea about the title, I've heard its pretty easy to get one, at least here in TN. EIther way, sounds like a good deal though.
So whats the specs on it? 95 or 110 hp? Auto or manual?

Speaking of corvairs, tried to get the 65 out today, that didn't go so well. :drunk:
 

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I believe to get a title on a salvage vehicle you have to get admended to state "reconstructed" or "recovery theft" and have it reinspected.
I would be leary of a salvaged car. Why was it salvaged? Salvaged cars were usually written off for a reason. Car may look ok and have a tweaked frame or something you didn't notice at first glance. Hopefully it was just something like a stolen car.
 

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I thought stolen would be the worst case. No worries about a tweaked frame on a Vair. I even thought about cutting it up for the body parts I need for my 69, but that would be a shameful waste!!!
 

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Salvage Title depends on your state . You need to contact your DMV . Be sure to get a receipt from the junkyard . Some states may not allow cars in junkyards to be re-titled .. Most cars Ive heard of with salvage title are late model cars that were in accidents or stolen , & were paid off by the insurance company . Damage cost exceeds value of car or close to it , so they go to the salvage pool auction , were junkyards buy them . Some get rebuilt & retitled after inspection by state police, & title branded salvage .
 

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I was thinking "stolen" as in the car was stolen and recovered but written off by the insuance company as a total loss.
 

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I havent seen it yet, but I trust my friends judgement. A solid running 68 Vair with all the chrome and even hubcaps. I cant let this go to the crusher! Thats like letting them put down a good old dog at the pound. I'll go check it out this weekend. He said he would hold it for me. He told me he could have sold it many times, but not without a title.
 

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Good luck. I guess if I were to find a car I wanted in like condition I would probably snag it as well. Seems like if you found a Covair owner who needed parts you could easily part it out and make your money back if nothing else.
 

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salvage titles vary by state as to what it pertains to get them.
in VA there are 2 titles, Salvage, and Scrap.

A Salvage title is what insurance companies usually slap on a car that is totalled in one way shape or form (like my 87 Cutlass Salon, it was flood damaged, insurance did a total loss on it, slapped a salvage title on it, and sent it to junk yard). Salave titles can be reinstated for legal road use after the repairs have been made and inspected by an independant inspector. But the car will ALWAYs be branded as salvage on the title.

A Scrap title is that... scrap. You can not re register the car at all, i'm sure you could buy it and part it out, or use it for off-road purposes (read: drag racing) only.

As stated, check with your local DMV to find out your local rules and regulations

And as Ricky likes to say on here... Don't Crush `Em, Restore `Em
 

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after further review of this thread, it appears you said "does not have a title" well, in this instance you'd have to go to the DMV and get a title search, once they find the title, they have to make sure the junk yard(ehem, automotive recycling facility) has legal posession of the car. Then, if any lein's are left outstanding on the car, you gotta pay those.... THEN you can get the title, which might still be a salvage title.

I'm actually very surprised they have the car without the title, here in VA... thats a very big no-no (used to work at junk yard)
 

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Salvag titles can be had by contacting the DMV. However I would be leary about just throwing some air in the tires and riding it home. This does not sound like the safest option to me. :)
 

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I'm going to call the DMV today. I'm just waking up so it may take a short while.
Throwing some air in the tires and driving it onto the trailer is more my style.
 

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Here in Oregon (I'm no expert on this but we have bought several old cars without titles) you just file for lost title. If you haven't owned the car before, just take the bill of sale with you. I think it takes a little while and there are some fees (we generally register the vehicles at the same time so I couldn't tell you exactly the fees for around here). All in all, as long as you have the VIN and it comes up as not being stolen, you are in the clear.

We almost got a '69 Charger that way. It had been abandoned, there was no owner on record and had never been registered in this state even though it had Oregon plates. One day, after several years of thinking about it and then checking everything out to make sure it was legal, we went back to the lot to pick up the car (the owner of the lot didn't even know that several cars had been left on it) and it was gone. Oh well. It must not have been meant to be. It was in great shape too. All straight with all original interior and a 383 auto. Paint and interior were both fine (a little oxidation, but nothing big) and everything was a puke green color. Looked like it had been sitting for some time.

I digress. I think, at least in Oregon, what you are trying to do is fairly easy. Best of luck to you!

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In Arizona the salvage title and restored salvage titles make for some difficulty getting insurance.
I've owned several cars with salvaged titles, many of the larger cab companies buy wrecked police cars by the truckload, title them as salvage, repair them, and run them into the ground. They save a fortune this way, and since most large companies are self insured, they sidestep the problems associated with insuring them.


BTW, this thread has inspired me to experiment with issuing 'Salvage Titles' with my PIP customs as certificates of authenticity.
 

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i would grab that car now and worrie about title later. just get proof you bought it from him and get a recipt.
ps...make darn sure its got good brakes before you drive it on the road home :thumbsup:
 

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stupidsquirrels said:
In Arizona the salvage title and restored salvage titles make for some difficulty getting insurance.
I've owned several cars with salvaged titles, many of the larger cab companies buy wrecked police cars by the truckload, title them as salvage, repair them, and run them into the ground. They save a fortune this way, and since most large companies are self insured, they sidestep the problems associated with insuring them.


BTW, this thread has inspired me to experiment with issuing 'Salvage Titles' with my PIP customs as certificates of authenticity.
I need a couple for my '50 Beetles! One currently reside with VWOwner as the PIP was a YCITS. It look just like his comming out of the barn!
 

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I need a couple for my '50 Beetles! One currently reside with VWOwner as the PIP was a YCITS. It look just like his comming out of the barn!
PM me with the pertinent info, the salvage titles are still in the planning stages, but I'll be happy to do them for you once I figure them out.
 
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