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Hot Rods Title issue

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by mjcat, Jun 24, 2015.

  1. mjcat
    Joined: Feb 27, 2014
    Posts: 85


    Hey guys, so I have a friend that stumbled across a real 32 5w. He hasn't purchased the car yet and is concerned about an issue with the title. He says that the car has a salvage title. He really wants the car because it's an original 5w but doesn't know if he should deal with the salvage title. What's everyone's thoughts? I don't have much experience with this and don't know what to tell him.
  2. uncle buck
    Joined: Feb 13, 2007
    Posts: 1,608

    uncle buck

    A salvage title is not going to hurt anything unless he plans on restoring it to a correct stock restoration. It will probably have a state issued vin number tag on it and as long as that matches he should be fine
  3. Dave Mc
    Joined: Mar 8, 2011
    Posts: 2,079

    Dave Mc

    How often will anyone see the title ? a lot can happen in 83 years.
  4. I would be more concerned about the cost then the title on a deuce 5 window.
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  5. If I had a chance to buy a '32 5wndw I wouldn't get too caught up in the title, salvage or whatever. As long as the title is legit in the state in question. There are other ways to get a title later. Tim
  6. redo32
    Joined: Jul 16, 2008
    Posts: 1,738


    First I've heard of a salvage title for a hot rod, unless it was totaled and the insurance company was required to sell it with a salvage title. As a hot rodder into '32's I would not be concerned as long as the numbers match. As a matter of fact my last 3 deuces had goofy numbers, but with patience and perseverance I got the numbers straightened out. Love the DMV experience!!
  7. Some states used to issue a salvage title if you bought the car in pieces. like chassis one place body another and drive train somewhere else.

    Calif is odd on titles so I can't be much help with what calif would do.
    Joined: Sep 13, 2009
    Posts: 50

    from INDIANA

    I would go for it
  9. dan31
    Joined: Jul 3, 2011
    Posts: 1,052


    Tell him to buy it now.
  10. woodiewagon46
    Joined: Mar 14, 2013
    Posts: 1,738

    from New York

    I know that in some states a salvage title makes the car unable to be licensed. I would never suggest something illegal, but there are places where you can purchase a title, buy the car!!!!! Most antique cars that I have purchased in the past didn't have paperwork and always got them registered. Again buy the car!!
  11. Jalopy Joker
    Joined: Sep 3, 2006
    Posts: 25,509

    Jalopy Joker

    salvage title will stay with car, even when it changes hands. your insurance company might not insure it. if totaled in a wreck might not get full value.
    Joined: Jan 13, 2004
    Posts: 2,757


    Something seems strange to me on this one , if its an original car why would it have a salvage title. Salvage titles are usually for wrecked -damaged cars that have been declared a total loss through an insurance company.In Iowa salvage cars are required to to be inspected by the State DOT. Original cars would not generally fit in this category.
  13. As long as the numbers match I don't see where he should have a problem any place. I talked to DMV in Ore about this & they said go to the state police for questions or problems as they cannot & do not deal with changing a title from salvage to standard.. I also talked to Grundy about insuring a salvage or rebuilt title & same answer . No problem as long as everything matches. If the car has a state issued number DO NOT remove it or you will be in deep shit,think felony here. I have not talked to the state police about changing a rebuilt or salvage title to a standard title as of today .I do plan to do so one of these days. I cannot vouch for other states but would suggest you talk to DMV or state police in your area.
  14. BigDogSS
    Joined: Jan 8, 2009
    Posts: 874

    from SoCal

    Salvage titles in CA are issued when a car is 1) Totaled by an insurance company and the car is bought back or 2) A car is sold to a junkyard and then that yard re-sales the car to an individual. No problem registering a salvage-titled car in CA. The car must be safety-inspected before the salvage title is issued. The state issues these "salvage" titles to protect the buyer from buying wrecked or rebuilt cars that are not advertised as such.
  15. fergusonic
    Joined: Nov 11, 2007
    Posts: 221

    from Kokomo, In

    If the Salvage Certificate (Title) is old; it may not be in Ca. Data base and, therefore, one could apply for a regular title.
  16. mjcat
    Joined: Feb 27, 2014
    Posts: 85


    Thanks for responses. Ya, I initially told him to buy it. It's not everyday we come across real bodies. I believe he said the insurance company declared it salvaged and the previous owner bought it back frm the insurance company. See if he buys it! Hopefully he does
  17. BigDogSS
    Joined: Jan 8, 2009
    Posts: 874

    from SoCal

    Even if it is out of the system, if you show up with a piece of paper (the title) and it has "SALVAGED" printed on it, the CA DMV will retain the title as salvaged.
  18. Mr48chev
    Joined: Dec 28, 2007
    Posts: 27,887


    I'd much rather have a title like that that can be verified as legit rather than one of the fabricated titles from the "we will sell you a title" outfits that sometimes don't survive close scrutiny by title inspectors.
  19. If the title is 'out of the system' meaning not registered for a number of years, Caifornia dumps the title. If it is currentaly registered with plates with tags it will remain salvaged. But if there is just a piece of paper that says title for said vehicle and is salvage. Call one of the private title companies, they will help you out.. I bought a 54 wagon with no title and for the price I didn't care. I got a card from Pomona Swap vendor. I called her and she ran the numbers and it came back clear,, I asked what did I owe, she said nothing. If I remember right, when the artist Weeizie (Wesner)'s roadster was in the wreck on Mooneye day, to get the roadster back so he could fix it, he had to take a salvaged title.
  20. dan c
    Joined: Jan 30, 2012
    Posts: 2,171

    dan c

    same thing in missouri.
  21. See above for California and insurance, if it was a buy back
  22. Use the salvage title as a bargaining lever and invest the time to straighten it out.

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