No, you cannot insure a car with a salvage title in Washington. Salvage vehicles are cars that have been declared a total loss, meaning they’re too damaged to be worth repairing and cannot be driven legally. As a result, no legitimate car insurance company writes policies for them.
Although insurance companies in Washington won’t insure a car with a current salvage title, you can get coverage if you have the vehicle repaired and inspected by a state-certified mechanic. If it’s declared safe to drive, the DMV will issue the car a rebuilt title. Several insurance companies, including Allstate and Geico, sell policies to vehicles with a rebuilt title.
Keep in mind that some insurers will only sell liability insurance for rebuilt cars, meaning that they won’t pay for any physical damage to the vehicle. Even if you are able to get collision and comprehensive insurance, your policy may not cover the full value of the car if it’s totaled again.
You can get insurance on a car with a salvage title after the car is repaired, inspected and issued a rebuilt title. At that point, you will be able to get liability insurance with the rebuilt salvage car, though some insurance companies will be hesitant to provide full coverage for the vehicle. Even after repairs, insurance companies are still hesitant to cover a car for its full market value if it was given a salvage title. Some companies refuse to insure such vehicles at all.… read full answer
How to get insurance on a car after a salvage title
Get the car repaired and inspected.
Surrender your salvage title to the DMV and have it replaced with a rebuilt title.
Get the original repair estimate from when your car was totaled.
Get a certified mechanic’s statement verifying its safety, and photos from before and after repairs in order to get insurance quotes.
Shop around for coverage and get quotes from multiple insurers before purchasing a policy. Major insurance companies that cover repaired vehicles include Progressive and The Hartford.
Insurance companies that will insure cars after a salvage title
Finally, it's important to note that the amount of insurance you can get for a salvaged car varies from company to company. Often, insurance companies are willing to provide liability coverage - insurance that covers any damage that you cause with your car. Some companies also offer collision coverage for salvaged cars, though they might not cover the full value of the vehicle.
No, it is not worth buying a car with a salvage title because cars with salvage titles can be difficult to insure and are generally not eligible to be financed. A car that has a salvage title has previously been declared a total loss, so it may also require costly repairs before you can drive legally.… read full answer
Before a salvage-title car can be legally driven, it must be repaired fully and inspected by a certified mechanic. They will review the insurance adjuster’s appraisal report to understand what the original damage was and ensure that all repairs have been done in full. Then, a new title must be issued – a rebuilt title, signifying that the vehicle is safe to drive.
What to Know About Buying a Car with a Salvage Title
Cars with salvage titles tend to be very cheap to buy.
Salvage vehicles can be bought at auctions or from certain used car dealers.
It is unlikely you’ll be able to finance a salvage-titled vehicle.
Insurance companies are hesitant to insure salvage-title cars.
If the vehicle now has a rebuilt title, it has been repaired and can be driven legally in most states.
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