Won't your local DMV have a copy of the salvage title? Won't it state the damage by running a VIN check?
Someone imported it as salvage, registered it in Canada as such and then just sat. I'm sure it was trailered here as mechanically it needed some work. The body shell shows no signs of damage(I've looked all around and inspected body line gaps). The only thing I can visually see is that the nose was dented and the undercarriage may have hit a curb as the pan protective cage was cut and removed but the rear most section remained on the cross brace. Other than that, the typical rotted floors.I would have thought the salvage issue would be resolved at the time of importation and titling in Canada. It does have a Canada title? Or was it just driven across the border and someone just left it with the US title?
Thank you for taking the time to search that. I appreciate it however I did see this previously. The issue is when I go to get the inspection done, they tell me I need the original insurance quote stating the repairs needed to submit to the MTO.☹I think this is what you need to know. Taken from Mandatory vehicle branding program – FAQ
Q9: Can I legally drive an "Irreparable" or "Salvage" vehicle on Ontario roads?
No. Vehicles branded as "Irreparable" can never be driven on Ontario roads. They can only be used for parts or scrap.
Vehicles branded as "Salvage" can't be driven on the road, but they can be towed for the purposes of repair or receiving a Safety Standards Certificate. If you want to drive a "Salvage" vehicle, it must be upgraded to "Rebuilt." This can only be done if it has passed a structural inspection and safety inspection to be registered for on-road use.
Q10: How can I change the brand on my vehicle from "Salvage" to "Rebuilt"?
To make sure your vehicle meets minimum safety standards, it must pass an inspection and be issued a Structural Inspection Certificate (SIC). You must submit the SIC and registration permit to a Ministry of Transportation licensing office. Once accepted and approved, the "Salvage" brand will be changed to "Rebuilt."
Once the "Rebuilt" brand is placed on the vehicle registration file, you must obtain a Safety Standards Certificate from any Motor Vehicle Inspection Station so the vehicle can be declared "fit." The vehicle may then be plated and legally operated (once it has been provided with a Drive Clean certificate, if required).
I agree and firmly believe the salvage title was because of the cost of parts/trim pieces. What a situation 😒 I'm determined to save her.If it was already registered before in Canada with the salvage title, then what is the issue now? Canada obviously cleared the salvage issue previously. But I'm not Canadian...but I did drink a Moosehead once...
In the US, most cars that are "totaled" or branded salvage are for minor damage that because of paint & bodywork costs and cost of OEM trim pieces far exceeds current market value. Often has nothing to do with structural or safety issues. Simply the car is not worth the cost to cosmetically repair.
Got it. This is a long shot - but maybe reach out to Copart. They're a nationwide seller of salvage/wrecked/stolen vehicles in the US. The car may have passed through one of their locations. When they auction vehicles off, they always show who the insurance company is.Thank you for taking the time to search that. I appreciate it however I did see this previously. The issue is when I go to get the inspection done, they tell me I need the original insurance quote stating the repairs needed to submit to the MTO.☹
Thank you so much for that tip! Greatly appreciate everyone's help🙏Got it. This is a long shot - but maybe reach out to Copart. They're a nationwide seller of salvage/wrecked/stolen vehicles in the US. The car may have passed through one of their locations. When they auction vehicles off, they always show who the insurance company is.
Ok great! Will contact the DMV in PA and see where that goes. Thank you!In the US, (it is my understanding) each state has it's own laws regarding motor vehicles and their registration. Here in Pennsylvania, a vehicle (and it's title) can be branded salvage if it is stolen and recovered even without any body or mechanical damage. If the car was titled in PA, perhaps contact PA and, for a few $$, perform a title search. This may help you. Here is the website: www.dmv.pa.gov I live nearby the PA capitol, Harrisburg, and the main DMV office. I am also a PA licensed Inspection Technician and thus able to verify VIN numbers, etc. and sign such documents. PM me if I can help. Might be moving to Canada, depending on what happens in Nov.