Did you try to get a free vehicle history
report, but you don't know what a certain title brand stands for, or what other designations meant?
If a vehicle were not reported or considered to be “written off” in a jurisdiction, the vehicle is considered “normal” or “clear” of any of title branding. A vehicle is considered a “written off” or “total loss” if the cost of repair exceeds the value of the vehicle.
A vehicle is labeled “Rebuilt” or given with a similar designation after being restored from a previous “Salvage” status.
A vehicle is given a “Salvage” or a similar designation if the projected cost of repairing it would be between 75 and 100% of its value. Depending on the jurisdiction, a prior inspection might be required before it can be driven.
Irreparable/Junk/Fire or Flood damaged
These titles are given to vehicles that can no longer be driven properly, although their parts can still be taken for other uses.
“Lemon” and other similar designations apply to vehicles that are proven to have a series of failed warranty repairs. If a car is identified as “lemon,” the manufacturer or dealer may either buy it back or replace it.
The designation prevents the VIN of a demolished vehicle from being reused again.
This designation is sometimes given to previously-stolen vehicles that were totally disassembled or wrecked by arson. This may also apply if the vehicle were vandalized.
Abandoned/Found On Road Dead
A vehicle may be considered “abandoned” if the latest owner relinquished his or her ownership of the vehicle, or was left on the road without any owners claiming.
These designations are indications that the vehicle has been used for government, public transportation, rental business and other commercial purposes.