Salvage Vehicles

A Salvage Vehicle does not include a vehicle that qualifies as a collector's item, horseless carriage, or street rod vehicle under article 12 of this title at the time of damage.
 
A salvage vehicle is a vehicle damaged by collision, fire, flood, accident, trespass, or other occurrence, excluding hail damage, to the extent that the cost of repairing the vehicle to a roadworthy condition and for legal operation on the highways exceeds the vehicle’s retail fair market value immediately prior to such damage, as determined by the person who owns the vehicle at the time of such occurrence or by the insurer or other person acting on behalf of such owner.  [See C.R.S. 42-6-102(17)(a)(I)]

Owners of Salvage Vehicles

  • The owner of a salvage motor vehicle may make an application for a salvage certificate of title before the sale or transfer of such motor vehicle. All subsequent purchasers or transferees of a salvage vehicle, other than transactions that are not subject to taxation pursuant to Colorado Revised Statute 39-26-104, must obtain a salvage certificate of title in the owner's name within 60 days from the date of purchase or transfer. Colorado Revised Statute 42-6-110 If an insurance company acquires a motor vehicle that has been defined as "salvage" in accordance with Colorado Revised Statute 42-6-102(17)(a) the insurance company must apply for a salvage certificate of title in accordance with Colorado Revised Statute 42-6-136(2), before transferring ownership of the vehicle. If the owner retains a motor vehicle upon settlement of a claim with an insurance company, and the vehicle has been defined as "salvage" in accordance with Colorado Revised Statute 42-6-102(17)(a), the owner must apply for a salvage certificate of title in their name. 
  • Salvage Vehicle Application
  • Titles for these vehicles shall be surrendered to DMV for the record to be marked salvage.
  • Vehicles Sold on a Bill of Sale as parts only can not be titled in Colorado. These vehicles may be used a source of parts to complete restoration of another vehicle.
 
This shall include disclosure of the type of damage (excluding hail) resulting in salvage.
"Rebuilt from salvage" indicates the motor vehicle is now roadworthy as defined in section Colorado Revised Statute 42-6-102(15).
Information: Research Colorado Revised Statute 42-6-102 and 42-6-136.