TxDMV Reminder about Hail Damaged Vehicle Titles
The Texas Department of Motor Vehicles observed an increase in insurance companies submitting applications for a Texas Salvage Vehicle Title for undamaged recovered stolen vehicles and vehicles damaged exclusively by hail. Texas law excludes undamaged recovered stolen vehicles and vehicles damaged exclusively by hail from the definition of a salvage vehicle; therefore, voluntary applications for these types of vehicles is not permitted.
On June 30, 2017, the department distributed a communication to insurance companies reinforcing existing legal requirements for Texas salvage title applications. Additionally, insurance companies were notified the department will begin a stringent effort to increase title examinations for improper Texas salvage title applications beginning September 1, 2017. No Texas Salvage Vehicle Title will be issued on or after September 11, 2017, for a vehicle that was damaged exclusively by hail or an undamaged recovered stolen vehicle.
As a result, an application for title for a rebuilt salvage vehicle is not acceptable if the application is supported by a Texas Salvage Vehicle Title issued on or after September 11, 2017, and a Rebuilt Vehicle Statement (VTR-61) indicating no repairs were required because the vehicle was a recovered stolen vehicle, or the vehicle was damaged exclusively by hail.
LINK: Rebuilt Salvage Applications for Hail Damaged and Recovered Stolen Vehicles