What is a Salvage Vehicle?

In Georgia, a salvage vehicle is any motor vehicle:

  • Damaged to the extent that its restoration to an operable condition would require the replacement of two or more component parts.
  • That an insurance company has paid a ‘total loss claim’ and the vehicle has not been repaired, regardless of the extent of damage or the number of major parts damaged.
  • Imported and was damaged in shipment and disclaimed by the manufacturer as a result of the damage:
    • Has never subject of a retail sale, and
    • Has never been issued a title.
  • Titled in another state and branded as “Total Loss,” “Salvage,” “Fire,” “Flood,” or “Water.”

Salvage vehicles cannot be operated legally on public roads in Georgia.