Salvage Brands on Titles
When an insurance company declares a vehicle a total loss, the insurance company can take the vehicle as settlement of a claim, or the vehicle may be left with the owner. In either case, you must submit the title to the SCDMV so it may receive the appropriate salvage brand.
Once a salvage brand is added to a vehicle’s title, it can never be removed, though the type of salvage brand may change. Salvage brands become a part of that vehicle’s title history and help to establish the fair market value of a vehicle. A salvage brand that is incorrectly added or omitted will affect the value of a vehicle and may cause the vehicle to be misrepresented to a consumer who wishes to buy the vehicle after it has been declared salvage.