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Mississippi VIN History: Check Instantly Any Used Vehicle

In a way, rebuilt (ex-salvage) vehicles may be safer than normal used vehicles in Mississippi. Let's look how that happens and what to watch for in the VIN check report.

Like in other states, damaged vehicles totaled by insurance companies often get a Salvage title and some of them then get back on the road with a Rebuilt title after being fixed, passing inspection and providing all the necessary documents. All the necessary paperwork and inspection details and procedures can be found at www.dps.ms.gov, they are very specific for each title or damage type. On this page we will dwell on a few points essential for a used car buyer in MS.

Pros of MS Rebuilt Vehicles: Not All Salvage Vehciles Can be Rebuilt

Some good news for those who consider a rebuilt car in MS.

It is a countrywide rule that repairable totaled vehicles first get a salvage title, which is not roadworthy, and then after being fixed and inspected by state DMV officers they become eligible for the roadworthy rebuilt title. Please note that the average estimated damage amount that totales a vehicles is about 75% of its current actual cashe value.

Concernig Mississippi in particular, the good news is that the amount of damage and repairs after which a Mississippi vehicle is still eligible for a roadworthy Rebuilt title is very limited: repair or replacement of 1 major part and 4 minor parts. In addition, these vehicles should be aged less than 10 years and have the value of 1,500 or more. This means that cars with the damage amount exceeding the named number of parts or severely worn ones due to age cannot get a roadworthy status again, at least in the state of Mississippi. One can infer that the damage amount should be far less than the said 75% of ACV, which means that MS rebult salvages are supposed to be safer, in a better condition and require less repair than vehicles restored in states with less strict requirements.

This, however, still leaves a chance to fix and register such a vehicle in another state. In this case, as the best outcome the registrant will obtain a rebuilt salvage title with a permanent brand. At the worst, a title washing scam may be applied and the vehicle may be resigtered in the state that disregards a previosuly attached brand or even be exported for the purpose of title washing.

What happens to MS vehicles that do not qualify for reconstruction and re-titling as rebuilt is often an open question the owner resolves by directly contacting the Mississippi Department of Revenue. Chances are that such vehicles are later moved to other states where they obtain a status fit for public roads. In any case, if the vehicle history shows that the car moved from MS after a damage incident that may be an indication that the damage amount was greater than MS requirements for a rebuildable vehicle.

Yet another good piece of news is that the Mississippi state has very distict requirements, procedures and documents for the inspection of vehicles totaled due to differents types of damage, like Flood, Hail. The branding pointing to a specific damage type (Flood, Hail) will also remain permanently so the potential buyer does not have to guess on what exactly totaled the car. Precise damage incidation on the title is not practiced in all the states, so that's another good point in favour of used MS vehicles. The damages include:

  • Flood.
  • Hail.
  • Fire.
  • Theft.
  • Wreck.
  • Vandalism.

However, even these restrictions do not safeguard a MS vehicle buyer from a clunker if the vehicle has a rebuilt status. The only purpose of the inspection run by Salvage Inspection Division officer is to verify that the components used in the process of repairs were legally purchased, do not belong to stolen vehicles and there are all the necessary papers as a proof of the origin of these parts. The VIN inspection and verification are done as well altogether with the serial numbers of the parts used (wnenever possible). This means that the buyer of a rebuilt car is unlikely to be caught for owing stolen parts, but that's about the only benefit. The inspection does not warrant the quality of repairs or proper function of the vehicle, including vital components like airbags.

What about Used Vehicles with Clean titles in Mississippi?

On the other hand, a new vehicle with the esmitated loss less than 70% of its ACV may have suffered a more severe damage that an older vehicle with one damaged major part. Or escaped assignment of a Salvage or another branded title title because the owner kept it rather than giving up to the insurer. For this reason, VIN history check for vehcles with a clean title may be even more critical as only the history may gove the information about the damage it was exposed to.

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