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SALVAGE TITLES – ATV and MINIBIKE

When an insurance company acquires a salvage ATV or Minibike through payment of a total loss settlement due to damage, a Salvage branded Certificate of Title must be issued in the name of the insurance company.

In the event that a total loss settlement is paid and the ATV or Minibike does not meet the definition of salvage, an original Certificate of Title must be issued in the name of the insurance company.

If, after the insurance company has paid a total loss settlement, the owner (insured) of the damaged ATV or Minibike chooses to retain ownership, the insurance company must notify the Department of Motor Vehicles. The Department of Motor Vehicles will then enter the Salvage brand onto the computer record of the ATV or Minibike. The insurance company is also required to notify the insured of their responsibility to obtain a Salvage title within thirty (30) days after the settlement of the loss.

The salvage designation also applies if the owner of an ATV or Minibike voluntarily obtains a Salvage branded Certificate of Title, regardless of the damage, age or value of the ATV or Minibike.

A salvage ATV or Minibike:

  • is a late model ATV or Minibike that has been wrecked, damaged, or destroyed to the extent that the estimated total cost of repair to rebuild the ATV or Minibike and restore it to its condition immediately before it was damaged, meets or exceeds 75% of the retail value of the ATV or Minibike at the time it was damaged or voluntarily designated as Salvage by the owner; or,
  • has flood damage resulting from being submerged in water to the point that rising water has reached over the floorboard, has entered the passenger compartment, and has caused damage to any electrical, computerized, or mechanical components.
    • Flood damage specifically does not apply to a vehicle that an inspection, conducted by an insurance claim representative or a vehicle repairer, indicates:
      • has no electrical, computerized, or mechanical components damaged by water; or,
      • had one or more electrical, computerized, or mechanical components damaged by water and all such damaged components were repaired or replaced.

Late model ATV or Minibike is an ATV or Minibike that:

  • is 7 years old or less, as determined by the manufacturer's model year designation;
  • has a retail value of more than $2,000 until January 1, 2015, and
  • has a retail value of more than $2,000, increased by $250 every five years thereafter.

Cost of repairs :

The estimated or actual retail cost of parts needed to repair an ATV or Minibike, plus the cost of labor computed by using an hourly labor rate and time that are customary and reasonable. Retail cost of parts and labor rates may be based upon collision estimating manuals or electronic computer estimating systems customarily used in the insurance industry.

Retail value:

The actual cash value, fair market value, or retail value of an ATV or Minibike as:

  • set forth in a current edition of any nationally recognized compilation, including automated data bases, or;
  • determined according to a market survey of comparable ATV or Minibikes with respect to condition and equipment.

If an Out-of-State title is presented with a brand indicating damage, or any records readily accessible to the Department of Motor Vehicles indicates damage, the brand will be carried forward along with the name of the jurisdiction that issued the previous title, on the Nebraska Certificate of Title. This includes, but is not limited to , the following notations:

  • Damaged;
  • Flood;
  • Junked (in those states where this is not a death certificate);
  • Manufacturer Buyback;
  • Non-Highway Use (not eligible for registration);
  • Previously Salvaged;
  • Rebuilt;
  • Reconstructed;
  • Repaired;
  • Total Loss;
  • Any other language that would indicate damage.

Once an ATV or Minibike with a Salvage brand Certificate of Title has been repaired, a Vehicle Inspection must be performed and a Vehicle Inspection Certificate must accompany the application for title, before a new title can be issued. The new title is required to have the words “Previously Salvaged” branded on the face under the designation, Legends. All brands must be carried forward on any titles issued thereafter.

A Salvage brand Certificate of Title is obtained by submitting the Certificate of Title and a properly completed Application for Certificate of Title * to any designated County Official (refer to the County Officials Listing for contact information).

The fee for a Salvage branded Certificate of Title is $10.00. Please contact the designated County Official where the application for title is submitted for information regarding acceptable methods of payment.

For Motor Vehicles, refer to Salvage Titles - Motor Vehicles .

For Motorboats, refer to Salvage Motorboats.

(* Adobe Acrobat PDF document.)

Questions regarding Salvage and Previously Salvaged Certificates of Title for ATV and Minibike may be addressed to E-Mail or by contacting this office at (402) 471-3918.

 

This page last revised 7/18/2014.