Over the years we have seen many vehicles that have been totaled by the insurance company and then bought back by their owners. Many don't realize that when you buy back your vehicle you must register it with DMV to get a "salvaged" title. Besides completing the necessary required paperwork you must also have State Brake and Lamp Inspections and sometimes a State Smog Inspection. The State Brake and Lamp Inspections are extremely detailed inspections. You may think that your vehicle is in tip top shape but many find out otherwise. Some even find out that to pass these inspections it is going to cost a lot of money. So my advice to you, if you are ever in the situation and must decide what to do, please have your vehicle inspected for the State Brake and Lamp certificates to see if there are any unseen problems and what the cost would be to have repaired. Some will be surprised that you may be money ahead to just let the insurance keep the vehicle.
The Auto Analyst, your local one stop auto repair facility, is a licensed State Brake and Lamp facility along with a State Smog Inspection Station. We can be reached at (530) 621-4591 or visit our website at www.theautoanalyst.com