Junk title - Porsche

ualgrizzualgrizz Member Posts: 2
edited October 2014 in Porsche
Hello Folks! I made a snafoo a couple of years ago. While living in Dubai I purchased a Porsche. The car is perfect in every way…runs like a top. Consequently, I decided to ship it back to the States. Finally got it here but find it easier for a terrorist to get in our country than to get a car here. I go to title the car in Colorado and after three rounds the DMV is ready to issue a title. Before doing so they run a title check and it comes up as a Texas "junk" car. Ouch. I am assuming it was caught in a flood at one time. It is obvious every thing was redone at one time. It's all pristine. Well Colorado says you can never register the car as road worthy. There has got to be a way to title and register the car. Each state has different rules. Anyone have experience with a dilemma like this.

Thanks, Grizz


  • brian125brian125 New York Member Posts: 5,243
    edited October 2014
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  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaMember Posts: 64,482
    edited October 2014
    Well unless you got some misinformation, or unless Colorado has some record of some illegal activity that we don't know about, or you have run afoul of some import law, you should be able to register the vehicle under a Salvage Title:


    However it pains me to inform you that a late model Porsche registered in Colorado under this approved method will have the words "Rebuilt from Salvage" actually stamped into the car's structure, rendering this type of vehicle virtually worthless. No Porsche buyer will touch it except for parts.

    So, hey, this would be okay if you wish to drive the car until it dies of old age, but if you are thinking of re-selling it, that is going to be very very difficult for you.

    You could also investigate the laws in Nevada, which (no offense intended) as a reputation for being more lenient in many matters requiring discretion. Even there, however, I feel certain you will be required to register under a Salvage title. This vehicle will never legally have a clean or "normal" title.
  • steverstever Guest Posts: 52,454
    edited October 2014
    Sounds like it may be an "unrebuildable" title, not a salvage title. If so, you may have to export it again or part it out, although some cryptic net posts talk about getting a relative in Kentucky or Maine to "wash" the tile for you.

    Getting insurance on it, even if it's a "normal" salvage title, is something else you'd need to check out.

    "Unrebuildable / Junk Title:

    An Unrebuildable Salvage title is assigned to a vehicle that has been declared a total loss resulting from Fire, Vandalism, Collision, Theft, Flood or other occurrence that CANNOT be repaired. Due to excessive damage it is saleable only as parts. The vehicle can never be re-titled or re-registered. These vehicles are often listed as "EXPORT ONLY" (link)
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaMember Posts: 64,482
    Aha! So it was "export only". It was never supposed to come back to this country.
  • steverstever Guest Posts: 52,454
    Junk, salvage, unrebuildable, who knows. Maybe @ualgrizz can tell us the exact language used on the Texas title, assuming Colorado DMV gave him some sort of paperwork.
  • ualgrizzualgrizz Member Posts: 2
    I never got to see the Texas title...was just told by Colorado DMV that is was classified as "junk". Thank you guys for the input. I'm trying to get a lawyer involved to check on it as well.
  • steverstever Guest Posts: 52,454
    edited October 2014
    If it was stolen and then given the "salvage" title, the VIN might show up on NICB. Otherwise, you may want to buy an AutoCheck or Carfax and see if anything helpful about the history shows up.
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