Your state’s Department of Motor Vehicles, or DMV, issues a vehicle’s title, which is an official document that demonstrates who owns the vehicle.

Titles can be branded, salvaged, or any number of other statuses. If a vehicle has a salvage or branded title, it has been written off as a total loss by the insurance company and is likely rebuilt or substantially repaired.

Titles marked “clean” indicate that the vehicle is free of any liens or encumbrances and in good working condition. It’s very likely that you have a lien on your title as a result of financing your vehicle, indicating that you still owe money on it but that you are the rightful owner. A vehicle with a “clear” title indicates that there are no outstanding financial debts or liabilities.


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