Originally Posted by Xtremjeepn
If the title doesn't transfer to the insurance company it doesn't get rebranded as salvage. So the typical "buy back" the insurance company never ends up with the title. They just reduce your check by the amount of the buy back. Title never transfers, doesn't end up with a salvage mark on it.
Also, many states simply drop the salvage branding after a vehicle is a certain age. So I wouldn't bank too heavily on the system.
A thought: California is way more "Zig Hile" than Colorado ever thought about in this area, so I'd proceed very cautiously.
Chris's situation is so ironic. We dodge the eighteen wheelers, beemers with bitch on phone, etc., and some dipshit on a rusty old bike could've punched your ticket. Proof positive that a pebble at the wrong place and time can ruin your day.
I'd also insist that the insurance company pay for a fluid change(oil minimum) and a full diagnostic if she stays.
Good luck, Chris......