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Old 04-13-2010, 07:36 AM   #1
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Certificate of destruction

the airstream i just bought has a certificate of destruction from state farm insurance in florida, who sold it to a couple who sold it to me, with just a bill of sale. Florida deemed it unroad worthy, but everything works, it was flooded at a campground and the floor is rotted and needs replaced...not totaled by any means...I want to register it in north carolina, but it needs insurance to get a new title and no insurance company will insure it with this cert. of des., so its a catch 22 and i don't want to just park it...dreamed of driving it cross country...ooops! any suggestions??
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Old 04-13-2010, 07:51 AM   #2
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Am I correct in assuming this is a trailer, not a MH?
As I understand it, but double check, Your auto liability will cover you when towing the trailer so what you are putting at risk really is only what you have invested in the trailer if uninsured.
So far as getting a title, that could get interesting but seems like some kind of salvage title should be available. It sounds like the cost of repair simply exceeded the value of the trailer so it was considered a total'
Will be interesting to watch this develop
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Old 04-13-2010, 07:57 AM   #3
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thanks rick, it is a trailer...but its needs liability added on to car insurance to get tags...according to dmv in north carolina, and no insurer i called with give me that with a salvage title or cert of destruction...thus the catch 22
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Old 04-13-2010, 08:17 AM   #4
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Just a thought, but you might be able to get some info from body shops or some one who rebuilds wrecked vehicles . It is not uncommon for totalled vehicles to be rebuilt. Every thing varies from state to state, and probably from person to person when you talk to the DMV.

Good luck with it.
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As a last resort, you could have a friend in a more title friendly state register it and "sell" it back to you. Just an idea.
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If it considered a vehicle for the road, if is was in CT I am aware that if it is repaired and inspected and approved by DMV, it could be registered.
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I think all your answers may be here.
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You might also call the DMV and ask them what the procedure is to license a "home built" or trailer that was built from parts. Much like a home built hot rod made up of parts of several other vehicles. If the original trailer was "certified destroyed" then what you have is something that was rebuilt from parts.
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I haven't run into this yet here in NC, but in Florida (where the trailer's from) you can arrange to have the trailer inspected and certified roadworthy. That certificate is then submitted along with the new application for title. When the title comes back, you can then get insurance on the trailer for liability, and get it registered. It would mean an extra trip to the DMV office, but would get it legal and insured.
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thanks Terry, but could I get it inspected in NC or would I have to drive down to FL without tags to do it?
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gecko333,

I saw your pic's really interesting, looks like it has great potential.

I know slightly more than "0" concerning titling laws and how to's, that said, I just completed a "project" (not my A/S) that required a Title Company. I used Broadway Title, www.broadwaytitle.com 800-464-3222. It required a pretty fair amount of paperwork and patience, but it finally worked.

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thanks Terry, but could I get it inspected in NC or would I have to drive down to FL without tags to do it?
Maybe you could call the local tag office in Asheville. Surely yours isn't the first thing that's been totaled and rebuilt. I know I wouldn't want to tow an unregistered trailer several hundred miles.
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Old 04-19-2010, 08:20 PM   #14
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Another option, find someone parting out a similar AS and get the title and VIN plate...I think i like the 'rebuilt from other parts' making it a inspectable and registerable..
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