What Is a Salvaged Car in UT?
In Utah, a salvaged car is one that is so damaged that the repair costs would exceed the vehicle’s fair market value (before the damage occurred) UNLESS the vehicle has a wholesale value of $2,000 or less
Here are a few reasons a Wheelchair Accessible Van would have a Salvage Title:
When a minivan is converted to a wheelchair accessible van, the lowered floor structure becomes part of the frame. This lowered floor frame structure also houses all of the wiring to the ramp components and wiring for rear of the van. Even though everything may look repaired there could still be structural or electrical issues in the future.
Like frame damage, if a wheelchair accessible minivan is flooded all of the wiring, ramp system and conversion controller (computer), not to mention the computer that makes the van itself run are all subjected to water in places water should not be!
If a vehicle was totaled due to structural rust, there are huge safety concerns in a wheelchair accessible minivan. this could mean welds could break and the structural integrity is not there anymore.
As you can imagine heat and wires don’t go together. As metal is a conductor of heat. Even an engine fire that gets hot enough could heat the lowered floor and melt wires.
and the list goes on…