, and the other person's insurance company wrote it off as a total loss. We settled, and I retained possession of the vehicle. It's fixed and good to go--except maybe the whole salvage title thing.
It needed three new wheels, two tires, and the rack and pinion replaced. I'm back on the road for less than $500, with some meaningless cosmetic damage that I doesn't need to be fixed.
I don't disagree with any part of the process--their estimate to fully restore it to the state before the crash, their comp process that led to determining the value of my van, and the settlement check all seem relatively on-target. But is there any way to contest or alter the "salvage" designation by the insurance?
It seems fundamentally inaccurate, given that the mechanical damage was so slight. Even their estimate of damage and costs consisted almost entirely of body work to get rid of some dents on the side and to replace a bumper that still functionally works as a bumper, but lost a plastic end cap.
I'm going to assume that this isn't the hill to die on (please make me pleasantly surprised!), so part II of the question: what do I do now that it's OK to drive again? I believe these are the steps here to get the salvage title
, after which I need to follow these steps
to get it back on the road again. Is that about right? Any comments on what the process is like that might be helpful?