DMV Brake and Lamp Certification


Santa Fe Garage Auto Service is Certified Lamp and Brake Inspection Licensed by the Department of Consumer Affairs’ Bureau of Automotive Repair. We can perform a DMV Certificate and do the repairs that your vehicle could need an order to get your Car or Truck Certificate

What is a Salvage Vehicle?

A salvage vehicle is one that has been wrecked or damaged, and the owner, insurance company, financial institution or leasing company considers it too expensive to repair. For example, in cases where the insurance company determines the vehicle a "total loss salvage", it pays the owner the pre-collision value of the vehicle and forwards the certificate of ownership, the license plates and a required fee to the DMV. The DMV then issues a salvage certificate for the vehicle. The vehicle may subsequently be repaired and re-registered with the DMV. It is then classified as a "revived salvage" or "salvaged" vehicle.
Why should consumers be cautious if they are considering buying a salvage vehicle?

  • A salvage vehicle may have been seriously wrecked or damaged.
  • Some salvage vehicles have been repaired with stolen parts, have poor quality parts, or have unsatisfactory repair work.
  • If the California Highway Patrol (CHP) or the DMV determines the vehicle or its parts have been stolen, the vehicle cannot be registered and the vehicle or parts will be seized.

How can you protect yourself?

  • Be aware. Sellers are legally required to disclose the vehicle's salvage title and history.
  • Research the vehicle's history via the Internet.
  • Check the vehicle's history with your insurance agent, who can get the information using the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN).
  • A vehicle being offered for sale with no or incomplete DMV paperwork should have its title reviewed.
  • Insist that the seller give you receipts for all repair parts at the time of sale.
  • Know the process for getting a salvage vehicle certified, inspected and registered

What are the indicators that a vehicle may be a "revived salvage" vehicle?

Signs of major repairs, in the following areas:

  • Fire wall.
  • Inner fender structures.
  • Under carpet in the trunk.
  • Vehicle Inspection Number (VIN) plate is attached with non-standard materials, rather than original rivets.
  • Safety restraint light is always on.
  • Airbag covers are resealed or improperly installed.
  • NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) labels, which usually appear on doors, inside hood, tailgate, or hatchback are missing.