Title Brands

A brand on a Title is additional information a customer needs to know before purchasing the vehicle. For example, if a customer wants to purchase a vehicle where the odometer has been replaced, or the vehicle was severely damaged in a fire before it was repaired, he/she has the right to that information.

 

Title brands fall into two main categories: primary and secondary. Primary brands include Salvage, Reconstructed, Theft, Owner Retained, and Prior Owner Retained. In addition to the primary brands, secondary brands must be attached as a defining characteristic to a Title to specify, as in the case of salvage vehicles, the occurrence that caused the vehicle to be declared a total loss. A maximum of five brands may be recorded on a Title, one primary (often called the Title Type) and four secondary brands.

 

Brand

Explanation

MILEAGE IN KILOMETERS

Indicates that the odometer reading is in kilometers and not miles.

REPAIRABLE

Indicates that the vehicle has been declared a Total Loss Salvage vehicle, but can be repaired. This brand requires a secondary brand of Fire, Vandalism, Collision, Theft, Flood, Salt, or Other.

PARTS ONLY

Indicates that the vehicle has been declared a total loss and can only be sold as parts due to excessive damage.  The vehicle can never be re-Titled or re-registered.  A Parts-Only Title does not require a secondary brand and is labeled with a junk status.

FIRE | PRIOR FIRE

A secondary salvage brand describing the occurrence which caused the vehicle to be declared a total loss.

VANDALISM | PRIOR VANDALISM

A secondary salvage brand describing the occurrence which caused the vehicle to be declared a total loss.

COLLISION | PRIOR COLLISION

A secondary salvage brand describing the occurrence which caused the vehicle to be declared a total loss.

THEFT | PRIOR THEFT

A secondary salvage brand describing the occurrence which caused the vehicle to be declared a total loss.

FLOOD | PRIOR FLOOD

A secondary salvage brand describing the occurrence which caused the vehicle to be declared a total loss.

FLOOD/SALT | PRIOR FLOOD/SALT

A secondary salvage brand describing the occurrence which caused the vehicle to be declared a total loss.

OTHER | PRIOR OTHER

A secondary salvage brand indicating that the occurrence that caused the vehicle to be declared a total loss was not fire, vandalism, collision, theft, flood, or salt.

CUSTOM VEHICLE 

Indicates a Custom Vehicle which is a motor vehicle for which the year of manufacture is after 1948, for which the model year is at least 25 years old and that has been altered from the manufacturer’s original design or has a body constructed, in whole or in part, from non-original materials.

REPLICA VEHICLE 

Indicates a Replica Vehicle which is a motor vehicle constructed or assembled by a non-manufacturer from new or used parts that, when assembled, replicates an earlier year, make and model vehicle.

SPECIALLY CONSTRUCTED VEHICLE

Indicates a Specially-Constructed Vehicle which is a motor vehicle reconstructed or assembled by a non-manufacturer from new or used parts, the exterior of which does not replicate or resemble any other manufactured vehicle.

STREET ROD 

Indicates a Street Rod which is a motor vehicle for which the year of manufacture is prior to 1949, and which has been altered from the manufacturer’s original design or has a body constructed from non-original materials.

ODOMETER MAY BE ALTERED

There is (or was) evidence that the odometer may have been tampered with.

ODOMETER REPLACED

The original odometer has been replaced with either a new or used one.

ODOMETER DISCREPANCY

The paperwork displays conflicting odometer information.

UNDISCLOSED LIEN

Attached to a Title when a customer brings an untitled vehicle into Massachusetts from out of state or from another country and the customer lacks sufficient proof that no liens (i.e. loans) exist against the vehicle.

MEMORANDUM  TITLE  

Indicates a Memorandum, non-negotiable Title. In Massachusetts, as in most other states, if a customer has a lien on his/her vehicle, the lienholder holds the Title until the lien is satisfied. In this case, if a customer applies to convert his/her out-of-state Registration to a Massachusetts Registration while the lienholder is holding the Title, Massachusetts will issue him/her a Memorandum Title, or a Title branded “Memorandum,” which is also mailed to the lienholder. Branding a Title Memorandum makes it a non-negotiable document, which means a customer will not be able to use it to sell the vehicle.

BONDED TITLE

The owner has been unable to provide sufficient proof of vehicle ownership to the Registry and has been required by the Title Division to bond the vehicle.  The bond must be equal to one and a half times the value of the vehicle.