Can I drive a salvage vehicle home?

No. A salvage vehicle can NOT be driven legally on the roads until it is “reconstructed”. Typically, the vehicle needs to be towed to your designated location. Then the vehicle undergoes the “reconstruction” process as per your state’s guidelines. Finally, once the “reconstruction” process is complete, you can register and insure the vehicle to be driven on the roads.

What does Auction Verification: Runs & Drives, or Engine Start mean?

In certain cases, Insurance Auction personnel is able to verify a vehicle’s Engine Start capability and Run and Drive condition at the time of the vehicle check-in to the auction facility.

The verification is usually as follows:

upon arrival to the auction facility, the vehicle may be started with or without jump, booster box, wire splicing/bypassing, etc, the vehicle could be put into gear and pulled forward under its own power. The auction facility makes no guarantee, representation, or warranty that the vehicle is road worthy and will start with or without a jump, or move forward under its own power when it is picked up by the buyer from the auction facility or any time thereafter.

RideSafely.com does NOT perform these verifications and has no knowledge of how exactly the Insurance Auction personnel determined the Engine Start capability (e.g. booster box, wires spliced/bypassed, etc.), or of how well the engine runs and/or the vehicle drives. Read more