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Frequently Asked Questions


Title Information

When you're in the market for a salvage vehicle, it's important to keep in mind that every state has its own set of regulations when it comes to vehicle titles. Before making a purchase, it's crucial to familiarize yourself with the laws and regulations specific to your state regarding titles that may not be "clean."

Vehicle title is determined from the legal status of the title, obtained from either a statement by the seller or from the actual title document. NOTE: Vehicle history records may exist in 3rd party databases (CarFax, etc.) or other external sources, which HAVE NOT altered the legal status of the vehicle title!

Clean Title

A clean title, also known as a clear title, is a title given to a vehicle that has no previous salvage notations. However, it's important to keep in mind that some vehicles with clean titles may have a salvage history. To ensure you have all the information you need when making a purchase, you can verify the history of a specific vehicle by visiting carfax.com or other similar sites.

Theft Title

This refers to a type of clean title for a vehicle that was previously stolen but has since been recovered. Typically, these types of titles will have a "theft" brand on them.

Rebuildable Salvage

A rebuildable, or repairable, salvage title is assigned to a vehicle that has been salvaged but can be repaired. The vehicle may be retitled and resold but will carry this notation. Many states have sub-categories of salvage such as fire, vandalism, collision, theft, or flood. These sub-categories help to provide more detailed information about the vehicle's history and any damage it may have sustained.

NY 907A

A New York 907A is an ownership form assigned by an insurance company to a vehicle that has been declared a total loss from fire, vandalism, collision, theft, or flood in New York State. However, it is important to note that most other states, including Pennsylvania, will not accept a New York 907A as proof of ownership. If you purchase a vehicle with a NY 907A, you must first schedule a salvage vehicle inspection in New York, instructions for which can be found on the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles website. Once you pass the inspection, you will be mailed a New York Salvage Certificate which you can use to complete the reconstructed title process in your state.

Damaged Title / Rebuilt Title

A general term for a rebuildable vehicle with salvage history. This can include vehicles that have been declared a total loss and have undergone repairs, and have received a rebuilt or reconstructed title.

Salvage Receipt

A term used by some states, such as Texas, to denote a salvage title. This is a document issued by a state agency or insurance company when a vehicle is declared a total loss, and it can be used to transfer ownership of the vehicle to another party.

Unrebuildable / Junk Title

This term denotes a vehicle that is not rebuildable and can only be used for parts or scrap. These vehicles are typically sold with a bill of sale, but it is up to the purchaser to determine the laws of their country or state regarding the use of these types of documents.

Bill of Sale

An Unrebuildable Salvage title is assigned to a vehicle that has been declared a total loss resulting from Fire, Vandalism, Collision, Theft, Flood or other occurrence that cannot be repaired. These vehicles are only fit for sale as parts, and they can never be re-titled or re-registered. These vehicles are often listed as "EXPORT ONLY."

Scrap Title

A variation of the unrebuildable salvage/junk title. The vehicle is useful only as parts or raw materials but some states and countries will accept these documents as proof of ownership. It is up to the individual to determine if they can use these types of documents.

Certificate of Destruction

A variation of the unrebuildable salvage / junk title. The vehicle is useful only as parts or raw materials, again the individual must determine if these types of documents are acceptable in their final destination or country.

It's important to keep in mind that the process of retitling a vehicle, regardless of the title type, can vary depending on where you live. It's crucial to check with your local DMV for information about how to do this before purchasing a vehicle. Please note that it is the responsibility of the purchaser or their agent to verify and comply with the specific laws and regulations in their state or country as bidgodrive cannot guarantee the accuracy of the information provided on its website.

Domestic Shipping Rates

At BidGoDrive, we understand the importance of efficient and cost-effective domestic shipping. That's why we work closely with transport companies to provide you with the most competitive rates. (Rates are based on current market conditions, type of vehicle, location, and severity of damage.)

BidGoDrive is not responsible for the accuracy of the prices. These prices have been provided by the affiliates of BidGoDrive as a service to you. Prices subject to change without notice!!

International Shipping

BidGoDrive can ship vehicles to any US port. It is the buyer’s responsibility to make all arrangements at the port, including payment for the driver. All paperwork will be sent with the vehicle as required by US Customs for export.

For pricing and shipping options to your specific port, please reach out to one of the recommended freight companies listed below


Marine Transport Logistics
Contact: Ami Janach
Email: All@mtlworld.com
Tel: +1 (201) 858 8600
Website: www.mtlworld.com

CFR Classic Worldwide
Tel: (310) 223-0474
Website: www.cfrclassic.com

NVS International
Contact: Anna
Tel: (908) 523-0266
Website: www.nvsinternational.com


We offer weekly sailings from ports in the USA to international ports worldwide.

Since many people only ship 1 vehicle from the USA, RoRo shipping is commonly used. Shipping vessels depart on a weekly basis from U.S. seaports. We offer several vehicle shipping methods and additional services, to meet all your auto shipping needs:


RoRo Shipping

RoRo vessels, also known as Roll-on/Roll-off ships, are designed specifically for transporting wheeled cargo, particularly motor vehicles and motorcycles. These ships are equipped with ramps that allow vehicles to be driven on and off the vessel, as opposed to lift-on/lift-off (LoLo) vessels, which use cranes to load and unload cargo. The term "Roll-on/Roll-off" refers to the method of loading and unloading the vehicles onto the ship.

Once loaded onto the RoRo vessel, each vehicle is secured in its designated location using appropriate tie-down methods to ensure safe transportation during transit. This includes utilizing restraints such as straps or chains to secure the wheels and suspension of the vehicle to prevent movement during transit.

RoRo shipping has several advantages over container shipping, one of which is the reliable departure and arrival dates. The shipping schedule for RoRo vessels is similar to an airline flight schedule. Additionally, RoRo shipping is the preferred method for new car manufacturers to transport their own vehicles. This is because not only do they have exact departure and arrival dates, but the vehicles are also protected against external elements as they are tied down below deck.


Exclusive Container Shipping

Exclusive container shipping is a popular option for shipping vehicles, particularly for those who wish to transport their personal belongings along with the vehicle. This method involves placing a single vehicle in an exclusive container, ensuring that it is not shared with any other vehicle. However, it is important to note that this method is typically more expensive than other options such as shared container or RoRo shipping.

For non-operational vehicles, shared and exclusive container methods are used as RoRo ships are only suitable for shipping running vehicles.


Open and Enclosed Auto Shipping

BidGoDrive, offers the convenience of transporting your vehicle to the port if you are unable to drive it yourself. By having one company handle both the transport and shipping, you will not have to deal with multiple agents. With a proven track record and experience, BidGoDrive has the practical know-how to handle all phases of car shipping, including transport to the port.

We offer two options for auto shipping: open and enclosed.

Open Auto Shipping is the most common and least expensive method of car shipping in the U.S. It is widely used for shipping vehicles like sedans and minivans and is often used by car manufacturers to reduce costs. It is a safe and cost-effective method.

Enclosed Auto Shipping, on the other hand, is used for shipping luxury, exotic, specialty, or vintage cars. The cost of this method is higher, but the risk factor is greatly reduced as the vehicle is not exposed to the elements. This method is ideal for those with a slightly higher budget, and the car will usually be shipped along with 2-3 other vehicles. A special ramp or lift-gate is used to load the cars into the transport truck, providing peace of mind for the customer.


Exporting a Salvage Car?

You just bought a salvage car from a U.S. dealership and want to sell it to a foreign buyer in Canada. You’re vaguely aware of a rule stating that exporting used vehicles out of the U.S. requires specific documentation. But this is just something you’re putting up on Craig’s List. And you just bought the car, so of course it’s not used—right?

This is where things get tricky. When it comes to U.S. export regulations, what is considered a used or salvage vehicle is broader than you might expect.

According to Customs and Border Protection (CBP), a used or salvage vehicle is defined as “any self-propelled vehicle the equitable or legal title to which has been transferred by a manufacturer, distributor, or dealer to an ultimate purchaser.”

What does this mean for you? It means that even if you haven’t driven the vehicle a single mile, the vehicle is considered used unless you are the original manufacturer selling it directly to a foreign buyer. And yes, there are indeed additional requirements for exporting used/salvage vehicles that don’t apply to exporting new vehicles.

Automated Export System

The Automated Export System (AES) is a system used by the U.S. government to collect data on exports. Exporters may be required to file their shipment information, called Electronic Export Information (EEI), through AES before sending out a shipment. This filing can be done through the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE), an online platform that allows exporters to transmit their EEI to AES.

U.S. citizens or residents with a Social Security Number are required to create an ACE account and provide an employer identification number (EIN) as part of the EEI filing process. These EINs can be obtained from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) website. Non-U.S. citizens, however, cannot create an ACE account and must instead authorize a U.S. agent to file on their behalf. They are also not required to apply for an EIN and must provide their passport number instead. Note that the EIN or passport number is used solely for identification purposes and has no tax implications.

When exporting a used vehicle, it is mandatory to file the EEI through AES at least 72 hours before the vehicle's departure, regardless of its destination, value, or condition.

Export Documentation Requirements

When exporting a used vehicle, it is important to provide proof of ownership in the form of a manufacturer’s statement of origin or a private individual’s certificate of title. The vehicle's vehicle identification number (VIN) or product identification number (PIN) must also be presented. Additionally, the internal transaction number (ITN) obtained from the AES filing must be presented to customs at the port of export at least 72 hours prior to departure.

Further Reading

It is important to note that this article serves as a basic introduction to the guidelines for exporting vehicles in the U.S. There may be exceptions and additional details to consider. For instance, it may be possible to authorize a freight forwarder or outside agent to file the EEI through AES on your behalf, eliminating the need for an ACE account. Additionally, there may be additional requirements and fees imposed by the customs authority in the country of import.

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