|Law||47 Okla. Stat. Ann. § 1111(C)(1)|
Oklahoma Total Loss Threshold
- As used in this section:
- “Loss” means the cost, in dollars, to repair or replace a vehicle which has been damaged by collision or other occurrence. The amount paid by an insurer to a holder of the certificate of title for repair of a damaged vehicle shall be prima facie evidence of the amount of the loss. The amount paid by an insurer to a holder of the certificate of title for replacement of a damaged vehicle less the resale value of the damaged vehicle shall be prima facie evidence of the amount of the loss;
- “Fair market value” means the value of a vehicle as listed in the current National Auto Dealers Association guidebook or other similar guidebook or the actual cash value, whichever is greater;
- “Resale value” means the amount, in dollars, paid to the holder of a certificate of title by a willing buyer for a vehicle damaged by collision or other occurrence or recovered from theft;
- “Total loss” means a loss which is equal to the fair market value of the vehicle immediately prior to the damage to or theft of the vehicle; and
- “Vehicle” means a vehicle, as defined in paragraph 29 of Section 1102 of this title manufactured within the last seven (7) model years.
- Any insurance company that pays a total loss on a claim for any vehicle including, but not limited to, a flood-damaged vehicle or recovered-theft vehicle, any junk dealer who receives a motor vehicle which is to be used for junk or for parts, or any other person permanently dismantling or junking a vehicle shall receive the certificate of title from the current holder of the certificate of title, shall detach the license plate from the vehicle, and shall return the license plate and the certificate of title to the Oklahoma Tax Commission or a motor license agent within thirty (30) days from receipt of the certificate. The Tax Commission shall cancel the certificate of title to the vehicle used for junk or parts and shall preserve the vehicle identification numbers on the certificate of title in the computer files for at least five (5) years. The Tax Commission shall transfer ownership of a stolen vehicle, not recovered from theft at the time of transfer, by salvage title to the insurer. The Tax Commission shall transfer ownership of a vehicle damaged by flooding or other occurrence to the insurer by an original title, salvage title, or junked title, as may be appropriate, based upon an estimate of the amount of loss submitted by the insurer. All license plates surrendered to the Tax Commission shall be destroyed.
- 1. If an insurance company pays a claim for a loss which is less than a total loss but the cost of repairing the vehicle for safe operation on the highway exceeds sixty percent (60%) of the fair market value of the vehicle, or if any vehicle not insured is damaged to the extent that the cost of repair for safe operation on the highway exceeds sixty percent (60%) of the fair market value of the vehicle, any holder of the certificate of title for the vehicle shall return the certificate of title to the Oklahoma Tax Commission or a motor license agent within thirty (30) days from receipt of payment for the loss.
- Upon receipt of the certificate, the Tax Commission or motor license agent shall issue a salvage title for the vehicle. The title for any vehicle damaged by flooding shall be stamped with the words “Flood Damaged”, and for any such vehicle which was recovered from a theft, the salvage title or rebuilt title shall be stamped with the words “Recovered Theft”. A licensed dealer subject to the provisions of the Automotive Dismantlers and Parts Recycler Act, Section 591.1 et seq. of this title, shall not be required to pay registration fees, excise taxes, back taxes, or penalties on a vehicle as a prerequisite to obtaining a salvage title.
- If the actual documented cost of repairing the vehicle for safe operation on the highway does not exceed sixty percent (60%) of the fair market value of the vehicle as defined in this section, the certificate of title shall be reissued to the holder and the vehicle shall not be subject to inspection as required under this section. The actual documented cost of repairing the vehicle pursuant to this paragraph shall be certified by the insurance company paying the loss.