once a car becomes "totalled" that is to say that the damage done to the car costs more then what the car is worth, if you are to buy it back it will come with a salvage title... it is ILLEGAL to drive a car with a salvage title. i repeat you cannot legally drive a car with a salvage title. you will have to go to a tags place, get a form. in the form you have to put 4 pictures each side, front and back windows up of the car after the accident. then after you fix the car aka make it legal to drive. 4 more pictures of the car in the same position. mechanic will then have to inspect the car and take an inspection sticker cut it in half and put it in the form. (he also has to sign off on all 8 photos) in the form you also have to describe what you did to fix the car. show receipets for all parts purshased or they will re make you pay tax on them. after the form is filled out you take it back to the tags place and pay money from them to send it it. it can take over a month before you get it back and what you get back is a RECONSTRUCTED title this basically states that at one time was totalled and is now fixed. the only thing i think it will affect is the resell value of the car.