What Is a Reconstructed Title?

A reconstructed title is a title that is labeled “reconstructed” and is issued for reconstructed cars. According to the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles, a reconstructed car is any car that has been altered from its original construction through the removal, addition or substitution of new or used essential parts.

According to the Oregon Department of Transportation, a reconstructed title is issued for a car that has a body that primarily resembles a particular year, make or model of a car that has been produced by an automobile manufacturer. A reconstructed vehicle is also a motor truck that has been rebuilt using a component kit that the manufacturer of the kit assigns a vehicle identification number and provides a Manufacturer’s Certificate of Origin for the kit. If a car is rebuilt by the manufacturer, it is not a reconstructed car.