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Copart 101

Before bidding on a Copart vehicle, it is important to understand the various words, terms and phrases that appear on our website that will help you become a more educated Copart buyer. Whether you're a veteran or a rookie at Copart, it is important to educate yourself on commonly misunderstood language.

Run and Drive

The term Run and Drive often causes the most confusion among Copart Members, so let's clear this up.

When a vehicle arrives at a Copart yard, Copart confirms that the vehicle starts, can be put into gear and can move forward under its own power. There is no guarantee that this will still be true by the time the vehicle is picked up on location. There is also no guarantee that the vehicle is in roadworthy condition, or can be legally driven upon the roadways of the state in which the vehicle resides.

The term Run and Drive was put in place to ensure that Copart Members understand the condition of the vehicle they are bidding on. Learning and understanding this term will help you become a smarter, more experienced Copart buyer.

Title Types

A Title Type signifies the ownership documents that will be transferred to the Buyer. There are a variety of different ownership documents that each state can issue a vehicle. Each individual document type conveys with it certain ownership rights and/or restrictions. Buyers should research the viability of each type of title document for their projected use of the lot prior to bidding. States maintain information on their website for this reason. Not all Copart Members are able to bid on all title types; some title types require explicit business licenses. Refer to our licensing page for more information.

It is always smart to keep in mind that the listed Title Type is only the current ownership document. They do not in any way represent or attempt to represent any prior history of the lot. To learn more about the history of any vehicle you are welcome to use vehicle history companies such as AutoCheck or EpicVIN.

Damage Types

Copart has numerous Damage Types, listed as codes, that are used to designate what damage the lot has sustained. There are Primary Damage codes as well as Secondary Damage codes. Both damage codes describe significant information about the damage of the lot and one code should not carry more importance than the other.

AO - All Over BC - Biohazardous/Chemical
BE - Burn - Engine BI - Burn - Interior
BN - Burn BI - Cash for Clunkers
DH - Damage History FD - Frame Damage Reported
FR - Front End HL - Hail
MC - Mechanical MN - Minor Dents/Scratches
NW - Normal Wear PR - Partial/Incomplete Repair
RJ - Rejected Repair RO - Rollover
RR - Rear End SD - Side
ST - Stripped TP - Top/Roof
UK - Unknown UN - Undercarriage
VI - Missing/Altered VIN VN - Vandalism
VP - Replaced VIN WA - Water/Flood

The damage codes only represent reported and/or known damage. Copart explicitly disclaims the accuracy of damage codes, as the information may not accurately represent the damage on any vehicle. Damage codes should not be relied on during the bidding process. Copart strongly recommends that Members thoroughly examine lots before bidding and purchasing.