Consumer Blog: Car Dealer Issues

Federal Salvage Car Database

Tuesday, January 27th, 2009

The United States Department of Justice has published final rules for the federal salvage car database.  You can read the rules here -

http://www.federalregister.gov/OFRUpload/OFRData/2009-01835_PI.pdf 

Here is a summary of the basis for the rules:

The National Motor Vehicle Title Information System (NMVTIS) has been established pursuant to 49 U.S.C. 30502 and has the participation, or partial participation, of at least 36 states. The purpose of NMVTIS is to assist in efforts to prevent the introduction or reintroduction of stolen motor vehicles into interstate commerce, protect states and individual and commercial consumers from fraud, reduce the use of stolen vehicles for illicit purposes including fundraising for criminal enterprises, and provide consumer protection from unsafe vehicles. This rule implements the NMVTIS reporting requirements imposed on junk yards, salvage yards, and insurance carriers pursuant to 49 U.S.C. 30504(c). This rule also clarifies the process by which NMVTIS will be funded and clarifies the various responsibilities of the operator of NMVTIS, states, junk yards, salvage yards, and insurance carriers regarding NMVTIS.