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Industry groups and foes unite on title washing

This crap should have been done years ago.

From Automotive News:

Industry groups and foes unite on title washing
Harry Stoffer
Automotive News
May 20, 2008 - 2:13 pm ET


WASHINGTON -- Automakers, auto dealers and some of their harshest critics are teaming up against improper reselling of rebuilt wrecks and flood cars.
In a joint letter today, industry and consumer groups asked the U.S.
Department of Justice to make a priority of long-delayed rules that they say would make title-washing more difficult. Title-washing is the practice of fixing a wreck or flood car from one state and reselling it with a clean title in another state.

The groups say regulations are needed to implement a national database of vehicle titling information, called for in a 1992 law. Congress passed the law mainly to deter vehicle theft.

The database would link state motor vehicle bureaus. It would include vehicle identification numbers of severely damaged cars and trucks, provided by insurers and salvage yards. The groups also ask that the data be made available electronically to consumers.

The letter to Attorney General Michael Mukasey was signed by the National Automobile Dealers Association, the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers and the Association of International Automobile Manufacturers. Other industry signers include individual automakers and groups that represent used-vehicle dealers, auto auctions and recyclers.

Also signing the letter were frequent industry critics, such as the Consumer Federation of America, Consumer Action, the National Consumers League, Consumers for Auto Reliability and Safety, and Public Citizen.

Three consumer groups, led by Public Citizen, filed suit in February to force the Transportation and Justice departments to comply with deadlines set by law in 1992 and 1996 to create the vehicle titling database.

Deepak Gupta, a lawyer for Public Citizen, told Automotive News today that the judge in the case has encouraged the parties to settle. But he said the judge plans to rule on the suit in August if no agreement is reached.

Ivette Rivera, NADA's executive director of legislative affairs, said NADA also seeks a federal law that would require insurers to disclose immediately when they declare a vehicle a total loss for any reason.
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