California passes used truck sales history law

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Updated Aug 28, 2014

Used Truck Sales Law

California now has the nation’s first law requiring that used vehicle dealers post a warning on vehicles if flagged in a federal database as junk, salvage or flood-damaged. Effective July 1, state dealers must check the National Motor Vehicle Title Information System before offering vehicles, including heavy-duty trucks, for sale. The law, AB 1215, received widespread support and was signed in to law Sept. 26.

The U.S. Department of Justice maintains the NMVTIS and requires every insurer, salvage yard and state motor vehicle department to report updated title information every 30 days. If a NMVTIS report exists, dealers must provide the purchaser with a copy of the NMVTIS vehicle history report upon request prior to sale. They also must post a warning or disclosure near the vehicle’s Federal Trade Commission’s Buyer’s Guide.

RigDig partners with NMVTIS to integrate data from salvage yards, recyclers, insurance carriers and state titling agencies, but provides Truck History Reports exceeding that federal database. RigDig taps additional sources, such as the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, along with the RigDig Business Intelligence, which includes vehicle specifications and Equipment Data Associates, offering Uniform Commercial Code related liens and terminations.

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