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May 1, 2010
Californians Can Get Access To Vehicle Histories
Sacramento The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) announced today that its vehicle title history and brand information is now available to consumers through the National Motor Vehicle Title Information System (NMVTIS). The database greatly improves the tracking of vehicles across state lines for law enforcement and motor vehicle agencies. It also allows consumers to learn about the history of a vehicle prior to making a purchase.
DMV Director George Valverde said California is supportive of NMVTIS, and sees it as another valuable tool for consumer protection. "We are delighted that prospective purchasers of vehicles can now access title and brand information on the millions of updated vehicle records California provides to the NMVTIS database."
California is one of 31 states now participating in NMVTIS, which was established by federal law in 1992 as a major tool to combat rampant nationwide vehicle theft and fraud. According to statistics released earlier this year, 1.3 million vehicles are stolen in the 50 states each year, with losses to consumers totaling more than $8 billion. NMVTIS records are available at http://www.vehiclehistory.gov by providing a vehicle identification number and paying a nominal fee.
NMVTIS is operated on behalf of the U.S. Dept. of Justice by the American
Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA). Several entities
are required to regularly report information to NMVTIS, including: State
motor vehicle agencies; Insurance carriers (including some self-insuring
entities); and, auto recyclers and salvage yards.
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California Department of Motor Vehicles
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DMV is a department under the Business, Transportation and Housing Agency, which is under the direction of Secretary Dale E. Bonner. The DMV licenses drivers; maintains driving records; registers and tracks official ownership of vehicles and vessels; investigates auto and identity-related fraud; and licenses car dealers, driving schools, and traffic violator schools.
Car Allowance Rebate System - Cash for Clunkers.
The Cash For Clunkers Program ends Monday, August 24, 2009
What is the Car Allowance Rebate System?
President Obama signed into law a program the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is calling the Car Allowance Rebate System (CARS). This is a federal program that helps you purchase a new, more fuel efficient vehicle when you trade in a less fuel efficient vehicle. See the Frequently Asked Questions for more details.
While the CARS Act makes transactions on and after July 1 potentially eligible for credits under the CARS program, interested dealers and consumers may want to wait until all of the detailed issues that must be addressed in the implementing regulations are resolved and the final rule is issued. Issuance will occur around July 23. See Program Rollout
What is NHTSA doing to guard against fraud? Click here for more information.
Important Things to Know
* Your vehicle must be less than 25 years old on the trade-in date.
* Only purchase or lease of new vehicles qualify.
* Generally, trade-in vehicles must get 18 or less MPG (some very large
pickup trucks and cargo vans have different requirements).
* Trade-in vehicles must be registered and insured continuously for
the full year preceding the trade-in.
* You don't need a voucher, dealers will apply a credit at purchase.
* Program runs through November 1, 2009 or when the funds are exhausted,
whichever comes first.
* The vehicle that you are trading in is required to be destroyed. Therefore,
the value you negotiate with the dealer for your trade in is not likely
to exceed its scrap value. The law requires the dealer to disclose to
you and estimate of the scrap value of your trade-in vehicle.
The CAR Allowance Rebate System (CARS) is still operating.
Consumers can still take advantage of the government program and receive a $3,500 or $4,500 discount for their trade-in vehicle when purchasing or leasing a new vehicle.
What is the Car Allowance Rebate System?
The CAR Allowance Rebate System (CARS) is a $1 billion government program that helps consumers buy or lease a more environmentally-friendly vehicle from a participating dealer when they trade in a less fuel-efficient car or truck. The program is designed to energize the economy; boost auto sales and put safer, cleaner and more fuel-efficient vehicles on the nation's roadways.
Consumers will be able to take advantage of this program........ read more
New Laws for 2009
This listing does not contain all of the bills enacted in 2008 that made changes to the California Vehicle Code. Only those having a significant impact are referenced. For complete information on chaptered bills enacted in 2008, please refer to the legislative website at www.leginfo.ca.gov
Unless otherwise indicated, these new laws become effective on January 1, 2009 and are divided into the following categories:
New Laws Take Effect: Ignition Interlocks, Year of Manufacture License Plates - July 2009
Sacramento The Department of Motor Vehicles reminds motorists of two new laws which took effect July 1 in California: implementation of mandatory ignition interlock devices (IIDs), and a new law designed for vintage car collectors which would allow cars from 1963 to 1969 to reregister with black and yellow California plates. Governor Schwarzenegger signed both laws in 2008.
Following are capsule summaries:
Mandatory Ignition Interlocks. This new law requires Ignition Interlock Devices (IIDs) be installed on vehicles owned and operated by motorists convicted of driving on a suspended license due to a previous alcohol-related conviction.
There are an estimated 40,000 persons convicted annually of DUI-related offenses who then drive on suspended licenses; further, there were 1,489 people needlessly killed in an alcohol-involved collision during 2007 in California. This law is a major step toward reducing those numbers, said DMV Director George Valverde.
The DMV must notify the court if you fail to submit proof of installation of an IID within 30 days from date of notice. A person who is required and fails to install an IID is guilty of a misdemeanor and shall be punished by imprisonment in the county jail for not more than six months or by fine of not more than five thousand dollars ($5,000), or both.
Motorists who fall into the category of driving with a suspended license for a DUI-related conviction will be assessed a $40 administrative fee for verification of the IID installation.
Year of Manufacture license plates. This new law expands the Year of Manufacture license plate program to authorize the owner of a automobile, motorcycle or trailer that is a 1969 or older model year vehicle, or the owner of a commercial vehicle or pickup truck that is 1972 or older model year, to utilize Year of Manufacture license plates, and would increase the original application fee from $35 to $45. The $10 annual renewal fee, $20 plate retention fee, and $12 plate transfer fee remain the same.
The new law would require the inclusion of two active license plate series into the Year of Manufacture program:
* Black background with yellow characters issued 1963 - 1969;
* Blue background with yellow characters issued 1970 - 1990.
To qualify for use, plate configuration cannot have a current record
on DMV files. The year sticker displayed on the plates must coincide
with the year model of the vehicle being registered with the exception
of 1963 year model vehicles.
Black and gold plates without a year sticker can be used for 1963 vehicles as no validating year stickers were issued in 1963. Plates for 1964 through 1972 must be presented with a sticker that matches the year model of the vehicle the plates will be used on. For example, a 1966 Chevy Nomad Wagon will require that a set of black and yellow plates with a 1966 sticker issued by DMV in that year be presented for use.
The Consumer Motor Vehicle Recovery Corporation (CMVRC) is releasing an informational public awareness Notice to Consumers and a Consumer Recovery Fund Claim form (attached). The notice informs the public of recovery funds available for monetary losses suffered as a result of a California motor vehicle dealer or lessor-retailer that has gone out of business or has filed bankruptcy and has failed to do any of the following:
Transfer license, registration and/or titling fees to DMV,
Pay the agreed upon consignment amount after the sale of the vehicle,
Payoff the agreed upon amount for the trade-in vehicle upon purchase or lease of vehicle.
Consumers who suffered a monetary loss after July 1, 2008, and meet the qualifying criteria may submit a claim for payment to the Consumer Motor Vehicle Recovery Corporation. Applicants are required to complete the Consumer Recovery Fund Claim form and submit it with copies of the required supporting documents to:
Consumer Motor Vehicle Recovery Corporation
601 Van Ness Avenue Suite E749
San Francisco, CA 94102
A Spanish version of the claim form will be available soon
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