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Calif. Lawmaker Introduces Vehicle History Bill

April 10, 2012

SAN DIEGO — Sen. Juan Vargas (D-San Diego)  introduced legislation on Monday to fix a new law that will require dealers to provide consumers with vehicle history reports starting on July 1.

Senate Bill 990 aims to change the requirements under legislation passed last year, which requires that dealers provide a government report, known as the National Motor Vehicle Titling Information System, to consumers who purchased a used car.

Citing a study conducted by auto industry experts, Vargas said the NMVTIS doesn’t track detailed vehicle history events, such as air bag deployment, open recalls and structural or frame damage.  His legislation will allow dealers to source vehicle history reports from companies like Carfax.

“My legislation is an important fix to better ensure that Californians have the opportunity to receive the best and most accurate information possible when purchasing a used vehicle,” said Senator Juan Vargas. “For many working families, their car is their lifeline and it is essential that they are confident that it is safe and free of damage. SB 990 will simply provide Californians with an option to obtain more information about a car’s vehicle history before making a purchase.”

The law that takes effect July 1 will discourage the use of commercially available vehicle history reports and create an opportunity for widespread fraud in California, Vargas added.

More than 9,000 state titling agencies, insurance carriers and auto recyclers or junkyards are required to report to the NMVTIS, which was created in 1992 and is administered by the U.S. Department of Justice.



  1. 1. Jim Dirks [ April 10, 2012 @ 01:40PM ]

    The problem with companies like CARFAX, is that they ONLY know, what someone else tells them. For ex, I wreck my car by hitting a tree. Mechanically it is still sound, but body damage would total it. Instead of calling my insurance company, I search nationally for body parts, the same color as my car. After 3 months, I find them and a buddy who has a body shop installs them all, without repainting. I of course, being the avg American consumer, do not disclose this info when I trade my car. CARFAX, comes back clean as a whistle, yet it was wrecked and sho0uld have been totalled. These laws, despite being good intentioned, are really only going to raise the price paid by the consumer, for their used car. They will NOT, provide any real protections.

  2. 2. howell clark [ April 12, 2012 @ 09:11AM ]

    Here we go again with another feel good, look what i'm doing for you law tha onlt lines the pockets of outfits such as carfax and of course will encourage them and the other similar servicesw to get these rules expanded nationwide. by doing so all the normal competion cap on price increases is gone. can i make a rule that if you live in my city you can only buy a used car from me. what a sweet deal that would be. i could then get lazy and non competitive and my consumers could only just cry about it and have no other choice. does vargas not know that these reports are available everywhere and there is nothing from preventing his constiuency from aquiring them thru normal commercial channels. cradle to grave whether you want it or not. jim dirks is exactly correct, cracks are everwhere and even carfaxe falls into them.


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