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Automotive Recyclers Warn Ohio Citizens that Senate Bill 273 is Now More Dangerous Than Ever


CONTACT:  Michael Wilson               FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                  
(571) 208-0428                                 Date:  November 29, 2012

Automotive Recyclers Warn Ohio Citizens that
Senate Bill 273 is Now More Dangerous Than Ever

MANASSAS, Va., November 29, 2012 -- The Automotive Recyclers Association (ARA) and the Ohio Auto and Truck Recyclers Association (OATRA) expressed their deep concern  with an untenable amendment to Senate Bill 273 that was passed by the Ohio House Insurance Committee this week.  The amendment, introduced by Representative Anthony DeVitis, endangers Ohio citizens and further weakens the ability of Ohio law enforcement to access critical information on salvage-titled vehicles and opens salvage auctions to an increasingly large pool of unlicensed and unregulated buyers from in and out of the country.
 

Automotive Recyclers Urge Lawmakers to OPPOSE SB 273: Stand Up for 30 Years of Law Enforcement and Consumer Protection in Ohio



CONTACT:  Michael Wilson                    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                 
(571) 208-0428                                             Date:  November 16, 2012

Automotive Recyclers Urge Lawmakers to OPPOSE SB 273:
Stand Up for 30 Years of Law Enforcement and
Consumer Protection in Ohio

MANASSAS, Va., November 16, 2012 -- The Automotive Recyclers Association (ARA) and the Ohio Auto and Truck Recyclers Association (OATRA) provided powerful testimony this week detailing how Senate Bill 273 would abolish the protections that the Ohio State Legislature has provided its citizens for over 30 years. 

The two organizations, on behalf of the 794 independent businesses owned and operated by licensed automotive recyclers in Ohio, provided testimony to the House Insurance Committee on Wednesday in opposition to SB 273, a highly controversial piece of legislation that would enable unlicensed in-state and out-of-state buyers to purchase vehicles from Ohio salvage pools and auctions.  It was the first opportunity that Ohio's professional automotive recyclers have had to testify following the cynical attempts by lobbyists for the insurance industry to diminish the vital role played by the state's automotive recycling community that took place at a previous hearing in May. 
 

Coalition Statement to NCIB Regarding Hurricane Sandy Flood Vehicles and the Insurance and Salvage Pool Industry

Coalition Statement to NICB Regarding Hurricane Sandy Flood Vehicles and the Insurance and Salvage Pool Industry

As a coalition of law enforcement support organizations we would like to address the risks to consumers from the purchase and resale of undisclosed damaged flood vehicles. As NICB noted in its recent press release, major natural disasters such as Katrina and now Hurricane Sandy do allow for fraudulent resale of flood damaged vehicles by 'unscrupulous salvage operators and dealers'. We believe however that the NICB communication does not focus on the underlying root of the problem, and does not offer the most direct method of addressing the bulk of the problem right
from the start.

Since NICB is made up of member insurance companies and may also include as members some of the largest public salvage auction companies who are used by the insurance companies to resell their total-loss salvage vehicles, it is perhaps understandable that NICB has directed its attention outward to those dealers that either intentionally or unknowingly resell such vehicles to the public rather than to the underlying sources of the problem itself.
 

Letter from DOJ, Reference Flood-Damaged Vehicles

                                                               U.S. Department of Justice

                                                                                 Office of Justice Programs

                                                                                 Bureau of Justice Assistance

November 8, 2012                                                        Washington, D.C. 20531

RE:  Flood-Damaged Vehicles                 

Dear NMVTIS Reporting Entity:

The Department of Justice (DOJ) is appreciative of your continued commitment to report junk and salvage (including total loss) automobiles to the National Motor Vehicle Title Information System (NMVTIS) as required by federal law. As you know, consumers rely on NMVTIS data to make informed used-car buying decisions to avoid purchasing potentially unsafe vehicles and to avoid paying more than a vehicle's fair market value. Therefore, your prompt and complete reporting is directly related to consumers' safety and protection from fraud.

Widespread Damage from Hurricane Sandy Results in Thousands of Flood-Damaged Vehicles; Only a Fully Functioning NMVTIS System Can Adequately Protect Consumers


CONTACT: Michael Wilson                                             FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
(571) 208-0428                                                             Date: November 2, 2012

Widespread Damage from Hurricane Sandy Results in Thousands of Flood-Damaged Vehicles; Only a Fully Functioning NMVTIS System Can Adequately Protect Consumers

MANASSAS, VA - The staff and members of the Automotive Recyclers Association (ARA) send their thoughts and prayers to the thousands of people directly impacted by Hurricane Sandy. In the wake of historic damage produced by the storm, ARA is once again urging Congress to review implementation and enforcement of the National Motor Vehicle Title Information System (NMVTIS) to ensure all flood-damaged vehicles are appropriately tracked and not sold to unsuspecting automotive consumers.

Ohio's Family-Owned Automotive Recycling Businesses Urge State Legislators: Say NO to SB 273 and Protect Professional Automotive Recycling Jobs


CONTACT: Michael Wilson                                        FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
(571) 208-0428                                                         Date: November 1, 2012

Ohio's Family-Owned Automotive Recycling Businesses Urge State Legislators: Say NO to SB 273 and Protect Professional Automotive Recycling Jobs

MANASSAS, Va., November 1, 2012 -- The Ohio Auto and Truck Recyclers Association (OATRA) has released a video detailing the serious impact Ohio Senate Bill 273 would have on thousands of Ohio jobs. OATRA is an affiliate chapter of the Automotive Recyclers Association (ARA). The video can be viewed online at: https://vimeo.com/52563362.

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