Was your used car in an auto accident before you bought it? Might the odometer have been rolled back? Was it used in the commission of the crime?
On January 30, the U.S Department of Justice put an auto database online to help consumers uncover automobile fraud, a report states. The system will allow the state department of motor vehicles, law enforcement, and consumers to check a car’s title and history. Best of all, law enforcement can track the car from state to state by logging onto the nationwide system.
The information is still not complete as it covers less than two-thirds of all U.S. vehicles, reports Public Citizen. In the meantime, insurers and junk yards are playing catch-up trying to add information on cars that may not be actively on the road.
It took a lawsuit by Public citizen and Consumers for Auto Reliability and Safety, and Consumer Action to get the federal government to implement the National Motor Vehicle Title Information System (NMVTIS) which has been mandated by Congress 16 years ago.
If you have been in an automobile accident, the condition of the vehicle might be relevant information you would want to know when trying to determine fault. Congratulation to these public advocates for making this information available to all of us. If you have any questions, please call us at Farah and Farah to speak to a skilled Florida car accident lawyer at 1-800-533-3555.