Nonrepairable vehicles; title and registration. (HB539)

Introduced By

Del. Bobby Orrock (R-Thornburg)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Nonrepairable vehicles; title and registration. Allows for title and registration of nonrepairable vehicle retained by its owner if it passes an examination by the Department of Motor Vehicles. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/07/2008Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/08 083809672
01/07/2008Referred to Committee on Transportation
01/14/2008Impact statement from DMV (HB539)
01/30/2008Assigned Transportation sub: 3
02/12/2008Left in Transportation


John Gayle writes:

Not a good bill, and major step backwards. Unlike current law, permits a vehicle that has been damaged over 90% of its retail value, currently not permitted to be retitled to drive, to be retitled and sold. The DMV inspection that would take place is an inspection by a DMV investigator, who has no training in body repair, he does not inspect the car's repairs to see if they are done right, and only checks the parts that the salvage rebuilder says were replaced, to see if they are stolen, and takes the rebuilders word for it, that the repairs are proper. Never gets under the vehicle to see if the repairs are just on the outside, and cosmetic. For all he knows the frame cold be held together with duct tape. Its really a "stolen parts' inspection. Yet the owner will repair it in potentially a sloppy and cheap way, then try to sell it for much more than its worth, since he will claim its been inspected by DMV and approved. Once its is inspected it then gets a title that owner can use to sell it. Even though title is branded, most buyers never even see the title, and believe the seller that the damages were minimal. Surely the genesis of this is from some constituent salvage rebuild shop.