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Summer 2009

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‘Lemon vehicles need title brand

Senate Bill 515 amends Oregon’s existing consumer warranty law and requires manufacturers to title motor vehicles in their name that have been repurchased by the manufacturer in accordance with the law.

The title is required to be perma- nently inscribed with a “Lemon Law Buyback” brand.

SB515 applies only to motor ve- hicles – not to trailers, campers, etc. – and only to motor vehicles purchased or leased on or after the operative date of Sept. 21, 2009.

Effective Sept. 21, 2009, manufac-

turers must notify DMV that a vehicle must be branded “Lemon Law Buyback” and apply for title in their name when they have repurchased the vehicle.

The Manufacturer – or the dealer acting as the manufacturer’s agent – must signify “Lemon Law Buyback” in the Remarks section of the application for title.

Manufacturers and subsequent sell- ers also must notify the buyer of the sta- tus of the vehicle with the following statement accompanying the transac- tion:

“This vehicle was repurchased by its manufacturer in accordance with Oregon’s consumer warranty law be- cause of a defect in the vehicle. The title to this vehicle has been permanently inscribed with the notation ‘Lemon Law Buyback.’”

A statement signifying that the buyer, lessee or transferee has received and understands the notice must include a space for their signature.

DMV does not require a copy of the statement.

  • Dave Adams

ehicle Policy

‘Cash for Clunkers sparks rush for records

The federal government’s “Cash for Clunkers” rebate program sparked a “Dash for DMV” in July.

The program offered financial incentives to people who wanted to trade in older, low-MPG vehicles for new, more fuel-efficient vehicles. The savings were $3,500 or $4,500, depending on the vehicles involved in the deal.

Under the program – officially titled the CashAllowance Rebate System, or CARS – one of the requirements is that the trade-in vehicle must have been continuously registered and insured by its owner for at least one year prior to the trade-in.

“During the first week of the program, we received dozens of records requests from people trying to qualify for Cash for Clunkers,” Records Policy Manager Craig Daniels said. “We put a priority on filling these requests to help customers take advantage of this federal program.”

“We put a priority on filling these requests to help customers take advantage of this federal program.”

  • Craig Daniels

DMV Records Policy Manager

The urgency resulted in an initial rush by car buyers to use the program. The $1 billion appropriated by Congress nearly ran out in the first two weeks. Some vehicle dealers halted Cash for Clunkers deals until Congress approved an additional $2 billion for the program.

“Since the program was renewed, we’ve averaged a few dozen requests per day,” Daniels said.

At first, some customers were perplexed when they learned that it could take up to seven business days to get proof of continuous registration

from DMV.

“The typical turnaround for requests like these is ive to seven business days,” Daniels said. “The requests are usually made by mail, and DMV typically needed a day or two to retrieve the documents from microfilm, print them and mail them.

“But because of customers’ need for quick action in Cash for Clunkers, we were providing turnaround in three days or less, and even faxing documents to many customers or vehicle dealers.”

Fortunately, there were several other ways people could meet the requirement, such as Oregon vehicle registration cards issued at least a year before the trade-in or private online vehicle history services.

For more information about Cash for Clunkers, visit www.cars.gov, the program’s official federal Web site.

  • David House

DMV Public Affairs

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