Carrying False Titles

9 years 6 months 2 weeks ago May 17, 2007 May 17, 2007 Thursday, May 17 2007 Thursday, May 17, 2007 7:47:40 PM CDT in News

The bill makes it easier for seriously damaged cars to carry a clean title.

Norman Dietzel says he believes in being honest with his clients.

"We try to sell our cars, and if we know there's a problem, we tell our customers."

The new law makes it harder for Dietzel to know if there's a problem.

"If a car is over six years old, no matter what kind of damage it has to it, it doesn't have to be identified with a salvage title," says Representative John Burnett.

Its sponsors say the bill helps drivers who may not want insurance companies to declare their car totaled.

Senator John Griesheimer says, "If you're a senior citizen, and you like your car, and you want to keep it, right now there's a problem with the law and the insurance companies just want to total it."

By decreasing the number of totaled cars, supporters say the bill will help all consumers who finance their vehicles.

Opponents think the law actually does the opposite. "They're not helping consumers, they're harming consumers."

and that loose salvage laws will make Missouri a magnet for cars with title problems in other states.

"Missouri will be the salvage car capital of the midwest."

Dietzel believes, however, that consumers can find other ways to test their new cars.

"Any car you buy, you test drive it, and you see it if has any problems. It could have a problems as easily as a car without a salvaged title," he says.

Good or bad, this new bill will possibly make car buyers more careful before they hit the road.

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