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NMVTIS is working! And being used to stop illegal activities

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By Jay Svendsen

More and more states, law enforcement, businesses, and other groups are finding the value in checking vehicles against NMVTIS.

Caught selling “out the door”

In a most recent incident, a large salvage operation identified two employees in their Georgia facilities that were reselling vehicles, the company was buying for their yards, “out the back door”. The company has a centralized purchasing group that buys cars from one location and arranges to have the vehicles sent to specific yards. The company has their system built were it automatically does the required Georgia State reporting and NMVTIS reporting at the time of purchase. The actual locations receiving the vehicles also get the titles to the vehicles. Two employees were working together and would find buyers for certain vehicles and sell them before they went thru physical “processing” at the location they were received. The company buys lots of vehicles each month. The two had managed to sell 110 vehicles before being caught. They were caught when their buyers tried to re-register/title the vehicles so they could sell them to the public. Because of the prompt reporting, the vins had been “cancelled” in the Georgia DMV’s database and also showed as “crushed” in NMVTIS (which means the vehicle was not intended for road use again). After several complaints to the DMV, the plot was discovered. The two employees were promptly let go and prosecuted and the company is working thru the issues created by the two.

In another incident in Georgia

As law enforcement investigator had been given a lead on a salvage operation in eastern Georgia and wanted to follow-up on it. In Georgia, salvage businesses are required to report to the state and the state reports those vehicles to NMVTIS, and they are supposed to do the reporting within forty-eight hours of purchase. The officer had done some research before going to the site and had a list of the recent reported vehicles and rough volumes that were being done monthly. Armed with the information, the officer went to the site to do an inspection. At the site the officer determined there were many more vehicles than he was showing being reported. Upon further searching, the officer found that the business was buying/getting stolen vehicles from South Carolina and Georgia, plus buying regular salvage vehicles and selling parts. With further physical investigation, there were two ocean going containers found buried in the back being used as “grow houses” for marijuana and the money made from the marijuana was being used to buy inventory for the salvage business. All in all, 98 stolen vehicles were found, 132 vehicles from South Carolina which were never reported, and 140 lbs of marijuana was impounded, plus money, guns and other items. The officer stated, without the information up-front, before entering the site, the “slick” owners might have been able to talk their way out of the further searches. The data was key in determining the need for a detailed site investigation.

Trying to “wash” or “clean” titles

There are instances everyday where people are trying to pass salvage vehicles thru state DMV’s trying to “wash” or “clean” titles so they can sell the vehicles for bigger profits. With the help of NMVTIS reporting and more timely reporting, hundreds of vehicles are being caught before the fraud can occur. It is important to make sure that any reporting to the systems is accurate, as it creates a time-consuming headache trying to fix a vehicle that was reported in error, but more times than not, the reports to NMVTIS are correct and are stopping frauds everyday.

A couple of things

1. Accept failure for if you don’t you will never be successful. You don’t have to like it but you do have to understand it and build from it. We would have never had electricity, flight, internet, etc., if those involved in their creation had quit because they failed.

2. Good people are your most valuable asset. Never stop looking for good people and never stop investing in good people. They are gold.


Jay is the National sales manager for Auto Data Direct Inc. ADD (as it is commonly called) is one of the three approved data consolidators for reporting to the national NMVTIS data-base. Jay has been at most of the industry shows since the start of NMVTIS and tries to help explain the new NMVTIS reporting requirements, changes in the laws, and what must be reported. ADD was the only data consolidator that was fully operational from the start date, has recently become the sole consolidator for the state of GA, and works actively with the industry, software providers, and associations trying to make meeting the reporting requirement as easy as possible for the parties affected. ADD continues to add services that help the recyclers do their day to day jobs. Jay continues travel throughout the country to explain the present status of NMVTIS reporting and how reporting to NMVTIS will benefit recyclers in the future. When Jay isn't traveling for ADD he spends his time fishing, boating , brewing beer, or playing in his garden.