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Salvage yards will buy cars from sellers without titles

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Did you know that according to state law, you can sell a car without proving that car is yours?

According to Metro police it happens every day, especially in the auto salvage business.

Steve Warrick runs Bordeaux Tire and Muffler.  Recently, his daughter's 1994 Ford Thunderbird was stolen.

A few days later, Warrick said he spotted the stolen car at a Nashville salvage yard.

According to state law, if a vehicle is at least five-years-old and appears inoperable, you don't need the vehicle's title to sell it to an auto salvage yard.

All the law requires is the seller present a valid driver's license.

"That seems like the inmates are running the asylum.   We didn't have to check that we have your stolen car but you have to prove it is your stolen car to get it back. I think they should have to hold the cars for a few weeks before they start selling parts off of them."

"There's his car right there. Now he has to prove it. That is messed up? Yeah I agree."

Metro police said happened to Warrick happens every single day but because many auto thieves use their real IDs to sell the cars they do prosecute a lot of them.

The problem is, before police get involved, the stolen cars are often stripped for parts.

That is what happened to Warrick.

Metro police said Lashawn Rembert provided the salvage yard with his Tennessee license when he sold Warrick Ford Thunderbird for $347.

Warrick valued the car at $5,000.

Police charged him with auto theft.  They served his warrant at the county jail where he was already locked up for auto theft.

Lawmakers recently put more teeth into existing laws, forcing sellers and auto thieves to provide ID and requiring salvage operations to keep complete records for up to three years.

Some, however, said law is still not tough enough and should be more like the pawn shop industry which is forced to wait a certain period of time before they can sell merchandise.

Police said they would favor that.

A corporate official for the salvage company said that would be unfair to legitimate sellers and salvage operations.

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Salvage yards will accept cars without a title as long as they are inoperable and at least five years old.


Did you know that according to state law, you can sell a car without proving that car is yours?

According to Metro police it happens every day, especially in the auto salvage business.

Steve Warrick runs Bordeaux Tire and Muffler.  Recently, his daughter's 1994 Ford Thunderbird was stolen.

A few days later, Warrick said he spotted the stolen car at a Nashville salvage yard.

According to state law, if a vehicle is at least five-years-old and appears inoperable, you don't need the vehicle's title to sell it to an auto salvage yard.

All the law requires is the seller present a valid driver's license.

"That seems like the inmates are running the asylum.   We didn't have to check that we have your stolen car but you have to prove it is your stolen car to get it back. I think they should have to hold the cars for a few weeks before they start selling parts off of them."

"There's his car right there. Now he has to prove it. That is messed up? Yeah I agree."

Metro police said happened to Warrick happens every single day but because many auto thieves use their real IDs to sell the cars they do prosecute a lot of them.

The problem is, before police get involved, the stolen cars are often stripped for parts.

That is what happened to Warrick.

Metro police said Lashawn Rembert provided the salvage yard with his Tennessee license when he sold Warrick Ford Thunderbird for $347.

Warrick valued the car at $5,000.

Police charged him with auto theft.  They served his warrant at the county jail where he was already locked up for auto theft.

Lawmakers recently put more teeth into existing laws, forcing sellers and auto thieves to provide ID and requiring salvage operations to keep complete records for up to three years.

Some, however, said law is still not tough enough and should be more like the pawn shop industry which is forced to wait a certain period of time before they can sell merchandise.

Police said they would favor that.

A corporate official for the salvage company said that would be unfair to legitimate sellers and salvage operations.

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