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Are Your Employees Safe Drivers?
on Wednesday, June 23, 2010 by Erin Miller

In 2008, more than 5.2 million citations were issued to Florida’s 14 million licensed drivers. That averages out to a citation apiece for around 37% of the population. For business owners, especially businesses that require employees to drive as a part of their job, a driver license history can give owners peace of mind before handing over the keys to a company vehicle.

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ADD Announces NMVTIS Basic Service
for Insurance, Mechanic / Body Shop, Private Investigators, Salvage and Wreckers on Thursday, June 3, 2010 by Sarah Kathryn McRae

For Immediate Release Auto Data Direct, Inc. (ADD) today announced that it will begin providing a free motor vehicle reporting option to the National Motor Vehicle Title Information System (NMVTIS) for the auto recycling and insurance industries. The free service will allow users to satisfy federal reporting requirements by uploading junk, salvage and total loss vehicle data to the national database.

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Florida Begins Temporary Metal Plate Transfer Program
for Auto Dealers on Thursday, May 13, 2010 by Mike Samaan

Effective July 1, 2010, all Florida auto dealers will be required* by law to electronically report a Temporary Transfer of a Metal License Plate on a metal plate that is being moved from one vehicle to another prior to a customer driving off the lot. Dealers who have been issuing a temporary tag rather than transferring the metal plate will now be able to electronically report the Temporary Transfer of a Metal Plate directly to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV), and move the metal plate to the purchased vehicle.

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Time’s up for “Clunkers”
on Wednesday, May 12, 2010 by Sarah Kathryn McRae

Last summer, Americans traded in over 675,000 vehicles as part of the CARS Program, or Cash for Clunkers, as it became popularly known. The federal stimulus program lured buyers into dealerships nationwide, but it was after the much-publicized program officially ended that the real work began for the automotive recycling industry.

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Notes from a Tow Show First-timer
for Mechanic / Body Shop, Repossession Agency and Wreckers on Tuesday, May 11, 2010 by Erin Miller

This year the Professional Wreckers of Florida (PWOF) International Tow Show was held in Orlando, Florida, at the Hilton located in Downtown Disney from Thursday, April 15 to Sunday April 18, 2010. I have been with Auto Data Direct since September 2009, and this was my first chance to attend one of these events.

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Vehicle Histories Work for Business
on Monday, May 10, 2010 by Beth Williams

Working in the towing industry for more than 30 years has taught Jane Fleming, co-owner of Fleming Salvage and Wrecker Service in Panama City, Florida, just how valuable access to a vehicle’s history can be. The National Motor Vehicle Title Information System (NMVTIS) gives businesses and consumers access to vehicle histories at a low cost.

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FL Dealer License Renewal Notices Sent Via Email
for Auto Dealers on Tuesday, April 13, 2010 by Erin Miller

As of February 12, 2010, the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) is sending dealer license renewal notices to auto independent, wholesale, auction and salvage dealers via email, rather than through the US Postal Service. By communicating with license holders by email, the DHSMV will save approximately $5,000 in taxpayer money over the renewal period.

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Florida Law Supports Dealers on Failed Repossessions (UPDATED)
for Auto Dealers on Wednesday, March 10, 2010 by Mike Samaan

A new law offers Florida buy-here pay-here dealers another recovery option when a standard repossession attempt fails. Often, dealers are unable to retrieve vehicles because they cannot locate a delinquent customer or the customer conceals a vehicle in an effort to avoid its repossession. Now dealers have the support of House Bill 293, which was signed into Florida law in 2009 [FS 320.

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