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New Law for Florida Dealers
for Auto Dealers on Thursday, July 1, 2010 by Mike Samaan

In mid-July 2010, all Florida auto dealers will be required by law1 to electronically report the transfer of a metal license plate as it is being moved from one vehicle to another. The electronic report will create a temporary registration in the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) database, and should be completed prior to a customer driving off the lot.

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Metal Plate Transfer FAQs
for Auto Dealers on Thursday, July 1, 2010 by Mike Samaan

Florida’s new temporary metal plate transfer system adds some new features that will benefit dealers, including the ability to void a transfer and restore a previous registration, under certain circumstances. When determining if a temporary metal plate transfer is necessary, the first thing to consider is the number of days left on the registration.

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Texas Regulatory Update
on Wednesday, June 30, 2010 by Tom Drake

New Vehicle Storage Facility (VSF) Release Form Now Required The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation has revised and combined what were previously five separate forms into a single VSF release form, the VSF011-1. The new form replaces the Affidavit of Right of Possession (VSF009), the Notice of Right of Possession for Salvage or Repair (VSF 006), Specific Power of Attorney (VSF007), the Proof of Loss Claim Form (VSF008) and Appointment of Authorized Representative for Inspection of Motor Vehicle (VSF 005).

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Californians, Floridians Making Use of Federal VIN Search
on Monday, June 28, 2010 by Sarah Kathryn McRae

On average, 42 million used cars are sold in the United States every year, and today’s used car buyers are turning to the internet to research potential purchases. With the help of the recently launched National Motor Vehicle Title Information System (NMVTIS), consumers have more information at their fingertips than ever before.

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Lone Star State Services
for Mechanic / Body Shop, Repossession Agency and Wreckers on Monday, June 28, 2010 by Erin Miller

As Auto Data Direct expands its towing services and Direct Post-Office tools outside of Florida, we want to welcome our growing list of Texas towing customers and highlight the services that have made us an indispensable part of the Florida towing industry for over 10 years. ADD’s inquiry services let tow companies search for vehicle owner, registration/title information and lien holder information in Texas, Louisiana, Georgia, Florida and Arkansas.

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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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