Post Content

kaprielian  0008MassDOT’s Registry of Motor Vehicles is urging used car consumers in the Greater Springfield area to pay extra attention to vehicles with out of state Oregon titles. Reconstructed titles from Oregon are being used to mask vehicles damaged during Hurricane Sandy.

“Scammers are pretending to go across country to gain a consumer’s trust. We have seen more than 50 titles that fit this bill from Oregon,” said Registrar Rachel Kaprielian.

While water damage may be covered up in the short-term, long-term concerns include electrical system failure and safety problems.

The RMV is taking precautions in its branches and upping the scrutiny given to these types of titles; but consumers should be watchful for this type of scam. The matter has also been referred to law enforcement.

Consumers are urged to visit or www.vehiclehistory.gov or www.carfax.com/flood before making a purchase.

Red flags on these reports will include: a Damage Report Filed on 10/29/2012 indicating a Total Loss Vehicle, a New York or New Jersey Salvage Title Issued, and a Title issued by the Oregon Motor Vehicle Department.  It is important to note that even though a “Reconstructed” Title has been issued, these vehicles have potentially not undergone any type of Salvage Inspection.

Written By:

Recent Posts

Baker-Polito Administration and Local Officials Sign Regional Agreement for Autonomous Vehicle Testing posted on Jun 21

Baker-Polito Administration and Local Officials Sign Regional Agreement for Autonomous Vehicle Testing

The Baker-Polito Administration’s Department of Transportation today entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with several mayors of cities and towns in order to further facilitate and expand the testing of autonomous vehicles on roadways in the Commonwealth. Governor Charlie Baker joined Transportation Secretary and   …Continue Reading Baker-Polito Administration and Local Officials Sign Regional Agreement for Autonomous Vehicle Testing

MassDOT, MAPFRE Insurance Reminder: June is Seat Belt Safety Month posted on Jun 20

MassDOT, MAPFRE Insurance Reminder: June is Seat Belt Safety Month

With summer getaways planned, June is the perfect time to familiarize ourselves with seat belt safety. In effect since in 2002, NHTSA’s “Click It or Ticket” campaign reminds drivers to always utilize their seat belts. Both MassDOT and MAPFRE Insurance work to ensure the safety   …Continue Reading MassDOT, MAPFRE Insurance Reminder: June is Seat Belt Safety Month

MBTA: Preview of Focus40 Plan Draft posted on Jun 18

MBTA: Preview of Focus40 Plan Draft

The MBTA’s Fiscal and Management Control Board (FMCB) today received a preview of the draft of Focus40, the MBTA’s long-range plan to meet the needs of the region in 2040. Focus40 envisions an MBTA that provides reliable, resilient, and robust service to support the region’s   …Continue Reading MBTA: Preview of Focus40 Plan Draft