language to be deleted (2) new language
relating to motor vehicles; regulating salvage titles; modifying the disclosure of motor vehicle damage;
amending Minnesota Statutes 2010, sections 168A.01, subdivisions 6a, 8a, 12a; 168A.151, subdivision 1; 325F.6641; 325F.6644, subdivision 1.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:
"High-value vehicle" means a vehicle manufactured six or more years before the start of the current model year that had an actual cash value in excess of $5,000 before being damaged, or a vehicle with a manufacturer's rating of over 26,000 pounds gross vehicle weight.
"Late-model vehicle" means a vehicle manufactured in the current model year or the five model years immediately preceding the current model year.
"Older model vehicle" means a vehicle manufactured in the sixth model year immediately preceding the current model year or earlier that is not a high-value vehicle.
(a) When an insurer, licensed to conduct business in Minnesota, acquires ownership of a late-model or high-value vehicle through payment of damages, the insurer shall immediately apply for a salvage certificate of title or shall stamp the existing certificate of title with the legend "SALVAGE CERTIFICATE OF TITLE" in a manner prescribed by the department. Within 48 hours of taking possession of a vehicle through payment of damages, an insurer must notify the department in a manner prescribed by the department.
(b) A person shall immediately apply for a salvage certificate of title if the person acquires a damaged late-model or high-value motor vehicle with an out-of-state title and the vehicle:
(1) is a vehicle that was acquired by an insurer through payment of damages;
(2) is a vehicle for which the cost of repairs exceeds the value of the damaged vehicle; or
(3) has an out-of-state salvage certificate of title as proof of ownership.
(c) A self-insured owner of a late-model or high-value vehicle who sustains damage by collision or other occurrence which exceeds 70 percent of its actual cash value shall immediately apply for a salvage certificate of title. Damage, for the purpose of this calculation, does not include the actual cost incurred to repair, replace, or reinstall inflatable safety restraints and other vehicle components that must be replaced due to the deployment of the inflatable safety restraints.
(a) If a motor vehicle has sustained damage by collision or other occurrence which exceeds 70 percent of its actual cash value immediately prior to sustaining damage, the seller must disclose that fact to the buyer, if the seller has actual knowledge of the damage. The amount of damage is determined by the retail cost of repairing the vehicle based on a complete written retail repair estimate or invoice, exclusive of the actual cost incurred to repair, replace, or reinstall inflatable safety restraints and other vehicle components that must be replaced due to the deployment of the inflatable safety restraints.
(b) The disclosure required under this subdivision must be made in writing on the application for title and registration or other transfer document, in a manner prescribed by the registrar of motor vehicles. The registrar shall revise the certificate of title form, including the assignment by seller (transferor) and reassignment by licensed dealer sections of the form, the separate application for title forms, and other transfer documents to accommodate this disclosure. If the seller is a motor vehicle dealer licensed pursuant to section 168.27, the disclosure required by this section must be made orally by the dealer to the prospective buyer in the course of the sales presentation.
(c) Upon transfer and application for title to a vehicle covered by this subdivision, the registrar shall record the term "rebuilt" on the first Minnesota certificate of title and all subsequent Minnesota certificates of title used for that vehicle.
The disclosure required in this section must be made in substantially the following form: "To the best of my knowledge, this vehicle has ..... has not ..... sustained damage, exclusive of any costs to repair, replace, or reinstall air bags and other components that were replaced due to deployment of air bags, in excess of 70 percent actual cash value."
Section 325F.6641 does not apply to vehicles that are six years old or older as calculated from the first day of January of the designated model year or to commercial motor vehicles with a gross vehicle weight rating of 16,000 pounds or more or to motorcycles.
Presented to the governor April 28, 2012
Signed by the governor May 2, 2012, 3:13 p.m.