Requirements of dismantler operating motor vehicle dismantling business
(1) As used in this section:
(a) "Destroy" means to dismantle, disassemble, damage or substantially alter a motor vehicle:
(A) With the intent of rendering the vehicle permanently inoperable;
(B) To the extent that the cost of repairing the vehicle exceeds the actual cash value of the vehicle prior to the damage; or
(C) To the extent that the sum of the cost of repairing the vehicle and the salvage value of the vehicle in its damaged condition exceeds the actual cash value of the vehicle in its repaired condition.
(b) "Wrecked vehicle" means a motor vehicle:
(A) That is destroyed, or is acquired with the intent to destroy, and that will never be operated as a motor vehicle; or
(B) That has sustained damage to an extent that the vehicle may not lawfully be operated on the highways of this state.
(2) In the operation of a motor vehicle dismantling business, a dismantler:
(a) Must physically separate or visually label a wrecked vehicle in a manner that readily identifies the ownership status of the wrecked vehicle if the dismantler takes possession of the wrecked vehicle without immediately obtaining an ownership record or salvage title certificate. A dismantler need not separate or visually identify a wrecked vehicle pursuant to this subsection if the vehicle is subject to an exemption under ORS 803.030 (Exemptions from title requirement) or is obtained from a jurisdiction that does not issue certificates of title.
(b) May not remove parts from or destroy a motor vehicle prior to obtaining an ownership record or salvage title certificate for the vehicle.
(c) Must demolish the registration plates of a wrecked vehicle at the time the ownership record is received.
(d) Must notify the Department of Transportation of any changes in the information provided to the department in the application for a dismantler certificate within 30 days of the change.
(e) Must furnish a written report to the department, in a form established by the department by rule, after a wrecked vehicle is dismantled or destroyed. [2005 c.654 §6]
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