ORS 822.235¹
Recovery after theft

(1) If a tower recovers a vehicle after a theft, the vehicle is totaled and the vehicle has no applicable insurance coverage, the person who is the owner of the vehicle may transfer the person’s interest in the vehicle to the tower in payment or partial payment of the tower’s fees for recovery and storage of the vehicle.

(2) A tower that accepts a transfer of interest in a vehicle from a person under this section may not assess fees against the person for storage of the totaled vehicle that occurs on and after the date of the transfer of interest.

(3) Notwithstanding the provisions for liens under ORS 98.812 (Towing of unlawfully parked vehicle) and 98.830 (Towing abandoned vehicle from private property), if a person transfers their interest in a vehicle under this section to a tower within 14 days of the date the person receives notice under ORS 98.857 (Recovery of stolen vehicle), the tower may not bring an action against the person for, or otherwise take any affirmative steps to collect or permit an agency or assignee to collect, any amount as compensation for towing, caring for or storing the totaled vehicle.

(4) A tower that receives title under this section is responsible for any fees imposed by the Department of Transportation for transferring title. [2017 c.523 §5; 2019 c.13 §70]

Note: 822.235 (Recovery after theft) was added to and made a part of the Oregon Vehicle Code by legislative action but was not added to ORS chapter 822 or any series therein. See Preface to Oregon Revised Statutes for further explanation.

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 822—Regulation of Vehicle Related Businesses, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors822.­html (2019) (last ac­cessed May 16, 2020).
2 OregonLaws.org contains the con­tents of Volume 21 of the ORS, inserted along­side the per­tin­ent statutes. See the preface to the ORS An­no­ta­tions for more information.
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