PORTLAND, Ore. - Dealer-licensing authorities across the country are helping to develop a Web site that is expected to lead to more crackdowns on dealers who break the law.
The National Association of Motor Vehicle Boards and Commissions is creating an online national database of dealer-licensing information and new- and used-car dealer violations of state laws. The database is scheduled to be launched in January on the organization's Web site. The association approved the site at its semiannual meeting here this month.
The database will allow dealer boards and motor vehicle commissions to track dealers with repeat violations.
'This should greatly facilitate enforcement efforts and reduce the ability for people (dealers) to evade responsibility for misconduct by moving from state to state,' said Jim Clark, executive secretary of the Colorado Motor Vehicle Dealer Board and president of the National Association of Motor Vehicle Boards and Commissions. 'It will be along the lines of the national database used by the Federation of State Medical Boards for tracking problem doctors.'
The growth of multistate dealership chains and global Internet marketing has produced demand for an online clearinghouse that would allow state regulators to cross-reference motor vehicle laws, dealer violations and licensing information in other states.
In addition to state motor vehicle licensing authorities, state attorneys general also may be able to tap the site during investigations of auto dealers. The National Association of Motor Vehicle Boards and Commissions is talking to the National Association of Attorneys General about joining the effort and adding state justice department enforcement actions to the online database. For a fee, the data also will be available to businesses such as finance companies, auctions, automakers and insurance companies.
Rick Alexander, the organization's new executive director, said the database will not be available to the general public.