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Title history, brand information for used cars available online
The California Department of Motor Vehicles is making it easier for used car buyers to be better informed about their prospective purchase and not be taken for a ride in what may be a stolen vehicle. By visiting www.vehiclehistory.gov, and for a small fee, consumers can learn the title history and brand information about the pre-owned vehicle they have their eye on, even if the automobile is coming from across state lines. The Web site and the information therein is provided by the National Motor Vehicle Title Information System, which is operated by the American Associations of Motor Vehicle Administration under the umbrella of the Department of Justice. California joins 30 other states that have been offering the service, which was established by federal law in 1992 as a way to combat rampant nationwide vehicle theft and fraud. Statistics show that 1.3 million vehicles are stolen each year in the 50 states. Those losses to consumers total more than $8 billion.