Don’t you love forking over that $33 fee for the state to take weeks to get the title of your new car back to you? If you give them an extra $10 you are lucky if you can get it in 2 weeks. Crazy when other states usually only pay half of what Mainers are charged. Well now the state is requiring you to pay that $33 fee all over again if you are trying to get a junk car out of your door yard.
Crazy right? The state has decided that it needs to crack down on the little guys that are “operating as a salvage yard” by paying people for their junk vehicles and hauling them to the licensed facilities that actually process the cars. They what this to stop or, for the moon lighters to just apply for their own junkyard license / dealer license (easier said than done). The rules they are implementing now will require all vehicles that go to a salvage yard to be titled in the name of the person dropping them off. Titles signed by the owner of the vehicle will no longer suffice. You need to have the vehicle titled in your name. Get ready to fork over an extra $33 to the state to get rid of your junk! Also the state considers the sale of a junk car the same as the sale of a working car. So even if you are getting rid of a vehicle for scrap, you are still required to have a dealers license if you do more than 5 a year.
What does this all mean? From what I can tell the state doesn’t want the little guys who run small scrap businesses to be able to operate any longer. By eliminating the middle-class man who runs his own small business or moon lights hauling junk, large yards & scrap facilities will to have less competition so the price paid for junk vehicles will drop to 0, or even worse, you might have to pay too have your junk vehicle hauled away.
The President of the Maine Auto Recyclers Association, a group of licensed business owners here in state of Maine that promotes streamlined environmentally sound automobile recycling, has said that in the long run it may be ultimately good for business owners as it will cause the price of vehicles to drop down to nothing increasing their margins, but at the same time, he wouldn’t want to see all “little guys” who have been helping the industry grow and have been doing it the same way for decades starve because the state doesn’t want them to be able to operate the way they have been. Its unrealistic to force them to abide by all the strict regulations that the large licensed corporations who process the vehicles are upheld to follow.
The overall scope of this entire new “push” appears to be a money grab from the state by enforcing title document fees and licensing on people that it shouldn’t apply too. I’m sure the state will argue that its about the environment, or that its about crime, but anyone hauling in a vehicle to a scrap yard already has to abide by the new rules passed in 2012 due to a spike in converter theft, that require a photo ID and vehicle TAG be recorded and payment be made by check only. As far as the environment, a middle man has little to no environmental impact, if anything its good for the environment because that vehicle will no longer be sitting in someones door yard full of hazardous fluids and materials and it allows the businesses that follow the strict EPA regulations to recycle more cars every year.
Just my .02 – I’m sure the MARA will be releasing a statement in the weeks to come about the new rules that state is implementing.