SC DEALERS: LIMITED SUPPLY OF 30 DAY TEMP TAGS FOR OUT OF STATE CUSTOMERS

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Due to production and supply chain delays, the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles (SCDMV) has an extremely limited number of 30-day temporary license plates for use when selling vehicles that will be registered in another state in its branch office inventory. The agency has been shifting around inventory to try and meet demand in all parts of the state, but we’ve recently been made aware that the order of 30-day temporary plate stock we anticipated receiving next week from the vendor has been further delayed.

The SCDMV is working with its vendor network to attempt to quickly replenish its 30-day temporary license plate stock. We will send out a notice as soon as that occurs.

As a temporary, short-term fix, the agency is quickly developing an alteration to its EVR program that will allow dealerships to issue the 45-day temporary license plates to out-of-state customers. This programming effort will take several days, and your service provider will notify you once this option is available for use. Your service provider will communicate the process with you as soon as details are available.

While the SCDMV pursues both of these solutions, we need the help of every dealer in ensuring the remaining 30-day stock can meet as much of the demand as possible. The branch offices have been instructed to sell the remaining stock in very limited quantities. Please do not pursue any bulk purchases at this time.

Dealers should ensure out-of-state customers understand that the customer’s home state may have laws requiring a vehicle to be titled and registered in a time period shorter than 45 days. Customers must follow the law in their home state to ensure that the vehicle is properly titled and registered in a timely manner.

Kat Messenger
Carolina Dealer Training

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BIG NEWS FOR NC DEALERS!

This is part of SL 2021-146, it allows home delivery! Please remember that the FTC has some very specific requirements for home deliveries, I cover that in this year’s Continuing Education class!

PERMIT LIMITED OFF-PREMISES SALES ACTIVITIES SECTION 15.
G.S. 20-292 reads as rewritten: Ҥ 20-292. Dealers may display motor vehicles for sale at retail only at established salesrooms.
(a) A new or used motor vehicle dealer may display a motor vehicle for sale at retail only at the dealer’s established salesroom, unless the display is of a motor vehicle that meets any of the following descriptions:
(1) Contains the dealer’s name or other sales information and is used by the dealer as a “demonstrator” for transportation purposes.
(2) Is displayed at a trade show or exhibit at which no selling activities relating to the vehicle take place.place and contains the dealer’s name and business location.
(3) Is displayed at the home or place of business of a customer at the request or with the permission or consent of the customer.

(b) Nothing contained in this section or in any other provision contained in Article 12 of this Chapter shall be deemed to prohibit or restrict a new or used motor vehicle dealer or an employee, agent, or contractee of a new or used motor vehicle dealer from doing any of the following:
(1) Delivering a motor vehicle purchased or leased by a customer to the customer’s home or place of business or having a customer execute forms and other documents relating to vehicle purchase, lease, titling, registration, financing, insurance, and other products and services provided to the customer by or through the dealer that are presented to a customer at the customer’s home or place of business by any employee or authorized agent of the dealer; provided, however, that all such forms and other documents have been fully agreed to and were fully completed in advance of their presentation to the customer, no additional negotiations or modifications related to the content of any of these forms or other documents take place, and no modifications are made to the content of any of these forms and other documents other than the correction of clerical or typographical errors.
(2) Having any employee or authorized agent of the dealer explain vehicle operation, features, care, and warranties to the customer at the time the customer’s vehicle is delivered.
(3) Retrieving from the customer’s home or place of business a motor vehicle that has been sold by the customer to the dealer.

(c) This section does not apply to recreational vehicles, house trailers, or boat, animal, camping, or other utility trailers.”

SEVERABILITY CLAUSE SECTION 16. If any section or provision of this act is declared unconstitutional or invalid by the courts, it does not affect the validity of this act as a whole or any part other than the part so declared to be unconstitutional or invalid.

EFFECTIVE DATE
SECTION 17. Sections 1 through 11 and Sections 13 through 16 of this act are effective when they become law and apply to all current and future franchises and other agreements in existence between any new motor vehicle dealer located in this State and a manufacturer or distributor as of the effective date of this act.
Section 12 of this act becomes effective January 1, 2022, and applies as of that date to all existing and future programs and policies of all manufacturers and distributors having any franchised dealers in this State. Except as otherwise provided, the remainder of this act is effective when it becomes law. In the General Assembly read three times and ratified this the 1st day of September, 2021

Kat Messenger
Carolina Dealer Training

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16 July, 2021

Our website will be shut down for maintenance and updates Friday evening, July 16. It should be back up and running by Monday morning.

Kat Messenger
Carolina Dealer Training

SC DEALERS: IMF UPDATE & DEALER CONNECTION

Good news for SC dealers, if you give a customer their paperwork to take to DMV, you no longer have to collect their IMF. for more information, read the latest issue of SC DMV’s DEALER CONNECTION:

DEALER CONNECTION JUNE 2021

The South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles (SCDMV) continues to provide information about different ways in which dealers and business customers can process their transactions, from electronic vehicle registration (EVR) to in-person transactions.

In this issue, you’ll find information on new legislation related to title brands and infrastructure maintenance fees, as well as best practices to ensure your paperwork processing with the SCDMV goes as smoothly as possible.

Title Brands

Governor McMaster signed H.3101 on April 28, 2021. It has an effective date of October 25, 2021.

Act #27 of 2021 puts the force of law behind the SCDMV’s current policy on vehicle title brands such as salvage, salvage – flood, salvage – fire, salvage – rebuilt, and junk. Additionally, the Act creates two new brands of salvage flood – rebuilt and salvage fire – rebuilt.

This Act explicitly says that the State of South Carolina will not honor or participate in a deceptive practice called “title washing.” This is where a vehicle’s title is changed to remove information it previously contained, such as a brand meant to inform the consumer of the vehicle’s history. For example: a vehicle owner can take an otherwise “junk” title to a state that allows people to rebuild a junk vehicle and re-title the vehicle in that state as “salvage – rebuilt.” If that person was to bring the vehicle to South Carolina, their hope is that South Carolina will mirror the practice of the state that changed the brand to “salvage-rebuilt.” This new law makes it explicitly clear that the State of South Carolina will not honor a less restrictive brand on a washed title and would instead honor the most restrictive brand, which in this case would be the “junk” brand.

The Act also says that a vehicle with a manufacturer certificate of origin, or other equivalent origin document, with the brand “off road only” (or equivalent) will be titled as such in South Carolina and not able to be legally operated on the state’s roads.

To read the full Act, visit: https://www.scstatehouse.gov/sess124_2021-2022/bills/3101.htm

Infrastructure and Maintenance Fee

Governor McMaster signed H.3505 on May 17, 2021. The SCDMV changed its operationalization of the collection of infrastructure maintenance fees at the start of business of May 18, 2021.

Act #70 of 2021 says that the infrastructure maintenance fee (IMF), which replaced vehicle sales tax under Act #40 of 2017 (“The Roads Bill”), is now due upon first titling or registering a vehicle in South Carolina. Previously, the law said that the IMF was due upon first registering the vehicle.

People who once only titled a vehicle (and did not take the steps to register it with a license plate to legally operate it on the state’s roads) will now owe IMF like their counterparts who choose to title and register a vehicle.

There has been no change in the amount of IMF collected. It remains 5% of the purchase price of the vehicle, but no more than $500.

The law now explicitly says that a dealer who titles or registers the vehicle for a customer must collect the IMF and remit it to the SCDMV. If a dealership does not title or register the vehicle for a customer, the customer must pay the IMF to the SCDMV when titling or registering the vehicle.

Additionally, the law now explicitly says that if a customer purchases a vehicle that he or she originally leased and the name on the registration has not changed, the customer only owes IMF one time – at the time of originally leasing the vehicle – versus having to pay it again when the customer purchases the vehicle.

To read the full Act, visit: https://www.scstatehouse.gov/sess124_2021-2022/bills/3505.htm

Dealer and EVR Transaction Tips

In an effort to better serve business customers, the following is a list of best practices for dealer and electronic vehicle registration (EVR) transactions:

  • When hand-writing dealer work, please write hard enough to make it clear on all copies of the PTO.
  • Ensure that all assignments are complete with names and addresses.
  • Ensure that mileage is correct on all assignments.
  • Ensure the information on the paperwork is clear, such as the cost of vehicle and whether the IMF was collected. Some customers don’t know they have to pay IMF at the SCDMV.
  • Verify prior title and title numbers before entering the title information into the EVR system.
  • Finalize the deal in EVR. Branch offices are unable to process any dealer transaction that is in a “PENDING EVR” status.
  • Include the prior title when finalizing deals and submitting the paperwork.
  • Add Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW) to trucks.
  • Mail EVR paperwork to:
  • SCDMV
  • Vehicle Compliance and Oversight
  • 10311 Wilson Blvd
  • Blythewood, SC 29016-0025
Transaction Limits for Dealer/Business Customers

Beginning June 1, 2021, the SCDMV is extending the time in which dealers and business customers can submit transactions on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays to 4:00 p.m. Each dealer or business customer can now process up to three transactions per day at SCDMV branches Tuesday and Thursday 8:30 – 11 a.m. and 1:30 – 4:00 p.m. and on Wednesday 9:30 – 11 a.m. and 1:30 – 4:00 p.m.

Each dealer or business customer is only allowed to have one transaction per day processed over the counter on Monday and Friday.

Seven SCDMV offices have a three-day turnaround (see list below) for dealer packets. These Dealer Central branches include the following locations:

  • Greer
  • Ft. Mill
  • Columbia – Shop Rd.
  • Chester
  • Ridgeland
  • Irmo – Ballentine
  • Charleston – Leeds Ave.

If a dealer or business customer drops off a transaction or packet at any other SCDMV office, there is a five-day turnaround time.

Kat Messenger
Carolina Dealer Training

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NC DMV WALK-IN DEALER SERVICES

Just a reminder – the Rocky Mount DMV office does not allow any in-person transactions. For in-person Dealer Services, go to 4121 New Bern Ave., Ste. 150, in the Wilders Grove Shopping Center in Raleigh.

Kat Messenger
Carolina Dealer Training

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