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  •  It burns me up. (3+ / 0-)
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    Otteray Scribe, chimpy, lorzie

    There should be background checks for purchasing vehicles and for vehicle registration. If we would only restrict automobile purchases the way we do fire arm purchases maybe it wouldn't be so easy for some to get cars who shouldn't. Perhaps a law barring those with heinous offenses such as DWI and vehicular manslaughter from not just driving, but owning cars would help. If ownership of fire arms can be restricted, I don't see why ownership of automobiles can't be restricted. We as a nation are too complacent in letting people have such potentially dangerous large machines with little to no oversight.

    Too many people can throw a couple hundred bucks at buying a POS car from a used lot and not bother with a license, insurance, or any personal responsibility for irresponsible behavior.

    I too pay the extra for "uninsured motorist" coverage. That won't do me much good if I'm killed by someone with a revoked license and no insurance. That person shouldn't be able to purchase a car.

    •  The problem comes when (2+ / 0-)
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      chimpy, Amber6541

      somebody buys a junker from an individual.  A bit like the private sale of a firearm as opposed to buying from a licensed dealer.  No registration, no record and no nothing.  Pay your $500 or so dollars, take the title and bill of sale to the county clerk and get your tag. That is, if the buyer even bothers purchasing a tag.  Many don't.  

      The general who wins the battle makes many calculations in his temple before the battle is fought. The general who loses makes but few calculations beforehand. - Sun Tzu

      by Otteray Scribe on Mon Jun 25, 2012 at 08:46:25 AM PDT

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      •  Aye, (2+ / 0-)
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        Amber6541, Otteray Scribe

        That is one of the reasons why I think background checks at the time of registration and heavier penalties for expired registration would go a long ways. A person who doesn't go to the court house or DMV right away to get the registration changed over when they sell their car are in for a world of trouble if the buyer does anything illegal and the police come back to the seller wanting some answers about what their car has been doing.

        *I grew up in and spent most of my life in the salvage and used car biz. The freestyle and lightly regulated automotive culture in the US is a bit of a bugbear of mine.

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