Effective Date of Rule: Thirty-one days after filing.
Purpose: Amend WAC 308-56A-460 to update the market value threshold for reporting total loss vehicles to the department of licensing. As directed by RCW 46.12.600, the department is raising the market value threshold amount for reporting a vehicle as a total loss by the percentage increase in the average expenditure for "used cars and trucks" published in the Consumer Price Index (CPI), compiled by the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics. The threshold is being raised from $7660 to $7880.
Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Amending WAC 308-56A-460.
Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 46.01.110, 46.12.600.
Adopted under notice filed as WSR 12-17-040 on August 8, 2012.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 0, Amended 1, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Date Adopted: September 27, 2012.
AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 11-22-034, filed 10/26/11, effective 11/26/11)
WAC 308-56A-460 Destroyed or wrecked vehicle -- Reporting -- Rebuilt. (1) What are total loss, destroyed, salvage, and wrecked vehicles? For the purposes of this section:
(a) A total loss vehicle is one whose destruction has been reported to the department as described in RCW 46.12.600 by an insurer (insurance companies and self-insurers as described in RCW 46.29.630);
(b) A destroyed vehicle is one whose destruction has been reported to the department as described in RCW 46.12.600 by the vehicle's owner;
(c) A salvage vehicle as defined in RCW 46.04.514;
|Note:||When used in this section, the terms "destroyed" and "destroyed vehicle" include total loss, destroyed, and salvage vehicles.|
|Note:||A vehicle may be considered destroyed or wrecked when the evidence of ownership is a salvage certificate/title, insurance company bill of sale, or wrecker bill of sale from any jurisdiction, or when the evidence of ownership indicates the vehicle may be a destroyed vehicle not reported to the department.|
(a) Insurers may report total loss vehicles to the department:
(i) Electronically through the department's on-line reporting system. Insurers must destroy ownership documents for a vehicle reported this way; or
(ii) By submitting the certificate of title or affidavit in lieu of title indicating the vehicle is "DESTROYED"; or
(iii) By submitting a completed total loss claim settlement form (TD 420-074).
|Note:||Reports of total loss vehicles must include the insurer's name, address, and the date of loss.|
(c) Licensed wreckers report wrecked vehicles as required in RCW 46.80.090.
(d) For vehicles six through twenty years old a statement whether or not the vehicle meets the market value threshold amount as defined in RCW 46.12.600 is also required.
(3) What is the current market value threshold amount?
The current market value threshold amount is seven thousand
six)) eight hundred (( sixty)) eighty dollars.
(4) How is the market value threshold amount determined? Using the current market value threshold amount described in RCW 46.12.600 each year the department will add the increased value if the increase is equal to or greater than fifty dollars.
(5) What if the "market value threshold amount" is not provided as required? If the market value threshold amount is not provided when required, the department would treat the report of destruction as if the market value threshold as described in RCW 46.12.600 has been met. The certificate of title will be branded according to WAC 308-56A-530.
(6) What documentation is required to obtain a certificate of title after a vehicle is destroyed? After a vehicle has been reported destroyed or wrecked and is rebuilt, you must submit the following documentation to the department in order to obtain a new certificate of title:
(a) Application for certificate of title as described in RCW 46.12.530;
(b) Certificate of vehicle inspection as described in WAC 308-56A-150;
(c) Bill of sale from the insurer, owner, or wrecker who reported the vehicle's destruction to the department.
(i) Bills of sale from insurers must include a representative's signature and title of office;
(ii) Bills of sale from insurers and wreckers do not need to be notarized;
(iii) Bills of sale from owners shown on department records must be notarized or certified;
(iv) A bill of sale is not required when owners shown on department records retain a destroyed vehicle and apply for a new certificate of ownership;
(v) Releases of interest from lien holder(s) or proof of payment such as a canceled check bearing a notation that it has been paid by the bank on which it was drawn or a notarized statement on a receipt from the legal owner that the debt is satisfied are required when the vehicle is retained by the registered owner(s).
(d) Odometer disclosure statement, if applicable.
(7) What is required of a Washington licensed vehicle dealer prior to selling a destroyed or wrecked vehicle? Except as permitted by RCW 46.70.101 (1)(b)(viii), before a dealer may sell a destroyed or wrecked vehicle under their Washington vehicle dealer license, the dealer must:
(a) Rebuild the vehicle to standards set by the state of Washington or the federal government pertaining to the construction and safety of vehicles; and
(b) Obtain a vehicle inspection by the Washington state patrol; and
(c) Apply for and receive a certificate of ownership for the vehicle, issued in the name of the vehicle dealer.
(8) Once a destroyed or wrecked vehicle is rebuilt, do the license plates remain with the vehicle? Whether or not the license plates remain with the vehicle depends on the circumstance:
(a) Standard issue license plates may remain with a destroyed vehicle unless they are severely damaged or the vehicle was issued a department temporary permit described in WAC 308-56A-140;
(b) Replacement license plates are required for wrecked vehicles since Washington licensed wreckers are required by WAC 308-63-070 to remove them;
(c) Special license plates may remain with or be transferred to a destroyed or wrecked vehicle;
(d) Applicants may retain the current license plate number as provided for in RCW 46.16A.200, unless the vehicle was issued a department temporary permit as described in WAC 308-56A-140.
(9) Will the certificate of ownership or registration certificate indicate "WA REBUILT"? Salvage or wrecked vehicles meeting the criteria described in WAC 308-56A-530 will be branded "WA REBUILT."
[Statutory Authority: RCW 46.01.110 and 46.12.600. 11-22-034, § 308-56A-460, filed 10/26/11, effective 11/26/11. Statutory Authority: RCW 46.01.110. 10-19-045, § 308-56A-460, filed 9/13/10, effective 10/14/10. Statutory Authority: RCW 46.12.005 and 46.01.110. 09-19-113, § 308-56A-460, filed 9/22/09, effective 10/23/09. Statutory Authority: RCW 46.01.110. 04-08-080, § 308-56A-460, filed 4/6/04, effective 5/7/04; 02-19-016, § 308-56A-460, filed 9/9/02, effective 10/10/02; 01-20-010, § 308-56A-460, filed 9/20/01, effective 10/21/01. Statutory Authority: RCW 46.01.110 and 46.12.070. 00-06-025, § 308-56A-460, filed 2/23/00, effective 3/25/00. Statutory Authority: RCW 46.01.110. 92-15-024, § 308-56A-460, filed 7/6/92, effective 8/6/92. Statutory Authority: RCW 46.01.110 and 46.12.070. 91-04-025, § 308-56A-460, filed 1/29/91, effective 3/1/91; Order MV 208, § 308-56A-460, filed 7/31/74.]