Escambia County Tax Collector Focuses on Consumer Protection

Scott Lunsford, Escambia County Tax Collector, is excited to announce a new program aimed at educating consumers on the importance of checking a used vehicle’s title history before making a purchase.

The Florida Tax Collector Association’s Service Corporation has partnered with Auto Data Direct, Inc., a United States Department of Justice approved provider of consumer access to National Motor Vehicle Title Information System (NMVTIS) vehicle history reports. The effort will focus on consumer protection, allowing customers to verify title and brand history at before purchasing a vehicle.

“Our office’s mission is to serve our customers; this partnership is one more way for us to do so,” Lunsford said. “We want consumers to understand the value of these reports before making a purchasing decision.”

NMVTIS is a federal database designed to protect consumers from fraud and unsafe vehicles. A report can alert the consumer to fraudulent activities and provide buyers with potential title issues. The report contains title information, including the current and previous states in which it has been titled, odometer reading records when titles were issued, brand history, total loss data as reported by an insurance company, and salvage records that indicate the vehicle has been in the possession of a salvage auction, auto parts recycler, rebuilder or other salvage-related business.

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