The U.S. Justice Department has awarded more than $6.8 million to 12 states and the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators to protect consumers from vehicle fraud and unsafe vehicles. The money will help implement a system started in January that enables consumers to verify key information about a vehicle’s condition and history, such as odometer reading and title information.
States receiving aid were Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Missouri, New York, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and South Carolina. Consumers may access the system at www.vehiclehistory.gov. The Justice Department said that the system keeps stolen vehicles from being retitled and makes it more difficult for criminals to conceal stolen vehicles.