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Relating to the liability of and issuance of titles and permits for
motor vehicles purchased from motor vehicle dealers that go out of
No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.
SB 1193 would allow purchasers of a vehicle from a dealer who cannot apply for a title because the dealer has gone out of business to apply for a title themselves, as well as a 30-day permit to replace the buyer's tag. The fees for application for the title would be waived if the purchaser can prove that they have already paid the fees to the dealer. If fees are waived, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) could recover the amount from a surety bond executed by the dealer.
Lastly, the bill would require proof of purchasing a $50,000 surety bond (increased from $25,000) in order for TxDOT to issue or renew a motor vehicle dealer general distinguishing number or a wholesale motor vehicle auction general distinguishing number.
Texas Action supports SB 1193 for promoting the principle of individual liberty. This bill would provide Texans necessary consumer protection, and an additional option to obtain the title for their new vehicle in the unfortunate event that their car dealer goes out of business before the title can be completed.