Crush Ohio SB 273
Looks like trouble is brewing in the Ohio State Capitol Tuesday as a key battle is fought
out between big insurance and the hundreds of independent automobile recyclers who
disagree on just about everything in Senate Bill 273.
The bill changes a lot having to do with who can buy automobiles that have been in
collisions. Generally, when a car can’t be repaired, it is sold at auction to licensed
automobile recyclers. Now, the Ohio legislature is trying to pass a law to let anybody bid
on the beat up cars.
The insurance interests want it because it will make it easier for them to unload damaged
cars without the same oversight as has been the standard of the past, making it cost less
for them. A late amendment to the bill last week watered it down even more.
But there are problems.
Problem is that the auctions are exploited by criminals from all over the world. When a
car is stolen, the fastest path to clean title is finding a VIN number and swapping it out.
Overpaying for a salvage car is one of the first tip offs that something fishy is going on
and more of this behavior is likely if SB 273 passes.
Recyclers keep junkers and unsafe cars off the highway.
The high standards of the recyclers ensure that harmful metals like mercury and heavier
than water liquids like brake fluid and gasoline are properly disposed of instead of being
leaked into the groundwater and aquifer.
And finally, high standards ensure that those small businesses in the automotive salvage
business that have already built up a credible clientele and are providing thousands of
good jobs for Ohioans won’t be crushed under a new set of rules that are written for the
benefit of another industry.
All seems to point to a very good debate.
The right thing for Ohio is to kill SB 273 and leave the automotive recycling economy