4505.191 Scrap metal dealers; validity of title to motor vehicle.

(A) A scrap metal dealer, as defined in section 4737.04 of the Revised Code, is deemed to have valid title to a motor vehicle if both of the following apply:

(1) The scrap metal dealer purchased the motor vehicle in the ordinary course of business.

(2) The scrap metal dealer received an endorsed and notarized certificate of title to the motor vehicle from a seller, regardless of whether the certificate of title was issued pursuant to section 4505.06, 4505.10, 4505.101, 4505.102, 4505.11, or 4505.19 of the Revised Code.

(B) If a certificate of title to a motor vehicle was improperly issued, unlawfully obtained, or falsified prior to the transfer of the title to a scrap metal dealer who is deemed to have valid title pursuant to division (A) of this section, any other person with a valid certificate of title may seek legal recourse from the person who sold the motor vehicle to the scrap metal dealer. Such a person does not have a claim for relief against, and may not recover damages in a civil action against, the scrap metal dealer.

Cite as R.C. § 4505.191

Added by 130th General Assembly File No. TBD, SB 274, §1, eff. 3/23/2015.