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CASTLE, Okla.—An auto salvage shop is being fined and has lost its license to sell cars after an investigation by the Used Motor Vehicle and Parts Commission.

Authorities say Allen’s Auto Salvage was improperly obtaining rebuilt certificates of title for non-repairable or junk vehicles through the Bristow Tag Agency.

In court, a Nick Allen from the salvage shop testified that he submitted bills of sale to the tag agency for owners out-of-state.

In return, he received rebuilt titles.

However, to legally obtain a rebuilt title, the applicant must provide the salvaged title for the vehicle, repair receipts and the vehicle identification number and odometer reading.

In Allen’s Auto Salvage’s case, those steps did not take place before getting a rebuilt title.

Records show the salvage shop obtained at least 180 rebuilt titles over a three-year period for out-of-state clients.

The commission assessed a fine of $33,000 and revoked the used motor vehicle dealer’s license, rebuilder’s license and automotive dismantler’s license.

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