Chapter 4.11
MOTOR VEHICLE WRECKERS

Sections:

4.11.010    Definitions.

4.11.020    License required.

4.11.030    Records to be kept.

4.11.040    Improper practices.

4.11.050    Location and appearance of place of business.

4.11.060    Penalties.

4.11.300    Severability.

4.11.010 Definitions.

The following words and phrases as used in this chapter shall have the following meanings:

A. “Department” means the Washington State Department of Licensing.

B. “Established place of business” means a building or enclosure which the owner occupies either continuously or at regular periods and where his books and records are kept and business is transacted and which must conform with the zoning regulations of the city of Edmonds.

C. “Motor vehicle wrecker” means every person, firm, partnership, association or corporation engaged in the business of buying, selling or dealing in vehicles of a type required to be licensed under the laws of this state, for the purpose of wrecking, dismantling, disassembling or substantially changing the form of any motor vehicle or trailers, or who buys or sells integral secondhand parts of component material thereof, in whole or in part, and deals in secondhand motor vehicle parts. [Ord. 4165 § 1 (Exh. A), 2019; Ord. 1918 § 1, 1977].

4.11.020 License required.

Before engaging in the business of wrecking motor vehicles or trailers, every motor vehicle wrecker must have a current, valid state license issued by the department authorizing him to do so, as well as any business license that may be required pursuant to Chapter 4.72 ECC. The owner shall cause the license to be prominently displayed in his place of business where it may be inspected by an investigating officer or police officer at any time. [Ord. 4165 § 1 (Exh. A), 2019; Ord. 1918 § 3, 1977].

4.11.030 Records to be kept.

A. Every motor vehicle wrecker shall maintain books or files in which he shall keep a record and a description of every vehicle wrecked, dismantled, disassembled or substantially altered by him, together with the name of the person, firm or corporation from whom he purchased the vehicle. Such record shall also contain:

1. The certificate of title number (if previously titled in this or any other state);

2. Name of state where last registered;

3. Number of the last license number plate issued;

4. Name of vehicle;

5. Motor or identification number and serial number of the vehicle;

6. Date purchased;

7. Disposition of the motor and chassis, and such other information as the department may require.

B. A motor vehicle wrecker shall also maintain a similar record of all disabled vehicles that have been towed or transported to the motor vehicle wrecker’s place of business or his representative. This record shall specify the name and description of the vehicle, name of the owner, number of license plate, condition of the vehicle, the place where it was picked up and the place to which it was towed or transported.

C. The abovementioned records and those records required by the department to be kept by a motor vehicle wrecker shall be subject to inspection at all times by members of the police department, sheriff’s office and members of the Washington State Patrol. [Ord. 1918 § 4, 1977].

4.11.040 Improper practices.

A. No motor vehicle wrecker shall knowingly buy, sell, receive, dispose of, conceal or have in his possession any motor vehicle or integral part thereof whose manufacturer’s serial number or other identification mark has been removed, defaced, covered, altered or destroyed such that it would facilitate concealing or misrepresenting the identity of such motor vehicle or trailer.

B. No motor vehicle wrecker shall offer for sale or sell used parts unless he has complied with all the provisions of this chapter.

C. No motor vehicle wrecker shall acquire a motor vehicle without first obtaining a certificate of title if the vehicle has been last registered in a state which issued a certificate, or a record of registration if registered in a state which does not issue a certificate of title. [Ord. 1918 § 5, 1977].

4.11.050 Location and appearance of place of business.

No motor vehicle wrecker shall keep any motor vehicle or integral part thereof in any place other than the established place of business designated in the license issued by the department, without permission of the department. The activities of a motor vehicle wrecker shall be conducted entirely within his established place of business and such premises shall be enclosed by a wall or fence six feet high which will obscure from public view the nature of the business conducted on the premises; provided, such wall or fence shall be kept in good repair. A living hedge of sufficient density and of equal height to prevent view of the confined area may be substituted for the wall or fence. [Ord. 1918 § 6, 1977].

4.11.060 Penalties.

Any motor vehicle wrecker who fails, neglects or refuses to comply with any of the provisions of this chapter shall upon conviction be punished by a fine or imprisonment as set forth in ECC 5.50.020. [Ord. 1918 § 7, 1977].

4.11.300 Severability.

If any section, subsection, clause, phrase, or word of this chapter or any provision adopted by reference herein is for any reason held to be invalid or unconstitutional by a court of competent jurisdiction, such invalidity or unconstitutionality shall not affect the validity or constitutionality of the remaining portions of this chapter. [Ord. 1918 § 8, 1977].