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Steve Dominguez, right, with son Nick Dominguez, stand together outside the newly-opened Steve’s Hometown Chevrolet-Buick-GMC dealership in Fruitland on June 11. Auto dealerships such as this that are located in Fruitland will now be charged a fee for VIN inspections performed by Fruitland Police Department per a resolution enacted following a public hearing at the March 28 Fruitland City Council meeting.

FRUITLAND — Do you usually think about your’ car’s vehicle identification number (VIN) — that 17-digit mix of letters and numbers stamped beneath the driver’s side windshield — when you’re driving along? When it comes to dealing with used car dealers, law enforcement think about that number very frequently.

The amount of time Fruitland Police Chief J.D. Huff and his team put into inspecting VIN numbers at car dealerships has led to him requesting inspection fees through a public hearing of the Fruitland City Council. That public hearing took place during the council’s regular meeting on March 28.

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