Stolen vehicle is one of the biggest dangers in the used car market. Every year thousands of cars are stolen from their rightful owners and resold to unknowing people. And every year thousands of cars are confiscated by the police from those unlucky, unaware buyers who, in addition to losing the car and the money they paid for it, can be sued for receiving a stolen property. Sounds unjust, but it turns out that it's the purchaser's responsibility to check the car's history and the owner. You should keep this in mind when purchasing a used car.
Considering a good deal? A temptingly cheap car? Are you sure you don't lose more than gain with that car?
Stolen Vehicle Check
If you are seriously considering buying a used car, start with a thorough stolen vehicle check get the vehicle history report on it. Remember that hidden problems of a used car are not limited to theft. You may escape a stolen vehicle, but bump into a flood damaged one or a shiny beauty which is actually an old wreck with a rolled back odometer and new paint. VIN number check and vehicle history report is a way to protect yourself from such mishaps.
- Learn as much as you can about the seller. Verify his/her name, check the address against V5C. Get the landline number, not a mobile one.
- Make sure the VIN matches the number in the title belonging to the vehicle, make a photocopy of that title.
- Always check the VIN plate to make sure in was not altered. If you notice the signs of chemical processing, welding slag or filing off on the plate or the number itself, chances are that it's a stolen vehicle and the VIN has been faked up. Counterfeit VIN scam is very widespread.
- Inspect the car carefully. Make sure it is not freshly painted.
- Ask the seller questions about the car. How long does he own it? Why is he selling it? Where did he buy it? Take note of his reaction. If he answers uneasily, it's a warning sign.
- Try to find previous vehicle owners by VIN. The procedure is tricky and has limitations, bit the result is well worth the efforts and a theft suspicion is a good reason to try.
If you find out that the car was stolen or have a good reason to think so, notify the police. That will protect other unknowing people from buying a stolen vehicle.