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How to Avoid Buying a Stolen Car

(This article is from the Austin Police Department.)

Not all stolen cars are stripped for parts. Many are resold to unknowing and unsuspecting buyers. If you knowingly buy a stolen car, you can be arrested. If you buy a stolen car unknowingly, you could lose the car and your money.

Avoid becoming the car thief's second victim by following these tips:

  • Be suspicious of any deal that seems "too good to be true."
  • When buying from a private individual, make sure that the title and registration match the name and address of the person selling the car. Be cautious of a seller with no fixed address, place of employment or phone number.
  • Ask the seller for references about past financing and insurance on the vehicle. Verify the information with the bank, finance company, or agent.
  • Ensure the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) plate on the automobile's dash is present, secure, and has no loose rivets.
  • Check to ensure the VIN plate has not been repainted and the numbers stamped in the plate appear to be the original factory numbers.
  • Thieves may remove the VIN plate and replace it with one from a similar wrecked vehicle. If in doubt about plate authenticity, check with a new car dealer who handles the same model, or contact a law enforcement agency.

Need more? Check out the Automobile Burglary and Theft Prevention Authority Office and Auto Burglary and Theft Prevention  at the Texas Department of Transportation's  web site.

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