It may sound impossible, but cars now have the ability to be cloned, and not like the way Dolly the sheep was cloned. Car cloning is illegal and is becoming a problem. When you report a vehicle stolen the vehicle identification number is tracked, making it harder for thieves to sell stolen vehicles.
However thieves are now cloning the VIN's from legitimate vehicles and adding them to the stolen cars. Unfortunately if you end up buying one of these cloned cars it will more than likely be repossessed by the authorities as stolen merchandise and you will be out the money you paid for it. Worse, you could be charged for possessing stolen goods. The best way to ensure you don't end up with a stolen vehicle is to buy your used car from a reputable dealer. Not only will the chance of buying a problem vehicle be much smaller, resolving any issue will be much simpler if the need arises.
The following five tips will help to protect you from becoming the victim of buying a cloned used car: 1. VEHICLE IDENTIFICATION NUMBER: Check the VIN - Every vehicle sold has a VIN. This number should match the number on the title and registration. The VIN is located on the driver's side above the dashboard, inside the driver door and under the hood. Look for any signs that these numbers could have been tampered with.
If the windshield contains slight damages, such as scratch marks around the area, or there are scratches or gouges on the dashboard, there is a strong possibility that the VIN has been replaced. If so, the car is probably stolen, and it's best to move on. 2. MAINTENANCE RECORDS: You should also inspect all maintenance records, which are not only a good way to see if the car was stolen, but also will give you a hint of how well the car has been taken care of. Checking the mileage over time on the maintenance records is one good step to ensure that the seller did not tamper with the odometer. 3.
INTUITION: Trust your instincts. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. If you feel suspicious about a vehicle or the seller, walk away. Even if the vehicle was not stolen, reconstructed after flood damage or older than it appears, it's not worth taking the risk. There are plenty of other used cars available.
4. LOW SALE PRICE: If the car seller is asking a ridiculously low price for the vehicle, inquire why. Smart buyers usually research car prices online before purchasing.
To check current car values simply search for a similar vehicle on a popular car classified website. If the vehicles asking price is significantly lower, be suspicious, the car could be stolen or there may be something else wrong with it. You don't want to end of with a lemon either. 5. REGISTRATION PAPERS: The registration papers will give you some clues about the vehicle.
Make sure the license plate on the car matches the numbers on the registration papers. Make sure the owner's name matches the sellers - and ask for picture ID.
ABOUT THE WRITERS
David Leonhardt and Corey Rozon are Canadian freelance ghostwriters.
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