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How Not To Buy A Stolen Car

By James Halliday

Thousands of stolen cars are brought in the UK each year by completely innocent buyers. In some cases these cars are re-possessed by the police and returned to the original owners, leaving the buyer without a vehicle or the money that they paid for it. In the majority of cases the perpetrator of the crime is never caught. Sometimes, the buyer is also charged by the police for receiving stolen property.

To avoid the heartache of having brought a stolen vehicle carry out some basic checks. Take the original registration document and compare the number plate and VIN number with those on the car, if they do not match do not consider buying the car. Examine the bodywork looking for signs that the car has been recently resprayed a different colour. If it has been resprayed, be suspicious many thieves change the colour of the vehicles that they steal.

Make sure that you see the vehicle at the sellers home. The address should match that listed on the V5C, verify that the person actually lives there. A seller should be willing to show you a utility bill with their name and address on it or their driver’s licence.

If a car seems too cheap this is another warning sign of it being a stolen vehicle or of there being some other major problem with it. Even if the car is not stolen there is a strong possibility that the car has outstanding finance against it. If you buy a car like this you can find yourself in an argument with the finance company to whom the money is owed.

Once you are sure that you want to buy the car do a final check using one of the many checking companies that are available, such as These companies will search the necessary databases to ensure that you are not buying a stolen car.

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MLA Style Citation:
Halliday, James "How Not To Buy A Stolen Car." How Not To Buy A Stolen Car. 12 Jul. 2010. 12 Mar 2015 <>.

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Halliday, J (2010, July 12). How Not To Buy A Stolen Car. Retrieved March 12, 2015, from

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Halliday, James "How Not To Buy A Stolen Car"

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