How to Avoid Buying a Stolen Vehicle?
It is paramount to check on the vehicle before you buy.
This sounds unfair, but if you buy a car privately which is later found to be stolen,
you may lose both the vehicle and the money you paid for it.
The same applies to if you purchase a car which is still under finance.
So how could you minimise the risk of buying a stolen vehicle? Please read on.
Is the price too good?
If a deal seems too good to be true, it probably is. Beware of vehicles that are significantly under-priced for their make, model, age and condition.
Are the IDs tampered-with?
Look for any evidence of grind marks, scratching or over-stamping on the vehicle’s vehicle identification number (VIN), engine number or chassis number (if its a pre-1989 vehicle), or compliance plate.
Do the IDs match the vehicle details?
The registration number, engine number, VIN or chassis number should always match.
Is the seller the actual owner?
Ask the seller for photo identification and check the details against those on the registration certificate. If you decide to buy a vehicle, insist on a signed receipt from seller that includes the date of sale, your name, the amount you paid, the VIN or chassis number and the seller’s name, address, licence number.
Get our Vehicle History Check
Our vehicle check can tell you if the vehicle has been reported stolen.
A Sample stolen result:
Stolen Records Reported.
- VIN, 14 Oct 2012, QLD, POL JUR-Q REF-Q12048772
- Plate, 14 Oct 2012, QLD, POL JUR-Q REF-Q12048772
- Engine, 14 Oct 2012, QLD, POL JUR-Q REF-Q12048772