The Rise of VIN Cloning Car Selling Scams
If there is ever a time that you come across a really good deal on a used car that seems too good to be true, in almost all cases, it usually is. In the U.S there have been a growing number of these special “deals” and “bargains”, offered to those looking for used vehicles. These car selling scams will cost you thousands upon thousands of dollars. One of the fastest-growing scams in the auto industry is the “VIN cloning” scam.
VIN cloning is when a person takes the legally registered VIN number and applies it to a stolen car. This practice is also known as car cloning. A lot of unsuspecting car buyers get tricked more often than one would think. In fact, just recently, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (the FBI), broke up a very large car theft industry in which the VIN numbers of over one thousand cars were stolen, all totally about $25 million dollars.
If you are looking to protect yourself from these car selling scams, here are some important steps to follow:
- Always make sure that the actual VIN matches the VIN that is on the car title
- While doing car research, get a full, detailed history report on the vehicle
- Find a trusted mechanic and have the car inspected from top to bottom
If you have the misfortune of buying a cloned vehicle talking to a dealer fraud attorney is an option. They might be able to get your money back is the best option.