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Stolen Vehicle Prevention

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Stolen Vehicles & Indicia Verification

stolen vehicle prevention

It is a crime to knowingly purchase, sell, otherwise acquire or dispose of a stolen motor vehicle.

If a Dealer accepts a vehicle as a trade-in and learns the vehicle has been reported as stolen, the vehicle must be returned to the rightful owner.

Should you unknowingly sell a stolen vehicle you are required to issue a full refund to the buyer.

License plates are registration “indicia” and combined with the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) can help identify stolen vehicles — before purchasing or taking one on trade.

VINs can be checked via the National Motor Vehicle Title Information System (NMVTIS) that provides title information from states across the country.

Vehicle Theft Prevention

Vehicle thefts occur more often where large groups of cars are parked at any time of day for extended periods of time — including Dealerships.

Here are some tips you can use to avoid becoming the victim of vehicle theft.

  • Never leave keys in an unattended vehicle
  • Always roll up windows and lock all doors
  • Store keys in a secure location such as a safe
  • Use a locked gate or “blocker” car to restrict lot access after business hours