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Vehicle Identification Number Cloning Scams

A rash of stolen cars with cloned VINs or Vehicle Identification Numbers is becoming a growing national problem.  VIN cloning occurs when the VIN of a stolen vehicle is replaced with the VIN of a similar vehicle.

Thieves get the VINs from the Internet, car lots or parked cars.  They then forge tags and stickers with the "clean" VIN and place them on stolen cars.  The stolen vehicle is then sold either to unsuspecting car dealers or individuals.

The crooks are able to get away with this scam because states don't share this type of information with one another.  So a thief could get a VIN in one state and place it on a number of similar stolen cars then sell those cars in different states. It's not unusual for one VIN to be cloned and used on three or four stolen cars.

You can protect yourself by getting a CARFAX Record Check or a Vehicle History Report from before committing to buying a vehicle.  If the vehicle has been registered in more than one state check further, because this could be a red flag.

Certain high line vehicles are often targets for VIN cloning like Cadillac Escalade, BMW X5, Mercedes ML 320, Toyota 4-Runner and Nissan Pathfinder.  Other SUVs are also very popular cloning targets.  Be especially careful when buying cars from Canada.  There is a lot of VIN cloning going there.

BEWARE of Making a Very Costly Mistake!

Millions of previously owned vehicles have many costly hidden problems.  Some need very expensive mechanical repairs, while others may have been damaged or even Declared a Total Loss in a wreck, or damaged in a storm or by floods.  Still others may have been repurchased from their original owner by the manufacturer as a "Lemon," only to eventually find it's way back out into the marketplace!  (Thats Right!  The car manufacturers sell "Buy Backs" or "Lemons" right back to the car dealers at auction!)

So, what's a poor unsuspecting car buyer to do?  Well, before you finalize any used car purchase, get a CARFAX Record Check or a Vehicle History Report from

By finding out the FULL History of a used vehicle, you can avoid purchasing cars with serious problems, and you can confirm that the car in question has a Clean Background for your own peace of mind!  Read what one satisfied CARFAX user has to say:

"CARFAX gave me the confidence to buy a car from a dealer or a private party. The report had a lot of information which helped me make my decision. I saved myself from many salvaged cars with the help of CARFAX. My advice to friends who want to buy a car is...CARFAX. It is a great service and keep doing the good job."

Narayanan Lakshmanan
Redlands, CA

Get Your CARFAX Record Check or a Vehicle History Report from Now!

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