Used Car Dealers Beware: Watch out for VIN Cloning

ABC News - January 24, 2015

View this ABC news footage to hear about the “VIN cloning” cri­sis – and how Car­fax and the Nation­al Insur­ance Crime Bureau (NICB) unmasked the clever scheme bring­ing in big bucks for thieves. The cur­rent own­er of the pre­vi­ous­ly stolen car is now with­out a vehi­cle.

Deal­ers can play an impor­tant role in edu­cat­ing cus­tomers about VIN cloning fraud. Here’s a resource arti­cle on VIN checks pro­tect­ing car shop­pers and own­ers from VIN fraud. Anoth­er CARFAX arti­cle informs cus­tomers about what typ­i­cal­ly hap­pens to their car if it gets stolen.

As a CARFAX Advan­tage Deal­er, we can help you avoid end­ing up with a vehi­cle you can­not sell. Use the ‘CARFAX for Deal­ers’ app to help iden­ti­fy poten­tial cloned or stolen vehi­cles at trade-in and auc­tion.

  •  Addi­tion­al­ly, as a CARFAX Advan­tage Deal­er, you can run all the CARFAX Vehi­cle His­to­ry Reports you need, earn­ing con­sumer trust and pro­tect­ing your deal­er­ship from a sit­u­a­tion that could affect your busi­ness.
  • And with con­sumers going to the all-new CARFAX.com to shop on CARFAX® Used Car List­ings™ for cars with a free CARFAX report, make sure your inven­to­ry is list­ed there.
  • To become a CARFAX Advan­tage Deal­er or learn more about CARFAX® Used Car List­ings™, call 888–788‑7715.
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