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 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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