Purchasing a second-hand vehicle can be risky. You can have a sense of how the car will function but you will never know for sure. You will have to trust your instinct. But there is another risk when you buy a used car: You could be tricked and buy a car with a fake title! This has happened to a lot of people.
The title or ‘’pink slip’’ is the ownership of the car which is determined by the named registered owner. Used vehicles could have a long history of previous owners and the title bears a history of previous owners. The title can show you the number of the car’s previous owners.
Second-hand cars market can be shady.
There are people who are car sellers that use fake titles to trick potential buyers about the history of the car, it will mislead the buyer and the dealer could get more money out of the car’s sale of what it is actually worth. If you are buying a car you need to be very careful with the documents of the car since you could be scammed and the documents may not be authentic. We will tell you what you need to know so that you can identify if the title is real or not.
What happens to stolen cars?
There are three things car thieves can do to get money out of a stolen car:
-They could find a way to sell it offshore.
-They could dismantle it and sell the parts.
-They can get a fake pink slip and sell it.
It is actually a whole thing getting a fake title because you need to supplant the identity of another car and if you buy a car with a false pink slip you might never know the truth. It is known that they use top-notch technologies to clone the VIN number to fix it on the stolen car it is almost impossible for buyers to identify it as a false title.
You might already know what a VIN number is, anyway, it is a 17 digits alphanumeric unique code which contains all the important information of the car such as the engine type and place of manufacture among other details. It means Vehicle Identification Number and it should be on the title and registration.
You may not face difficulties until you try to sell the vehicle. Your buyer might check the vehicle’s history and find out many accidents in which you might have been never even involved or knew about.
To protect yourself against buying a car with a fake title you can go to a certified seller, make sure that the seller is trustworthy.
Go to the seller, inspect the car, if you are buying it from an individual seller make sure that the address on the registration is where they live, decline inspecting the car in a different place check the VIN and make sure the VIN on the car matches the one on the title and/or registration, try not to pay in cash but through a bank transfer or check and obtain a vehicle report (which you can get from us ;) for only 10 dollars).
By knowing how these scams work you can avoid buying a car with a fake identity.
If you are dubious about the title of the car that you might buy, we can help you, leave it to the professionals, we can check the car’s history. Our help will prevent you from making a mistake by buying a car with a fake title.
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