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Top 10 ways to avoid buying a stolen vehicle:
Carefully examine the public VIN plate on the dash of the vehicle.
Ask for proof of ownership and identification from the seller.
Check the VIN on the public Canadian Police Information Centre (CPIC) website
Consider online services such as CARFAX or CARPROOF.
Google the VIN.
If the vehicle is listed for sale in another province or another country, the listing may appear on Google indicating the possibility of a clone.
This will notify you of any liens, as well as the status of the vehicle. REMEMBER: this is NOT a stolen vehicle check!
Bring a friend.
It’s always a good idea to have another set of eyes to witness the transaction and corroborate any discussions with the seller.
Question low sale prices
If the asking price is too good to be true, ask why. Be suspicious if the seller demands cash. It’s a good idea to complete any cash transactions at a financial institution.
Keep detailed records of the transaction.
Retain original copies of bills of sale, registrations, service records etc.
Do not allow your desire to buy the vehicle override your intuition.
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