Buying a car on the secondary market always carries a certain risk, especially if the buyer does not pay due attention to checking the car. With this approach, the probability of getting big money is extremely high, and you don’t have to go far for examples – there are a lot of such situations around the country.
Some time ago an auto-picker Maxim Shelkov posted a video on his Youtube channel about a used 2014 Infiniti QX80. A gullible buyer bought a Japanese SUV in Moscow for 2.5 million rubles, without even bothering to check the car.
Already in the process of registering a car in his hometown, the man suspected that he had been deceived, and Maxim Shelkov confirmed his fears, while talking in detail about the widespread fraudulent scheme. What you need to know in order not to repeat the fate of an unlucky customer?
A car from Belarus and Kazakhstan is a reason to be wary
You can understand whether the seller is trying to deceive you by looking at the vehicle’s passport. So, in the case of the aforementioned “Date”, the blogger immediately drew attention to column No. 18 – “Country of export of the vehicle”. If the latter includes Kazakhstan or Belarus, then this is already a wake-up call that there may be something wrong with the car.
This is due to the fact that fraudsters are actively using the scheme according to which a car is stolen in Russia, while “their own man” in one of the mentioned countries, who has access to local car databases, finds a copy that looks as close as possible to a stolen car and merges its registrations to the hijackers. data.
The latter make a kind of “double” out of the car they have in their hands, passing it off as a car actually driven from Belarus or Kazakhstan.
It was possible to refuse not only from buying, but even from viewing such a car at the very initial stage – for this it was necessary to “punch” the car through the online check service Autocode or Car history, which would immediately show the discrepancy between the declared data and the real ones. A paid report costs literally three hundred rubles, but it allows you to avoid such unpleasant situations.
Of course, you should not immediately refuse to buy a car just because it was imported from the mentioned countries, but in this case, the car must be checked thoroughly, starting with the marking.
Trying to sell a stolen car, the attackers are trying to get rid of all factory markings by removing or replacing them with fake ones, that is, containing data from real cars from Belarus and Kazakhstan.
For example, you can understand that there is a twin car in front of you by the seat belts. The latter come from the factory with special tags. They indicate the date of manufacture of the belts, which should more or less coincide with the date of manufacture of the car itself.
If these tags are missing (cut off), then the buyer should be alert and check other components of the machine, which also indicate the date of manufacture. It is not possible to remove all of them, which means that with the proper approach, the scammers can be brought to light.
Spoiled / interrupted VIN numbers
In an effort to hide the real history of the car, attackers often overwrite the VIN number on the frame, indicating a completely different index instead. Most often, all this is not done very carefully, so a fake index can, for example, be distinguished by other fonts. They do the same with the VIN number on the car’s engine, but here the letters and numbers are simply cut down, making the code unreadable.
Note that a car with fake or spoiled VIN numbers cannot be passed by customs, and even more so, registered, which means if the seller claims that it was driven from the aforementioned Belarus and Kazakhstan, then you have a real swindler trying to sell a stolen car -double.
Returning to the unlucky buyer of the aforementioned 2014 Infiniti QX80, which in fact turned out to be a QX56 of the 2011 model year, you frankly cannot envy him. Not only did he significantly overpay for an older car, but he also faced the problem of registering the car.
At the same time, all these troubles could be easily avoided by punching the vehicle through one of the many online services such as “Autocode”… This service costs literally 300 rubles, but it allows you to protect yourself from buying potential auto junk.