Police Seize Car Bought on Craigslist - wtvr

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A Chesterfield woman is the owner of a new car. She bought it on Craigslist for her son.

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Jackie

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Thanks Shelby Brown for doing such a great job .When no one wanted to bring this story to public Shelby Brown did.And Larry Green was the auto shop that looked over the car to make sure things where good with the car by the way has been the shop I trust to do my work have been going there for years.Thanks every one Jackie Hernandez
Skippy

Chesterfield, VA

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If it sounds to good...........

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Highland Springs, VA

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Skippy wrote:
If it sounds to good..........
No, not too good. The deal sounds bad anyway. If the car in the picture is the actual car she bough, that would make it a 92-95 Honda Civic. I wouldn't pay more than $1,200 for one anyway!
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Richmond, VA

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sounds dumb if you ask me who would pay that much for a car off of craigslist, you were asking to get got dosent sound right proably why no one would take the story... sounds like the mother knew more...
Mom of Two

Midlothian, VA

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Aug 17, 2010
 
I know very little about cars, but how can a mechanic tell if a motor has been stolen? She was told that the car had a motor from another vehicle in it. Plus, running the VIN number will tell you if the vehicle is stolen, not the motor, correct? Plus, the police said they were watching this vehicle on-line to see who bought it. Why didnít they act like a buyer and go pick it up from the original seller?
Mitch

Chesterfield, VA

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Aug 17, 2010
 
Glad this woman has her car back, but sure makes me question purchasing anything through CraigsList. I doubt she knew any more than it looked like a decent car for her son, and the money likely sounded good to her. It is a Honda, after all, and they hold their value well.

Also - pet peeve here - people please, please stop saying "VIN Number". It's redundant. You don't need to add "Number" to "Vehicle Identification Number". thanks.
Opinion

Richmond, VA

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Aug 17, 2010
 
This woman would have no idea if the engine was stolen. I don't know too many people checking or running numbers on engines, transmissions or other related items before a purchase unless it's a classic, numbers matching, etc. I understand the police taken the car for evidence but it's doubtful she will get it back. I hope she gets her money back but if she doesn't she could file a suit. In the real world most of us know how that works out though.
chris

Glen Allen, VA

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Aug 17, 2010
 
you can buy cars off craigslist?wow,I thought that site was for prostitutes and walmart sales.
beentheredonetha t

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Aug 17, 2010
 
If the engine was replaced with one that was offered as an option....say some models are offered with a 4 cylinder and a 6 cylinder as an option...the Vin will tell you what engine is in the vehicle when it left the factory......doubt many people go that far in checking out a used buy...
The Voice

Colonial Heights, VA

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Aug 17, 2010
 
Stick with Ebay, it's safer. I've purchased a two vintage, collectible vehicles on Ebay and never had a problem.
Andrew

Ruckersville, VA

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People don't even realize that drug sells can easily be done with craigslist ads. All someone got to do is put a vehicle on CL with it for sale and then when the "buyer" comes buy the car they could actually be buying the drugs from the vehicle. Don't know if its happened but think about it. Its that simple.

As for this story.. Checking the vin number is only 1 step of many. Not only checking the vin number of the vehicle but also check the vin number of the motor. Many people dont' know that alot of vehicles motors have a vin number. If it doesnt match then it means the motors been replaced.

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Aug 18, 2010
 
Mom of Two wrote:
I know very little about cars, but how can a mechanic tell if a motor has been stolen? She was told that the car had a motor from another vehicle in it. Plus, running the VIN number will tell you if the vehicle is stolen, not the motor, correct? Plus, the police said they were watching this vehicle on-line to see who bought it. Why didnít they act like a buyer and go pick it up from the original seller?
I can't speak for other car brands, but on every single Honda engine (and transmission) the VIN is branded on a metal plate, which is the same number as the vehicle it came out of. If the vehicle comes up stolen, the VIN on the engine will obviously be linked to it.
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Aug 18, 2010
 
People are really loosing their mind these days. I don't recommend Craigslist to anyone. I hear horrible stories about things that have been done to people on their. And now this.
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Aug 18, 2010
 
Mitch wrote:
Glad this woman has her car back, but sure makes me question purchasing anything through CraigsList. I doubt she knew any more than it looked like a decent car for her son, and the money likely sounded good to her. It is a Honda, after all, and they hold their value well.
Also - pet peeve here - people please, please stop saying "VIN Number". It's redundant. You don't need to add "Number" to "Vehicle Identification Number". thanks.
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T Mom

Mechanicsville, VA

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Aug 18, 2010
 
You shouldn't blame CL when the car was first traded off of Va Driven site. The sites didn't have anything to do with it. It was the theives that took advantage of innocent people that are to blame here not the Craigslist.
The awarness here should be to check out what you buy from anywhere whether on a website or newspaper or with a for sale sign down the street. We all got taken advantage of and this could happen to anyone ! It was sad anyone had to go through that !
And I know this because I am that Innocent Sandston man's Mom.
Biker in Richmond

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i like to add too that Craigslist is not to blame on this matter. Ebay is probably the best source for bying cars. Ebay makes seller give up banking info, personal info, and gives credit/point/score for being a good ebayer and so forth. That way you know the source of the vehicle or item is from a somewhat reputable source based off their feedback rating from buyers. Of course that is not always 100% but definately better than craigslist method.

Now all that fancy technology and such cost, which is why it cost to list on ebay wheras its free to list on craigslist. I have used both sites to positive effect. The stolen engine deal is something that would have gone past me too if the seller stated up front that the motor is not the originally motor. Hondas, Acuras, Toyota and some Nissans are famous for motor swaps. The older platforms were literally set up for this in the 1st place. JDM or Japanese Domestic Market engines can be bought from importers all over the east or west coast of the country which tend to have higher power characteristics than the American makes and model we get due to our stringent emmission laws and requirment / certifications. In Japan, after 40,000 miles or so, they are required to junk / remove cars from service as per their emmission/ laws in their country. Those motors are typically great running machines that are more powerful than American models. The exporters know this, sell them and they wind up on USA shores. Now, if a car owner has engine problems or want to upgrade their car they simply buy these JDM motors from importers in this country and they have a faster/better car in their hand a la Fast and Furious Series (The Movie)

with the above mentioned in mind, some folks find it profitable to steal us innocent owners car/ motors / swap in their own cars and so forth. What we need to take from this is moving forward, Carfax the VIN on cars and motors to be sure you are getting a legitament car.

That is a 92-95 generation Civic in the pic. If that was the actual car with a New "So-called motor" in it, I can see folks getting excited and paying up for the car since it would technically add to the value of that 1200-1500 car. New motor, popular body style could equal 2500- 3500 on the car market for tuners in the know.

Personally, I wouldn't buy a car with a swapped out motor unless I have the full paperwork, receipts, and info /source where motor came from.

Be safe and take advantage of carfax and autocheck in your future buying!
Cakes

Richmond, VA

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Aug 19, 2010
 
T Mom wrote:
You shouldn't blame CL when the car was first traded off of Va Driven site. The sites didn't have anything to do with it. It was the theives that took advantage of innocent people that are to blame here not the Craigslist.
The awarness here should be to check out what you buy from anywhere whether on a website or newspaper or with a for sale sign down the street. We all got taken advantage of and this could happen to anyone ! It was sad anyone had to go through that !
And I know this because I am that Innocent Sandston man's Mom.
WAY TO GO MRS T!!!

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