We know that vehicles are often stolen and sold for parts.  The stolen parts are dismantled through chop shops, or from cars parked on the street. The parts are sold on the second hand market, often online.

Buying stolen car parts increases the market for car crime. Any stolen parts you buy could be recovered and returned to the victim. You won’t get a refund.

Follow this advice to avoid buying potentially stolen vehicle parts:

  • buy car parts from a trusted retailer who offer refunds
  • know your consumer rights
  • if you’re buying online, check feedback on the website or via independent feedback sites such as Trustpilot to get genuine seller feedback
  • If you’re buying online, beware of private sellers advertising lots of car parts, especially from different makes and models of vehicles
  • ask the seller questions about the items they are advertising. If you’re not happy with their answers don’t buy the item - no matter how tempting it may be
  • Report suspicious items or sellers to the selling website using their report function
  • Remember - if it looks too good to be true, it probably is

Suspect it's stolen? Report it to the selling site

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