Staveley Head

Staveley Head

February 25, 2010 01:00 ET

"Cloned" Car Logbooks Threatens Used Car Sales Revival

FLINT, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Feb. 25, 2010) - Just at the time when many traders are anticipating an upsurge in the sales of used cars when the Government sponsored "cash for scrap" scheme finally comes to an end in a few weeks time, a new danger has come to light which threatens the expected recovery. The Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) has disclosed that thousands of vehicles have been stolen and cloned in the last two years using log-books which have been misappropriated from the DVLA.

ACPO has revealed that their figures indicate 11,000 stolen vehicles worth over £13 million have been cloned with legitimate vehicles, using the stolen logbooks, thus enabling them to be sold on the open market. Police are identifying ten such frauds every week, but there is still some 130,000 of the logbooks, which were stolen in 2006, unaccounted for.

A spokesman for Staveley Head, one of the UK's leading motor trade insurance providers, said "With some 130,000 blank logbooks missing there is massive potential for this fraud to escalate. I would strongly advise all car and van buyers to only deal with reputable traders. The DVLA has published a list of the missing logbook serial numbers on its website and I would suggest that all buyers check the serial number of the logbook for the car they are buying against that list. Particularly if they are buying privately. Experts are predicting an improvement in used car sales in the coming months and we all hope that this development does not adversely affect that expectation.

In an interview on BBC radio DCI Mark Hooper from ACPO said "We are working closely with the DVLA to investigate the theft of a large number of vehicle registration documents. There are some simple ways in which the public can protect themselves and we urge that every care is taken."

The DVLA says it has done everything possible to bring the theft of the blank registration documents to the attention of the public as quickly as possible, and they are continuing to work with the police.

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