Whistleblower: VIN scam hits car dealers and car buyers

  • Article by: ALEJANDRA MATOS , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 15, 2014 - 10:28 PM

Late last year, Pat McCoy received an alarming letter from the Minnesota State Patrol. The 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt he had purchased from a Bloomington dealership four months earlier may have been stolen.

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csjohn1Feb. 15, 1411:29 PM

Not a lawyer, but I can't imagine a customer would be left hanging after he bought a stolen car from a legitimate car dealership. For heavens sake, the car was stolen!

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johnmooseFeb. 16, 14 6:26 AM

oh yes it is--thats why the hidden vins are there. they need to checked--yes if the car sellers knows and does not check they are not only liable but guilty as sin.

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caresalotFeb. 16, 14 7:41 AM

Bravo to Lupient for making this right for the Mr. McCoy. I just might have to buy my next car from them.

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dirletonFeb. 16, 14 9:49 AM

Interesting story --- but I didn't need another reason to never do any business with this dealership.

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fuhrmannFeb. 18, 14 5:55 AM

Dirlton and johnmoose: did either of you read the story. Lupient is taking the total loss on the car to reimburse the customer. By law, it is the customer's loss and they would only have recourse to sue the person who was guilty of fraud, which was not Lupient. Lupient would have had to do a very expensive job (drop the engine) on this car to find the fraud. There is no dealer that is going to do that on every car they sell. Actually, on some cars in the past, the hidden VIN is not as hard to get to. On mine, you only have to partially remove the steering column to see it.

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