Arlington Police Warning Car Shoppers About Used Car Scam

Arlington Police Warning Car Shoppers About Used Car Scam


POLICE IN NORTH TEXAS HAVE SEIZED DOZENS OF VEHICLES SAYING USED CAR DEALERSHIPS HAVE BEEN MISLEADING CUSTOMERS. WE HAVE MORE ABOUT THIS STING OPERATION. Reporter: WELL, WE’RE TALKING ABOUT ODOMETER TAMPERING. IT’S BASICALLY WHEN SOMEONE GETS AHOLD OF A USED SPARK MAKE IT LOOK LIKE YOU’RE GETTING THE DEAL OF A LIFETIME. IT’S CALLED ROLLING BACK, THOUSANDS OF MILES, MAGICALLY ERASED FROM A USED CAR AS THE HAND OFFICES A DEALER SHIP. A CUSTOMER WHO DIDN’T DO THEIR HOMEWORK NEVER KNOW THIS DIFFERENCE UNTIL SUDDENLY THEIR CAR FAILS ON THEM. WHAT DO THE SEATS LOOK LIKE? WHAT DO THE ARMRESTS LOOK LIKE? WHAT DOES THE STEERING WHEEL LOOK LIKE? DOES THAT MATCH THE NUMBER OF MILES THAT ARE ON THE CAR? Reporter: BRIAN IS THE COMMANDER FOR THE AUTO CRIMES TASK FORCE, AND HE KNOWS EXACTLY WHAT TO LOOK FOR. JUST THIS WEEK, ARLINGTON POLICE TELL US HIS TASK FORCE, ALONG WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF MOTOR VEHICLES, BROUGHT IN MORE THAN 60 CARS LIKE THESE FROM THE TOO TWO LITTLE TEXAS AUTO SHOPS IN ARLINGTON. HE SAID LOOKING FOR WEAR AND TEAR IS CRUCIAL. CHECK THE CAR. DOES IT BOUNCE? DOES IT CONTINUE TO BOUNCE? THAT’S A SIGN IT HAS OLD SHOCKS ON IT. Reporter: AND SO IS DOING YOUR RESEARCH. YOUR VIN NUMBER AND TITLE TELLS YOUR VEHICLES STORY. BECAUSE OTHERWISE, YOUR CAR COULD END UP IN THIS LOT AND BECOME JUST ANOTHER CLUE IN ANOTHER INVESTIGATION. IT’S TRAGIC WHEN SOMEONE GETS DEFRAUDED BY AN UNUPYOU LUG PERSON SELLING A CAR THAT’S NOT WORTH THE ASKING PRICE. Reporter: IN THIS RECENT CASE YOU WERE JUST HEARING ABOUT, WE TALKED WITH ARLINGTON POLICE WHO SAID SO FAR THEY’VE MADE NO ARRESTS, BUT AN INVESTIGATION LIKE THIS, ACCORDING TO THE TASK FORCE COMMANDER YOU HEARD FROM, IT COULD TAKE YEARS, SO NO TELLING ON WHEN ALL OF THAT WILL HAPPEN WHEN THEY FINISH THAT INVESTIGATION. WE DID STOP BY THE SHOP. WE SHOULD MENTION THAT. AND THEY DID NOT WANT TO TALK,

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