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One Man's Loss Turns Into Someone's Treasure

Mar 11, 2008
In the past several decades, the government has been confiscating vehicles from people associated with crime. These vehicles are taken from thieves, people associated with tax evasion, and other crimes that are usually non-violent. These cars are temporarily taken off of the street and quickly put up for sale by the government. The only way the government does not lose money is by trying its best not to keep an inventory. What this means is that the government marks down the value of the car drastically, sometimes up to 90% off, so that the car will be sold quickly. The cars that are confiscated range from rusty old beaters all the way up to new models with luxury packages and supped up engines. No matter the make, model, year, or condition, the government wants to get rid of it and wants to get rid of it fast. This is where a select few of individuals have begun to find perfectly fine, reliable, up-to-date cars that are extremely affordable.

There is only one unknown variable in all of the glory. The government does not perform tests on the vehicle or background checks to ensure it is not a lemon or to make sure it was not in some past accident that left the vehicle with a hidden structural defect; however, this can be done by anyone with a computer with today's technology. Every car has a VIN number, a vehicle identification number, which stays with the vehicle from the minute it rolled off the assembly line that tracks accidents and other potential problems that the car has run into. This number can serve as a background check, just like a background check for individuals applying for jobs, and can make or break a deal if you are looking into buying one of these confiscated cars.

There are many places online to go to run the number through the system for red flags. Carfax.com and Autocheck.com are two very reputable companies that will do this for you for a relatively low price. The knowledge and peace of mind you will gain by knowing all, if any, accidents the vehicle was part of will help ascertain if the price paid was good. Keep in mind however, that even if a vehicle was part of a accident, that it doesn't necessarily mean the car is corrupt, broken, or indeed have hidden structural damage, but if you have the report in hand as you are giving the car a look over for yourself you may want to focus on certain parts of the car to ensure everything was taken care of as it should have.

The confiscated cars are usually a great way to make a profit if you plan to resell them or just a great way to purchase a car for yourself. With the help of running the vehicles VIN number, you can ensure purchasing a quality vehicle that hopefully will last longer in your possession than that of the criminal.
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