5 Red Flags that You May Have Purchased a Stolen Car
Many courts will look at a “too good to be true” deal as proof that a person should’ve known a vehicle was stolen. In Minnesota, for instance, state law says that if a person knows or has reason to know that property was stolen, that they’re guilty of receiving stolen property. Unfortunately, getting a car for $1000 would likely fall under the having reason to know umbrella. For Minnesota residents faced with this scenario, seeking legal counsel from attorneys like the Kevin W DeVore law group or other qualified legal professionals is the best course of action.
3) Suspicious Individual – “If it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck.” If a person is discussing purchasing a vehicle from a stranger, they don’t have much to go by; but if the seller is behaving in a sketchy manner, it’s likely because they have a reason to. This is why it’s ideal to only purchase a vehicle from a known associate.
5) Seller Only Wants Cash – A big red flag that a person may be about to purchase a stolen car is if the seller will only accept cash. This is how many criminals work since there is no paper trail left when only cash is exchanged. Writing a check will ensure that the seller is traceable, and while this isn’t essential, it is important if the vehicle turns out to be stolen. If a seller absolutely refuses to take anything except cash, it’s probably a better idea just to walk away from the sale.
Unfortunately, these red flags may not be obvious, and this could lead to a person purchasing a stolen vehicle. In these situations, it’s important to immediately report the incident to the police. This will help a person’s “I didn’t know” defense.
Everyone loves a great deal, but when it comes to purchasing a car, it’s better for a person to be vigilant and know what they’re buying rather than to act instinctively and hope for the best. Purchasing stolen property can quickly land a person in jail, and even if this isn’t the end result, they’ll likely lose whatever they paid for the car.