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Dr. Frankenstien's lab...in Ingolastat!
In message <email@example.com> firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom Nas, DTP Direct bv) writes:
> Hmmm... didn't Frankenstein create a semi-human being from assembled body
> parts? Some Audis I know about are built like that! No to mention the
> stolen 80 I saw some time ago, rebuilt with another car's VIN plates... now
> *there's* a real monster!
Someone here a week or two back was asking about an ur-quattro with rust on the
seam below the driver's door ...
Over here, there's quite a scam going on. Dealers who buy cars from private
individuals don't register the cars in their own names, because that would
increment the "number of previous keepers" shown on the registration document.
A one-owner car would look like a two-owner. Car thieves pick a car on a
dealer's lot, and write down the key numbers. Then they apply for new
documents from DVLA using a Form 62. DVLA writes to the last registered owner
and asks if they still have the car. They write back and say they've sold it.
The car, at this time, is lost to official view and DVLA issues a complete and
valid set of documents to the car thief.
All the car thief has to do is steal an identical car and change its identity
to what the papers say. At the Coy's event that the UK Club attended in
August, blank VIN plates for every type of vehicle were on open sale.
We keep a database of member's cars, and look for duplicates. A few months
ago, we found one. The car had been stolen three years ago, and sold to
someone who ran it perfectly innocently for two years - he then sold it to a
club member, who registered it with the club. The club, and not the
authorities, detected the duplicate.
Committee Member, UK Audi [ur-]quattro Owners Club