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MyCarCheck.com provides vital evidence in cars stolen for export case
MyCarCheck.com - the UK’s No.1 vehicle provenance website - has saved millions of people from making an expensive used car mistake. Its comprehensive database recently helped Hertfordshire Constabulary to achieve a great result in Operation Ping Pong, which targets crooks involved in vehicle crime.
Two Range Rovers stolen in Hertfordshire were seized by Bedfordshire police while being loaded into a sea container in Luton. It became clear that they had undergone basic cloning, so they could go undetected until being shipped.
A spokesman for CDL Vehicle Information Services (which owns MyCarCheck.com), commented: "Because we hold up to 60 fields of data for every vehicle registered in the UK – including whether it has ever been scrapped, stolen or clocked – we can often help in such cases. We work closely with the police, AVCIS (the Association of Chief Police Officers' Vehicle Crime Intelligence Service), IAATI (the International Association of Auto Theft Investigators) and other interested parties."
"In this instance, our Police Liaison Officer personally handled the research and the data he provided proved vital. In a great result for Operation Ping Pong, four people were successfully convicted and further container-loads of cars were recovered, some of which were already en-route to East Africa. People who commit vehicle crime are often involved in other illegal activities and one of the men found guilty was reportedly wanted abroad for other serious offences."
A spokesman for AVCIS added: "There is an insatiable appetite for certain vehicles in Africa and the system for exporting by container ship is open to criminal abuse. This is increasing vehicle crime in the UK. If imported correctly into Africa a vehicle attracts a high degree of import duty, up to 80%, so illegally cutting out the tax represents a huge profit margin. At AVCIS we work closely with the shipping lines, freight forwarding companies and data holders, such as CDL, to identify containers carrying cars and to establish if these vehicles are what they declare to be."
In 2010, MyCarCheck.com and MyTextCheck delivered 2.2m consumer checks, which equates to 27% of all vehicles that changed hands in the UK. Parent company CDL performs over 1m vehicle data checks a day for companies including AutoExpress, CompareTheMarket, Go-Compare, Moneysupermarket, Swiftcover and WhatCar?.
It uses up-to-the-minute information from the Police National Computer (PNC), the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA), the Association of British Insurers (ABI) and major finance houses including Lloyds TSB.
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