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Check first with PNP-HPG before buying 2nd-hand cars

  • Written by Alfred Dalizon
  • Published in Nation
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THE Philippine National Police Highway Patrol Group yesterday reiterated its advisory to the public to be wary of buying 2nd-hand motor vehicles due to the existence of syndicates selling stolen used cars and SUVs or those with fraudulent Land Transportation Office registration papers.
   
“Once again, we’re calling on interested buyers of second-hand motor vehicles including cars, SUVs, vans and motorcycles to first check with us the records of the vehicle being offered for sale through the internet and other schemes to prevent the possibility that they may end up buying stolen vehicles,” said PNP-HPG director Senior Superintendent Arnold D. Gunnacao.
   
In a report to PNP Officer-in-Charge, Deputy Director General Leonardo A. Espina, the official said a number of people including retired government officials and employees and businessmen have been accosted by PNP-HPG agents while in possession of stolen motor vehicles. Last week, a Filipino-Chinese businessman was stopped by patrolling HPG Task Force Limbas operatives for driving a suspected stolen car.
   
“I’m asking interested buyers anew to be discerning enough and check with us first the records of the second-hand motorcycles being offered for sale in different websites like Sulit.com. They should be discerning enough in order to protect themselves and their hard-earned money from thieves,” the PNP-HPG director said.    
           
Gunnacao said they have also recorded several cases of owners of stolen motorcycles who were surprised to discover that their missing motorbikes are being offered for sale through Sulit.Com.
   
The PNP-HPG has recommended that Section 12 or Republic Act 6539 or the Anti-Carnapping Act ‘must be expanded to include ‘replacing’ the original serial numbers of motor vehicle engines, engine blocks or chassis. “This is to cover the new modus operandi wherein the original serial numbers are scraped off completely and replaced with new numbers that adhere to factory specifications making it difficult to detect the replacement or substitution made. This will cover the “Lipat-Bahay” modus operandi wherein the working/serviceable parts inside a stolen motor vehicle engine are transferred inside the engine block of a legitimate motor vehicle, often previously declared total wreck,’ Gunnacao said.