Cars stolen from abroad running on our city streets

One of the things i often wonder when i see so many new and high class cars (e.g. prados, mercs and ferraris) on the roads is, how do they get here this quick. Ofcourse, there are people who have the money, or who are that financially savvy enough to get the loans, but still, it takes time for cars to get through the red tape. Seems like atleast “some” of these cars come here stolen from other countries.

EVEN Detective Sergeant Gerry Bashford, a veteran of Victoria Police’s organised motor vehicle theft squad, thought it was odd the day he received a phone call from a British counterpart in Pakistan.

His colleague had just seen a new Toyota Prado luxury four-wheel-drive with NSW number plates drive past him on the streets of the former Pakistani capital, Karachi.

And this was one car which had its orignal plates on. What about others who get them changed… what then? Read complete story here.

Question: If you knew the car you’re buying was originaly stolen, even if you are going through completely legal means to buy it yourself, would you still go ahead and buy it?

3 Comments so far

  1. d0ct0r (unregistered) on June 15th, 2007 @ 2:57 pm

    well well SUVs and expensive cars running on foreign number plates mostly doesn’t mean that they’re stolen from foreign country.. its a fashion here to have UK number plate or Dubai number plate on cars and they’re mostly unregistered cars and local number plate isn’t issued to them.. so instead of using AFR2007 they keep the existing UK number while the vehicle is on the road…

    i do agree that expensive cars are stolen in west and sold in different country and definitely there must have been some shipped here too but not that much..

  2. d0ct0r (unregistered) on June 15th, 2007 @ 3:29 pm

    original owners also export their vehicles in concealed containers misdeclaring it as industrial scrap and forged documents and once it reaches the destination they report the vehicle as stolen and commit insurance fraud..

  3. Cyrum (unregistered) on June 15th, 2007 @ 5:44 pm

    as nation we are BAD ! we report car stolen elsewhere conceal it in container….ship to Pakistan in our name or some relatives’ name as scrap, save duty and …….!

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