PHILIPSBURG–The Police Force would like to help better educate the community on what to inspect before purchasing a used motor vehicle, and released some tips for residents who purchase second-hand items.
Police are concerned about the recent statistics showing a number of motor vehicles that were reported stolen. Many of these vehicles were resold at a price below their actual value.
“The buyers of these vehicles had no idea that these vehicles were stolen until later during a police investigation that these vehicles resulted to be stolen. Secondly, the notice is to help protect the innocent buyer who intends to purchase a vehicle not knowing it is stolen and might stand a great chance in losing all rights to that vehicle and never having his or her hard-earned money refunded,” according to police Wednesday.
The police have posted on the Police Facebook page a list of the documents the buyer should request from the seller and what to look out for when comparing information such as the vehicle identification number (VIN) on the documents for that vehicle.
“If the buyer does not trust the situation he or she should NOT purchase the vehicle and ask someone with more knowledge in this field for the necessary assistance. The purchasing of a used or second-hand vehicle remains sole responsibility of the buyer,” stated the police.
Visit the Police Force of Sint Maarten Facebook page for more information on this topic and pictures to illustrate the information.
Source: The Daily Herald https://www.thedailyherald.sx/islands/81316-police-warn-public-about-buying-stolen-property