Curbstoning hurts your community in two ways: loss of control and loss of revenue.

law enforcement against curbstoning

Curbstoning is the unlicensed commercial sale of vehicles for profit. It's not the ordinary citizen selling one or two vehicles. It's the hustler churning and flipping 20, 50 or more cars a year.

Research shows that up to one in five vehicles sold outside of licensed automotive dealerships are not legal private party car sales, but are in fact illegal sales of curbstoned vehicles.

Your city may already have ordinances against curbstoning, and for good reason. Despite advances in public transportation, cars remain essential to a healthy local economy. Businesses, shoppers, families, tourists - they all rely on cars and trucks. A well-regulated local used car market helps ensure that those vehicles are safe and sound.

However, curbstoners operate in the shadows, ignoring regulations, licenses, and laws. They're essentially con artists, luring transactions away from your community's licensed businesses, taking money from unsuspecting consumers, and then vanishing - only to reappear days or even hours later with another dressed-up wreck to sell.

To add insult to injury, curbstoners often use city streets and parking lots as places to showcase their "inventory." As those illicit business operations ramp up their activity, they trigger an increase in traffic - and crime - along key commuting corridors, while simultaneously taking valuable parking spaces away from local residents and businesses.

Because curbstoners operate outside the system, much of their profits are taken "tax-free," with little sales tax revenue reaching strained city coffers. Add in the lack of revenue from the licenses required of most businesses, and the cumulative effect on your city's budget can be substantial.

The passage and enforcement of anti-curbstoning regulations help your city take back economic control, support local businesses, and protect the public.