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StopCurbstoning.com Introduces Interactive New Way To Fight Curbstoning

Posted on Wed, Feb 29, 2012
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StopCurbstoning.com has added new site functionality allowing individuals in the U.S. and Canada to easily report incidents of curbstoning.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Feb. 29, 2012 – StopCurbstoning.com has unveiled an exciting new tool in the fight against curbstoners: interactive maps of the U.S. and Canada that allow users to report incidents of curbstoning activity in their state or province.

Report Curbstoning in U.S. and Canada“The purpose of StopCurbstoning.com is to make people aware of this fraudulent activity and motivate them to take action,” said AutoTec President Chuck Redden. “Creating a dynamic, easy-to-use map interface that lets them report curbstoning to the proper authorities was a natural next step.”

The process for reporting curbstoning varies from state to state in the U.S., as well as in Canadian provinces and territories, where the crime is known as “curbsiding.” In some places, this process means completing an official form, while in others, it’s a direct line to an investigator — there’s no single channel. Thankfully, Stop Curbstoning has compiled the appropriate procedures from each state, province and territory in one place, and directs consumers to the appropriate agency.

And since these processes do change, StopCurbstoning.com has made it easy for individuals to contact the site if its information is ever out of date.

“We would really like to hear from state agencies who have updated their reporting procedures from a general complaint line as a result of our efforts,” Redden said. “We’d like to see this issue given the attention it deserves, because people are needlessly getting ripped off every day — and unsafe cars are making their way back onto the road.”

For more information or to report curbstoning activity, visit www.stopcurbstoning.com.  

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Topics: Stop Curbstoning, Curbsider, Canada, Municipalities, Curbers, Report Curbstoning

New White Paper Warns of Tow Truck Operators Involved in Curbstoning

Posted on Mon, Oct 24, 2011

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Stop Curbstoning has released a new article on the troubling rise in towing companies secretly conducting illicit curbstoning operations.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Oct. 24, 2011 – A growing number of people are learning how to spot and avoid a curbstoner – someone who buys low-quality cars at a deep discount, polishes them up a little bit and flips them for a profit at the expense of an unsuspecting buyer.Stop Curbstoning White Paper

But StopCurbstoning.com has released a white paper on a different kind of curbstoner: rogue tow-truck operators running illicit curbstoning and chop-shop operations out of their seemingly legitimate businesses.

“This is a lesser-known form of curbstoning that we’ve had our eye on for quite some time,” said Chuck Redden, president of AutoTec, one of the companies behind the Stop Curbstoning effort. “This white paper is our way of getting the word out to buyers, sellers and, most importantly, the proper authorities that these companies are out there – and they’re taking advantage of people every day.”

The white paper, titled “A different breed of curbstoner, and yet another way cities leak revenues,” delves into every facet of this criminal enterprise, from how towing companies acquire scores of junk cars to the tactics they use to sell them off, along with all the laws they ignore along the way – and how they avoid getting caught.

Redden said he hopes this article shines a light on these illicit operations and brings about some serious legal consequences for those involved.

“We want to get the attention of the agencies that can step in and prosecute,” Redden said, “from the local municipalities to the state DMVs, even the Department of Justice.”

The article does contain some good news, as well, reporting that many states have already made progress in thwarting these underhanded businesses.

“The era of unmonitored vehicle salvage transactions appears to be on the decline,” Redden said. “But it’s far from over yet. We hope this white paper gets more people out there informed about this lingering problem and what they can do to help stop it once and for all.”

In addition to reading the article, Redden advises consumers to remain vigilant, and to always remember that if a deal sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

To see the full case study, A different breed of curbstoner, and yet another way cities leak revenues or for more information about curbstoning and the effort to put an end to it, visit StopCurbstoning.com.

 

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StopCurbstoning.com Hits the Accelerator

Posted on Mon, Jun 27, 2011

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As the term "curbstoner" gains awareness in the general media, StopCurbstoning.com is attracting attention and web traffic. Dealers can join the fight, uniting in a common cause to stop curbstoning from harming their business and their customers. 

BIRMINGHAM, AL – June 27, 2011 – It has been over a year since AutoTec, the company behind AuctionACCESS, joined with other industry organizations to launch StopCurbstoning.com in a sustained campaign to stop curbstoning. Since its launch, the website has drawn national attention to the issue of curbstoning.stop curbstoning and all curbstoners by joinging the dealer network. NIADA and NADA members welcome

“When we started, ‘curbstoner’ was an industry term – it wasn’t a part of the general vocabulary,” Chuck Redden, president of AutoTec, says. “In the past several months, we’ve seen the term pop up more and more in news reports and legislative efforts.

StopCurbstoning.com has dramatically increased awareness among consumers and lawmakers that curbstoning isn’t just against the law – it also compromises public safety and reduces revenues.”

One recent StopCurbstoning.com report follows the trail of lost municipal revenue associated with a single curbstoner. Dealers can download printed informational tools designed to combat curbstoning and support the value and security that dealerships offer their customers.

It’s no wonder that traffic to StopCurbstoning.com has more than doubled as the issue of curbstoning attracts more and more attention.

“We urge all dealers to join the campaign to stop curbstoning,” Redden says. “Now that the issue has gained traction, we’d like to see more dealerships link their websites to StopCurbstoning.com. That shows potential customers that the dealership supports legal, licensed transactions – and, it educates customers about the risks of buying from so-called ‘private parties.’”

To join the fight against curbstoning and download dealer tools, register at www.StopCurbstoning.com.

 

Topics: Stop Curbstoning, Curbstoner, Press Release, NIADA, Legislation, Municipalities, NADA

Stop Curbstoning Releases Consumer Guide: Detecting Collision Repair

Posted on Thu, Apr 21, 2011

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Used car buyers have a new weapon in the fight against potentially dangerous used vehicles in a form of a field guide, which reveals ways to tell if a car has been repaired after a serious accident.

BIRMINGHAM, AL – April 21, 2011 – Used car buyers must navigate a minefield of unscrupulous sellers and haphazardly repaired vehicles. Among the worst offenders are “curbstoners” – unlicensed individuals who buy and sell used cars to make a quick buck from unwary victims. Unfortunately, the internet has made it even easier for these unlicensed used car dealers to advertise their wares and draw in buyers.stop-curbstoning-collision-field-guide

“Some of these guys actually weld halves of two different cars together to make what looks like one complete car,” says Charles Redden, president of AutoTec, one of the companies behind the effort to stop curbstoning. “They slap a coat of paint on it, and it looks just fine to most people.”

That’s why StopCurbstoning.com put together a handy guide to help used car buyers detect collision repair.  “A Used Car Field Guide for Detecting Collision Repair,” is an online booklet full of useful tips for spotting subpar repair work, ensuring there are no disparities between what a seller says and what the car shows.

“We gathered the easiest ways to detect repaired body damage, and put it into a guide for regular people,” Redden says. “Of course, no one can catch every bad car, but it helps to know where to look and what to look for. Armed with that information, you can tell fairly quickly if a used car is one you should walk away from.”

In addition to reading the guide, Redden advises buyers to always get a thorough inspection from an experienced mechanic, as well as a vehicle history report from a service like AutoCheck.

“Most importantly,” he added, “always buy from a licensed dealer.”

To download the full field guide, A Used Car Field Guide for Detecting Collision Repair and for more information about curbstoning and efforts to put a stop to this illegal practice, visit StopCurbstoning.com.

Topics: Stop Curbstoning, Curbstoner, News, Consumer, scams, Collision Field Guide

Case Study Puts a Price Tag on Curbstoning

Posted on Tue, Dec 7, 2010

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Curbstoned cars are often cheap, but state and local governments pay a high price. A new case study from Stop Curbstoning reveals the true cost associated with a single curbstoner.

BIRMINGHAM, AL - December 7, 2010 - A recent California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) curbstoning investigation ended with a felony arrest on 12 counts of perjury and filing false documentation. But for StopCurbstoning.com, that was just the beginning.

The organization examined the financial impact of curbstoning, using this single real-life case as an example. It found that the cities in which the curbstoner operated lost over $56,000 in sales tax revenues alone, and the state of California lost $168,000. Other financial costs included lost license revenue, lost local business, and potentially increased emergency response burdens due to unsafe vehicles – all from just one curbstoner.

“Because there are so many curbstoners out there, even small things add up to a lot,” says Charles Redden, president of AutoTec, one of the companies behind the effort to stop curbstoning. “Take the annual state license fee for used car dealers. In California it’s $176 for the first year and $126 to renew. But for every thousand curbstoners, that’s over a quarter-million dollars every two years.”

“With local governments increasingly strapped for cash, enacting and enforcing anti-curbstoning laws can be a quick way to boost revenues and enhance their communities at the same time.”

The community enhancement and public safety aspects of enforcing anti-curbstoning laws are harder to quantify, but should not be underestimated, Redden says.

“Getting curbstoned vehicles off the streets frees up parking for local businesses, reduces obstacles to traffic, and eliminates eyesores,” Redden says. “It also eliminates a major source of unsafe vehicles – cars that look okay, but have major structural damage or missing safety equipment. How do you place a dollar value on all that? It’s priceless.”

For more information, see the full case study, How Much Can Just One Curbstoner Cost Your City? For further information about curbstoning and efforts to put a stop to this illegal practice, visit StopCurbstoning.com.

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NAAA Joins AutoTec in Push to Stop Curbstoning

Posted on Mon, Jun 28, 2010
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BIRMINGHAM, AL – April 28, 2010 - AutoTec, LLC announced today that the National Auto Auction Association (NAAA) became the latest industry organization to join its fight against curbstoning.national auto auction association supports stop curbstoning, naaa

Curbstoning is the repeated “flipping” of used cars for profit, by unlicensed dealers who often pose as private parties to attract sales. This illegal activity affects hundreds of thousands of consumers annually, defrauding them of value and putting them into unsafe motor vehicles.

“The way I see it, why buy from someone parking on the side of the road?” asks Frank Hackett, Executive Director of NAAA. “You don’t even know if that’s the owner.”

“Curbstoners are just out to make a quick buck,” Hackett says. “People who buy a car from them have nowhere to go if they have a complaint. The curbstoner just disappears. There’s no way to arbitrate.”

Chuck Redden, president of AutoTec, agrees. “Curbstoning isn’t the same thing as a private party sale,” Redden says. “With a genuine private party, you have a home phone number, or at least the seller’s address on the vehicle title. That’s information a curbstoner will either misrepresent, or won’t provide at all.”

“Our mission has always been to help licensed dealers do business more efficiently in the wholesale marketplace,” Redden says. “One big side benefit to our AuctionACCESS product is ensuring that everyone in the auction lanes holds a valid license. That requirement alone denies curbstoners a major potential supply source.”

“AuctionACCESS is the gatekeeper in identifying legitimate dealers,” Hackett adds. “I’m glad to see that the group at AutoTec is trying to educate consumers and others about the dangers posed by curbstoners and the cars they sell. We at the NAAA fully support that goal.”

For more information, or to join the effort to stop curbstoning, visit www.stopcurbstoning.com.


About NAAA
The National Auto Auction Association (NAAA) was founded in 1948. It represents more than 324 auto auctions both domestic and international, with more than 9.5 million units sold each year. The NAAA provides a unified voice for the auto auction industry, protects and promotes the interests of its members, and leads with the highest ethical standards.

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Black Book Joins AutoTec in Industry-Wide Effort to Stop Curbstoning

Posted on Mon, May 24, 2010

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Vehicle valuation provider Black Book has joined AutoTec in the fight against curbstoning, the ‘flipping’ of low-quality used vehicles by unlicensed dealers.

AutoTec, LLC, announced today that Black Book, a publisher of highly respected automotive wholesale value guides, has joined it and other industry leaders in the fight against curbstoning.
 
black book joins stop curbstoningCurbstoning is the sale of used vehicles by unlicensed dealers who pretend to be private parties in order to evade regulation. Their customers often get saddled with damaged, dangerous, or uninsurable vehicles – by which time the curbstoner is long gone with their cash. Curbstoning is illegal in many states, yet defrauds thousands of unwary consumers every year.
 
“We do not market our wholesale data, electronic or printed guides to consumers,” says Tom Cross, president of Black Book. “This is another way Black Book is doing its part to help support our best customers – the licensed used car dealers who rely on our wholesale valuations to run their businesses.”

“Curbstoning might not affect us directly, but it hurts our customers,” Cross continues. “When a curbstoner sells a car, he takes business away from a licensed dealer. We’ll do everything we can to help dealers have better access to customers.”

Chuck Redden, president of AutoTec, is thrilled to have Black Book’s support.

“Black Book is a premier source of wholesale information to the vehicle remarketing industry,” Redden says. “Their support underscores their commitment to keeping the wholesale marketplace fair, well-informed, and secure.”

For more information, or to join the effort to stop curbstoning, visit www.stopcurbstoning.com.

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About Black Book
Black Book® was established in 1955 in Gainesville, GA. It is the nation’s premier provider of electronic and printed vehicle valuation guides for the automotive and financial industries. Black Book is a division of the Hearst Business Media Corporation, and has offices in Georgia, California, Florida, Michigan, and Maryland. For more information, visit www.BlackBookUSA.com.

About AutoTec
AuctionACCESS was developed more than ten years ago by AutoTec, LLC, a privately held company based in Birmingham, Ala. AutoTec provides e-business solutions to the automotive remarketing industry. AuctionACCESS is the industry standard for managing access to wholesale auto auctions. It is currently used by more than 200 wholesale auto auctions across North America, with further expansion into 70 countries around the world. Visit www.auctionaccess.com for details.

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NADA Supports Efforts to Protect Car Buyers by Stopping ‘Curbstoning’

Posted on Tue, Apr 13, 2010

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Curbstoning is the repeated, unlicensed ‘flipping’ of used cars for profit. It’s a nationwide scam that hurts used car buyers, cities and local businesses. AutoTec is at the forefront of a major effort to halt this fraud.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – April 13, 2010 – Caveat emptor – “let the buyer beware” – has long been a phrase associated with buying a used car. This advice is even more relevant today since vehicles are more complex than ever with thousands of electronic sensors, interconnected systems and computer-controlled drivetrains and brakes. nada supports stop curbstoning for consumers buying used cars

On top of that, the Internet provides a lucrative feeding ground for “curbstoners,” or used car sellers posing as private parties to sell cars that often have severe damage or defects hidden beneath a freshly polished exterior. Curbstoning is the repeated buying and selling of vehicles for profit by a person posing as a private seller who does not have a dealer license.

“It’s not the guy putting a ‘for sale’ sign on his own car. It’s the guy with different cars on Craigslist every week,” says Chuck Redden, president of AutoTec, who works closely with states and municipalities to track dealer licenses. “With a curbstoner, you don’t find out there’s a problem until it’s too late. Your money is gone and you have no recourse.”

The Washington, DC-based National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) says many states limit the number of vehicles private parties can sell in a year before they have to register as used car dealers. In most states, that number is three to five cars or trucks a year.

“Curbstoners skirt the law by not taking title to the cars they sell,” says Redden. “Curbstoners may represent themselves as relatives or friends of the owner to explain a different name on the title.”

“No two used vehicles are alike. Hidden damage could be structural, mechanical or even electronic, which is often harder to detect,” says David Hyatt, NADA vice president of public affairs. “Nowadays, it’s not just a bent frame used car shoppers have to watch out for. It could be a flood-damaged vehicle, a faulty computer connection and sensor or an empty airbag module that pose safety hazards.”

stop curbstoning helps consumers be better educated when buying a car private partyStop Curbstoning” is a nationwide campaign to alert consumers about this fraudulent and potentially dangerous practice. For more information, including ways to detect curbstoned vehicles, visit www.stopcurbstoning.com

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About NADA
About NADA: The National Automobile Dealers Association, founded in 1917, is located just outside the nation’s capital. NADA represents nearly 17,000 new-car and -truck dealers, with about 37,500 franchises, both domestic and international.

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NIADA Joins AutoTec in Major Push to Stop Curbstoning

Posted on Mon, Apr 12, 2010

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The National Independent Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) has announced that it will support AutoTec in their efforts to stop curbstoning – the repeated, unlicensed “flipping” of used cars for profit and a nationwide scam that hurts consumers, cities, and local businesses.

BIRMINGHAM, AL – April 12, 2010 - AutoTec, LLC is pleased to announce that the National Independent Automobile Dealers Association (NIADA) has joined in its effort to stop curbstoning.

Curbstoning is the repeated “flipping” of used cars for profit, by unlicensed dealers who often pose as private parties to attract sales. This nationwide scam affects hundreds of thousands of consumers annually, defrauding them of value and putting them into unsafe motor vehicles.

“Curbstoning is as bad niada, national  independent automobile dealers associationfor the consumer as it is for licensed auto dealers,” says Mike Linn, CEO of NIADA.

“Consumers need to be aware that with a used vehicle – as with any used product – things can go wrong,” Linn says. “With licensed dealers, the consumer has recourse should anything be wrong with the car, or the title, or the registration. With curbstoners, good luck finding them again – once they have the money, they’re gone.”

“At NIADA, we’re very involved in promoting dealer education and protecting used car buyers. I was very pleased to see AutoTec come out with this effort to stop curbstoning.”

Chuck Redden, president of AutoTec, is happy to have the support of NIADA. “For over ten years, we’ve been helping licensed dealers do business in the wholesale marketplace,” Redden says. “We spend a lot of time and effort to keep the wholesale marketplace safe and secure. This effort is a spin-off of that.”

For more information, or to join the effort to stop curbstoning, visit www.stopcurbstoning.com.

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About NIADA
The National Independent Automobile Dealers Association (NIADA) is a not-for-profit organization. It has represented quality independent automobile dealers for over 60 years, assisting its members in becoming more successful within the used motor vehicle industry. The NIADA membership includes more than 20,000 professional, licensed auto dealers nationwide.

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AutoTec Launches Major Initiative to Stop Curbstoning

Posted on Mon, Mar 22, 2010

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Curbstoning is the repeated, unlicensed “flipping” of used cars for profit. It’s a nationwide scam that hurts consumers, cities, and local businesses. Automotive remarketing industry leader AutoTec is at the forefront of a major effort to halt this automotive fraud.

BIRMINGHAM, AL - March 22, 2010 – AutoTec, the company behind AuctionACCESS, has launched a major campaign to stop curbstoning, the unlicensed buying and selling of used cars for profit.Stop Curbstoning

AuctionACCESS already helps stop curbstoners by keeping unlicensed dealers out of the auctions,” says Chuck Redden, president of AutoTec. “The ‘Stop Curbstoning’ initiative is a natural spin-off from that.”

“For over ten years, we’ve been helping licensed dealers do business in the wholesale marketplace efficiently and securely,” Redden continues. “And for all that time, we’ve been hearing concerns about the effect curbstoners have on a retail level. We listened, and felt it was time to put forth a unified, coordinated call to action.”

It’s not just licensed dealers who suffer because of curbstoners. Consumers who buy from curbstoners may find themselves with unsafe, cobbled-together vehicles that can’t be registered or insured like normal vehicles. In addition, such vehicles are typically ineligible for repairs under manufacturer recalls.

“That makes sense, when you think about it,” Redden says. “After all, that particular used car wasn’t built by the manufacturer. It was put together by some salvage guy, using parts from two or three wrecked vehicles, duct tape, and chewing gum.”

“Of course,” Redden continues, “by the time the buyer finds out that their just-bought used car has serious problems, the seller is long gone – and so is the money.”

Redden points out that municipalities also lose out when curbstoners succeed. “Since curbstoners are unlicensed, they’re basically untraceable,” Redden says. “It’s all cash transactions, under the table, and it adds up to a lot of lost tax revenue for cities.”

“This isn’t about the guy selling his old car. It’s about a multi-million dollar business based on fraud. Curbstoners pose as private parties. But they’re not,” Redden says. “Stop Curbstoning is a nationwide campaign to alert consumers about this fraudulent and potentially dangerous practice.”

For more information, including things you can do to protect yourself when buying a used car from a private party, visit www.stopcurbstoning.com.

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