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StopCurbstoning.com Hits the Accelerator

  
  
  

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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.

 

About Stop Curbstoning
Stop Curbstoning is a cause supported by a group of concerned corporations and organizations within the automotive industry. Its mission is to educate used car buyers, unite car dealers, and motivate municipalities to take action against this growing problem.

Stop Curbstoning was founded by AutoTec, LLC, a privately held company based in Birmingham, AL. AutoTec's flagship product, AuctionACCESS, is the automotive remarketing industry standard for managing dealer access to wholesale auto auctions.

Contact Information:
For more information, visit www.stopcurbstoning.com or contact:
AutoTec, LLC
Jordan Pittman (205) 414-2680
E-mail inquiries: jpittman@autotec.com

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

  
  
  

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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.

About Stop Curbstoning
Stop Curbstoning is a cause supported by a group of concerned corporations and organizations within the automotive industry. Its mission is to educate used car buyers, unite car dealers, and motivate municipalities to take action against this growing problem.

Stop Curbstoning was founded by AutoTec, LLC, a privately held company based in Birmingham, AL. AutoTec's flagship product, AuctionACCESS, is the automotive remarketing industry standard for managing dealer access to wholesale auto auctions.

Contact Information:
For more information, visit www.stopcurbstoning.com or contact:
AutoTec, LLC
Jordan Pittman (205) 414-2680
E-mail inquiries: jpittman@autotec.com

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