The Royal Canadian Mounted Police does not keep accurate statistics regarding the extent of this problem, but they do advise car buyers to always be alert and aware of potential scams by unscrupulous dealers. Local governments are also taking steps to provide resources to assist consumers. For example, in Ontario, the Ministry of Transportation gets updated regularly by the police whenever a vehicle is declared as “stolen”. There is also the Canadian Police Information Centre database which lets consumers know important information such as whether a particular vehicle was written off, stolen, had undergone flood damage, etc.
There is always the risk of buying not only used cars, but also boats, snowmobiles, and bobcats that have had their VIN numbers cloned or are carrying faked VINs. Be especially careful regarding cars that are being sold by personal sellers through online ads. As much as possible, buy cars from a well-established, reputable car dealer and check the VIN with the official websites such as Canadian Police Information Centre. VinAudit Canada’s vehicle history reports can also help you catch VIN cloning issues by checking vehicle specifications, car stolen records, registration history, and odometer readings from official sources.
It would help to consider these to avoid VIN cloning: