Can you spot a stolen vehicle?

This BMW X5 had a clean history check but our client wanted the security of an inspection before his handed over in excess of £20,000 to a private seller.

The report came back with a few mechanical faults, in general the vehicle was suitable for purchase. But for one major issue, the vehicle had been cloned. A stolen vehicle with false plates and body ID.

The engineer identified the original stamped chassis number had been filled then painted over. A new chassis number matching the DVLA data for the false number plates had been placed over the top to hide the vehicles true identity.

The image above is from the cloned vehicle.