Top 7 Fraudulent Copart Cars of May – July 2020
Fraud on salvage auto auctions is a common thing, and here, we present to your attention the top 7 cars that were partially patched to hide initial damages and were resold on Copart auctions with a huge difference in price. These 7 cars are only a drop in the ocean comparing to the number of cars that are resold this way. By creating this list we wanted to emphasize how important is research before bidding on the auction and how expensive the mistake could be if you didn’t research a car well.
1. 2019 RAM GLS 63 AMG 5.5L
This RAM GLS 63 AMG was sold for 37,500 USD on May 6, and only 10 days later, on May 16 it was again registered in Copart Marlboro yard, New York. It was auctioned 4 times and finally was resold with more than 20,000 USD difference on June 25 to a naive buyer for 58,500 USD.
2. 2019 TOYOTA TUNDRA CREWMAX 5.7L
Well, it’s not the most dread example of fraud, as it’s really was fixed in some way at least external frame joints, hood and front bumper look good but we never know what is under the hood. Still, we have questions to this Tundra as damage type that was defined for a resold car is side. For the primary, we have a front end and minor dents/scratches, but if we look closely at the pictures we will see the medium dent on the rear left door of the primary Toyota Tundra, and the same dent is on the resold. That fact made us wonder why the body shop that was repairing this car missed the damage on the side, which accidentally became the primary damage for a re-registered car on the Copart auction. Сoincidence? We think, it’s not. Copart didn’t put any damage history or partially fixed label on this car that makes us think that side damage was left on purpose to make it look like it was hit in the door and in order to hide real damage. Anyway, the price difference is 12,700 USD.
3. 2019 PORSCHE CAYENNE 3.0L
2019 PORSCHE CAYENNE (VIN: WP1AA2AY2KDA17264 ) is a prime example of how a fix-tape can bring you about 12,000 USD for less than a month. For the first time, it was sold April 10 for 18,900 USD, and 18 days later and 400 miles souther it appeared on Copart Spartanburg auction yard. We have never heard that the transportation of cars could be so profitable.
4. 2019 PORSCHE BOXSTER BA 2.0L
This Porsche was repaired not so good as the previous one that’s why it brought to its owner just 6,800 USD. We can’t even imagine what exactly holds the front-right wheel but we can tell you for sure that it’s not a front arm. Another example of high-level disregard from Copart. Just imagine, the resold car is mentioned as “Run and Drive”, no comments here.
5. 2020 TOYOTA TUNDRA CREWMAX 5.7L
This Tundra was hit in the front and was re-sold during the month with a 13,000 USD difference. Unfortunately, unless the resold version might look better than primary it’s still broken. The main damage was absorbed by the front bumper, hood, battery, cooling system, and part of the engine with an oil tank. As you might see in both cases we have oil puddles under the car, airbags are not repaired or replaced as well. At least, tires were replaced.
6. 2020 FORD EXPLORER S 3.0L
Another example of how scammers use Copart to gain. This Ford Explorer was sold for 18,500 USD, cleaned up, partially assembled, and re-registered on Oregon salvage yard. It’s actually hardly understood what collision happened that caused both front door panels together with door handles to be taken off. Pay attention that they are not broken, but carefully removed from the doors. The car also had very dirty seats and front instrument panel and at the same time not so dirty carpets. All these facts make us think that either people drove this car laying their feet on the front panel and seats or it was shown in a bad way for the purpose to lower the price so those who have the knowledge about a car could easily win it for a lower price. The second time it appeared as clean, assembled Ford with the same damage. These changes earned for a car reseller 12,500 USD.
7. 2019 JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE 3.6L
The last but not the least participant of our top is Jeep Grand Cherokee. It was partially fixed and patched up and resold with the price difference of 9,800 USD. And again it appeared on Marlboro Copart yard, which under our estimates is the most fraudulent yard (we’ll prepare a few articles on this topic in a while).
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