Is it a Lemon? - Protect Against Used Auto Fraud By Atlantic/Smith, Cropper & Deeley 7/14/2015 If you’re looking to buy a used vehicle, you need to make sure that the vehicle is actually in good condition. After extended rainstorms or floods, dishonest auto dealers may attempt to sell severely water-damaged cars as if they are in good condition. Dishonest dealers may also attempt to resell vehicles that have been reported as stolen and have not been recovered. The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) has created a free service called VINCheck to help the public determine if a vehicle has been reported as salvaged by the NICB’s network of cooperating insurance companies. VINCheck can also determine if a vehicle has been reported as stolen and not recovered. To perform a search, obtain the vehicle identification number (VIN) of the vehicle in question and access VINCheck at www.nicb.org. According to the NICB, 88 percent of the personal auto insurance market provides data to VINCheck, making it an easy and reliable source to check the history of a vehicle. Contact Atlantic / Smith, Cropper & Deeley today if you have any questions about auto fraud or need to insure a newly purchased vehicle. Thanks for Reading.