When buying a used car, do you know where it came from? Are you comfortable with the dealership or person you are purchasing the car through?

Below is a list of resources to help you determine the status of the vehicle you are about to purchase.


Have the seller complete a VIN Inspection or VIN Certification before buying a vehicle. Colorado State Patrol offers VIN Inspections.

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Check the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) before considering to purchase, to see if the vehicle is a stolen vehicle in Colorado.

Check the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) to see if it matches the year, make, model and style of the vehicle

Make sure the vehicle of interest does not have current liens or other red flag issues

Verify the vehicle’s history of titling, crash incidence, stolen status, etc

Consult Kelly Blue Book can for the true value of the vehicle of interest

Find out what forms are needed for the purchase, sale, title & registration

If you need additional help, please contact the Colorado Automobile Theft Prevention Authority for any questions or concerns regarding the purchase or theft status of your vehicle. You can reach us at (303) 239-4560 or at

Additional Resources

Information about crime in Colorado

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Information about crime in the US

FBI Crime Data Explorer

Information about vehicle theft in the US

Assistance and information regarding vehicle theft in Colorado

Information about vehicle theft and crimes internationally.

Lost, Stolen or Compromised Documents?

Rocky Mountain Insurance Information Association

Grantees’ Projects:

  • The Attorney General’s Office (AG’s Office)
  • Auto Theft Intelligence Coordination Center (ATICC)
  • Beat Auto Theft Through Law Enforcement (BATTLE)
  • Colorado Auto Theft Investigators (CATI)
  • The Alliance
  • CATPA-Metropolitan Auto Theft Task Force (C-MATT)
  • Vehicle Theft Prevention Inc. (VTPI)