ARE YOU BUYING A
STOLEN CAR?

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.

CHECK THE VIN (VEHICLE IDENTIFICATION NUMBER)

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

Colorado Bureau of Investigation Logo

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

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Logo

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

National Motor Vehicle Title Information System

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

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

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

Colorado Department of Revenue Logo

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 cdps_catpa@state.co.us.

Additional Resources

Information about crime in Colorado

colorado crime statistics link

Information about crime in the US

FBI Crime Data Explorer

Information about vehicle theft in the US

National Insurance Crime Bureau Logo

Assistance and information regarding vehicle theft in Colorado

Colorado Auto Theft Investigators Logo and Link

Information about vehicle theft and crimes internationally.

International Association of Auto Theft investigators Logo and Link

Lost, Stolen or Compromised Documents?

Colorado Department of Revenue - Department of Motor Vehicles Logo and Link

Rocky Mountain Insurance Information Association

Rocky Mountain Insurance Information Association Logo and Link

Toolkits
for Law Enforcement Agencies

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IAATI
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CATPA
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CATPA 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)
  • CATPA-Metropolitan Auto Theft Task Force (C-MATT)

Contact CATPA to learn more about any of these initiatives