Those who are considering buying a second-hand car need to be very careful, as a spate of incidents involving stolen vehicles and forged log-books have occurred.
Thousands of blank DVLA log books were stolen in 2006, with the intention of selling the vehicles on as cloned cars.
David Bloor is just one of the victims in the nationwide scam.
After paying lb16,500 for a used Volkswagen Tiguan, Mr Bloor revealed that he was shown what appeared to be an authentic log book, complete with watermarks.
Even the vehicle data checks he made passed with flying colours, but when trying to register the vehicle with the DVLA in the following weeks, he received a visit from police officers.
Police advised David that his car had been cloned and there was no way of reclaiming the money he lost.
Mr Bloor blames the DVLA for the money he has lost.
“They need to be brought to task over this,” he revealed.
“To wash their hands of it and do nothing is absolutely appalling.”
Peter Swift, insurance investigator at Claims Management & Adjusting Ltd, is concerned at the rise of similar incidences.
“I don’t accept that drip feeding the new forms into the system is going to have much effect on the crime,” he said.
“It again appears to be more about saving money than protecting the public because the DVLA have clearly accepted that their stolen registration documents have a value, are being used by criminals, and that the integrity of their document is undermined.
“Why, then, do they permit these documents to remain in circulation, to continue to have a value, and to be an ongoing problem for members of the public?”
The DVLA have provided advice on their website for anyone who is concerned about purchasing a second hand vehicle.
Corporate affairs director at the DVLA, David Evans has revealed that there are several important checks that need to be made.
“The clear message to anyone considering buying a second-hand vehicle is that a registration certificate is not proof of ownership and is one piece of a complicated jigsaw,” he announced.
“We recommend that buyers ask to see proof of ownership of a vehicle, such as a bill of sale, before handing over any money.”
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