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Fort Collins Man Buys a Used Car, Knows It’s Stolen, and Tries to Register It at DMV

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (KDVR) – A Fort Collins man spent thousands of dollars and after buying a used car only to discover that it had been stolen when he went to register at the Department of Motor Vehicles. gender.

“It was definitely a wild ride,” said victim Cody Kneipp.

After saving for a year, Kneipp said he came across an ad for a Toyota Yaris on Facebook Marketplace while looking for a fuel-efficient car and met a seller to buy it.

“It didn’t show any damage when broken into so that’s kind of a weird thing,” Kneipp said. “He has the title, he has the original key, it’s just very weird. I verified the VIN, I did the emissions and nothing. ”

About a week after buying the car, Kneipp said he went to the DMV to register and they told him the car had been stolen.

I was dumbfounded, which was the literal response of, “wait you’re kidding me right” and she said “no, unfortunately, it’s marked as stolen,” Kneipp said.

Kneipp said the woman behind the counter told him the system might not have been updated and instructed.

Kneipp said: “She was like ‘oh, no, this happens all the time, owners get their stuff back and they don’t tell us so the report is open.

However, the police informed him that was not the case.

“That was the original title, the original keys I had everything and no, they clearly researched the owner had been out of town for about a week,” Kneipp said.

Kneipp said police told him the original owner left the title and extra keys in the glove box.

Kneipp said: “I’m really glad the original owners got their car back but yes, I’m still the victim basically.

Kneipp told FOX31 he’s now shelled out $3,500 and a car. He never saw it coming and never wanted anyone else to be in his position.

“If anyone can be warned, this looks like the perfect storm,” Kneipp said.

Aurora Police Department officials say there are many ways to check the condition of a vehicle prior to final purchase. Usually, you can contact your local police agency, give them the VIN, and they can tell you if it was stolen. There are also online checks you can do for vehicles. In Kneipp’s case, he said online VIN verification came back clear when he looked up the vehicle.

Aurora police are currently searching for the thief who listed him as Yoni on Facebook Marketplace ads and as “Claudio Amador”.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Metro Denver Crime Stop at (720) 913-7867.

Kneipp said police told him not to charge back his money, even if they caught the thief. He has GoFundMe set up.

https://kdvr.com/news/local/man-buys-used-car-learns-it-is-stolen/ Fort Collins Man Buys a Used Car, Knows It’s Stolen, and Tries to Register It at DMV

Emma Bowman

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