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Crush Those Cars or Go to Jail!

Written by Gary North on June 1, 2012

In Wisconsin, you had better not weld together a sleek-looking sports car . . . unless it has a VIN number.

One car creator dared to put together a pair of Nissan Skylines. These are “vroom, vroom” cars. He was given a choice: crush them for scrap metal or go to jail.

The authorities caught the perpetrator in a sting operation. A Department of Transportation employee spotted the crime against humanity. He pretended to be a buyer.

The cars had no titles. They had no VINs. They were as illegal.

They were not stolen, you understand. They just had no VINs.

He offered to transport them out of state. The prosecutor said no deal.

Fraud is fraud. “If you do the crime, you do the time.” Or else crush the cars as an example to others.

He had purchased the cars as shells. Then he put them together. They had no tags. The owner mailed them later. He had the tags. But they were not in the car. They were . . . at home!

You expect leniency? For someone like this? You must be joking.

The man offered to pay the fines. No deal. He offered to help the authorities find buyers overseas. No deal.

He had spent years restoring them. This will send a message to people like him who prey upon the public.

Vintage cars need not be VINtage cars. If they are over 25 years old, they are can be VINless. But these cars were only 17 years old.

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11 thoughts on “Crush Those Cars or Go to Jail!

  1. goldendragon2012 says:

    I'm so glad this vicious crime was nipped in the bud. Aren't you?

  2. Jut a case of bureaucracy run amok. I compare it to the time when OSHA (set up to enhance safety in heavy industry, decided that it needed to regulate infection control in medical offices. That's one of the reasons that the cost of health care went up. When OSHA arrogated to itself the duty of overseeing dental offices, the resulting regulations caused overhead to increase by $30K to $60K per year in the average dental office.

    Buit the politicains running for office (who fully intend to create more of these Frankenstein bureaus,) tell us how wicked and greedy the insurance companies are.

  3. lilbear68 says:

    i feel safer already

  4. I'm glad that the authorities are protecting us from creative metal workers and raw milk sellers. Wow. I guess protecting our borders, and going after REAL criminals isn't a priority anymore….too much of a challenge. It's far easier to intimidate and threaten working class americans with imprisonment to make yourself feel more important.

  5. Sojurnr says:

    Can't say I blame the guy, but he backed off when he should have stood firm. This prosecutor is obviously a bully who smelled weakness.

    His response should have been, "Okay, Genius, let's see what a judge and jury think of your relentless prosecution (persecution?) of a truly victimless 'crime'. I'm going to make you famous! You'll be all the talk at the local lawyers' watering hole, I'm sure. And oh, by the way, I cannot afford a lawyer, so the court must appoint one for me!"

  6. Today's tyranical government can't have this. If one can get away without a VIN then the rest of society might just discover that they no more own their automobiles then they do their houses and properties. Don't pay your property tax and see how long you retain control of "your" house and property, and as for your automobile, look at your "title." It's NOT a title but a certificate of title. The government possesses the title to your automobile and, therefore, owns your automobile.

    This is but more of what comes from a document in which the framers snubbed the God of the Bible and His laws. Find out how much you really know about the Constitution as compared to Yahweh's moral law (His commandments, statutes, and judgments). Take our Constitution Survey at http://www.missiontoisrael.org/constitutionsurvey… and receive a free copy of the "Primer" (an 85 page book, normally $7 plus shipping) of "Bible Law vs. the United States Constitution: The Christian Perspective."

  7. Max Penn says:

    Just shows how dumb the goverment is. What would America be like today if Henry Ford had to deal with idiots like this.

  8. […] The owner mailed them later. He had the tags. But they were not in the car. They were . . . at home!READ MORE June 1st, 2012 | Tags: DoT, scrap metal, tags, vintage cars | Category: Uncategorized […]

  9. He should have used the engine # to create a new VIN. That's allowed in most states, but obviously not in the Demokratik Republik of Wiskonsin. Check out the M-V laws a bit better in your state and avoid this mess.

  10. Going after the small inconsequential guy does send the right message. Thank you.