I received this the other night, and since I’ve received a few of these over the years, thought I would post it and my thoughts on it. You’re welcome to chime in.
Sent: Wednesday, February 16, 2011 2:15 AM
this site should be closed down ,if any one wants to clown a car ,they will start here by typing in a chassis number and if no details come up ,bingo lets build a car
Is that easier than just finding a crappy restoration project somewhere to get a set of real numbers, including legit title documents?
If not, why would the criminals care if the car was on the site before making their clown, er, clone? Just because a car isn’t here doesn’t mean it’s missing; indeed, there have been around ten already-existing clones discovered via these sites. (Most of the time it doesn’t seem all that malicious, just sloppy record-keeping.)
It would cost at least $100,000 to build a car from scratch via parts if you had to pay for the labor. Wouldn’t it be cheaper to buy a decent one? The only cars that might be exceptions to this are the very rare variants–but the survivors and the fate of their siblings are generally well-known, anyway, and will come under pretty intense scrutiny if a new one resurfaces.