DVLA URGED TO VET ALL BARN FINDS
A surge in the number of logbook applications leads experts to call for tougher identity checks
A n association of expert theft investigators is asking the DVLA to take more action over a growing crisis where stolen classic cars are being stored for a long period and then being re-registered as barn finds.
The International Association of Auto Theft Investigators (IAATI) says it’s currently far too easy for car thieves to re-register classics with the DVLA after a suitably long cooling off period.
It claims criminals are are applying for new V5Cs with little to no questioning. Communications director Dr Ken German says: ‘There’s been a lot of barn finds being pumped through the DVLA’s queries office lately. Unfortunately, the system is being abused by thieves.’
The DVLA has fought back criticisms, stating that although situations like this may happen, it’s not a common occurrence.
‘All the things the DVLA are supposed to check aren’t getting checked’ DR KEN GERMAN, IAATI COMMS
Aleading group of experts are calling on the DVLA to do more about barn find-related car crime. The IAATI says it’s currently too easy for criminals to steal cars, and have them re-registered as barn finds with the DVLA.
The institute reports that criminals are stealing classics and with minimal questioning from the DVLA, can get the car re-registered.
Communications director Dr Ken German says: ‘There’s been a lot of barn finds being pumped through the DVLA’s enquiry office lately.
Unfortunately, the system is being abused by thieves. It’s becoming far too easy to have stolen cars reregistered as barn finds. Most of the time, if you have a registration for it you will probably get an age-related numberplate for the car.
‘All the things the DVLA are supposed to check seemingly aren’t getting checked. It appears as long as someone has an old buff log book, they can get the forms through.’
The DVLA has fought back against the criticisms, stating that although situations like this may happen, it’s not a common occurrence. David Whitbread, media relations officer for the DVLA, says: ‘ We’ve not seen any rise in these situations – in fact, we haven’t seen much change in the number of registration of barn finds.
Auction analyst Richard HudsonEvans thinks it’s common sense that some barn finds aren’t legitimate. He says: ‘I’m amazed they keep coming out the woodwork. Where do they all keep coming from?
‘Interestingly, many so-called barn finds end up making serious money because they’re popular at the moment. A lot of people like the idea of themselves being the first people to restore a car.’
Silverstone auctions have had big success with barn finds, even selling £1million-worth of them at its sale at the 2014 Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show. Bosses from the company insist that these types of cars go through stringent checks to ensure they don’t have a chequered past. A spokesperson says: ‘All of our cars go through vigorous vetting including HPI checks.’ MS