The Washington State Patrol office in Bellevue warned drivers about “curbstoning,” a growing problem in the state, officials said.
A curbstoner is a person who purchases a wrecked vehicle from an insurance salvage auction, without a dealer’s license, and repairs it for re-sale.
Patrol officials said the majority of people purchasing vehicles are unaware of the history of the vehicle.
There are several problems with the rebuilding and sales of such vehicles, the Patrol said.
The individuals who are rebuilding the vehicles are not qualified to properly restore them.
The individuals do not have a dealer’s license.
The majority of vehicles that are being sold are unsafe for the roadways.
Also, the Patrol said, people tend to pay more money for the vehicle than its actual value.