When one of us was a Garda, finding stolen cars was one of his favourite things to do. He got back nearly 50 of them over the course of a few years. The majority of those were taken with their keys by breaking into someone’s house. The criminal then parks them up for a few days to make sure it doesn’t have a tracking device on it, then comes back and picks it up. They will often bring it to a garage then to either change the identity of the car or break it up for parts. Sometimes they are used to commit more crime – like stealing another car! If you see an unfamiliar car parked in your neighbourhood or apartment block, there’ s no harm calling your local station to have them call around and check it out.
It all helps but unfortunately those 50 cars he recovered were only a drop in the ocean. Many thousands of cars are stolen every year and that figure is on the rise again. TrustHub was a result of our determination to stop innocent buyers falling victim to car criminals and break the cycle that feeds car theft. If a criminal can’t trick someone into buying the car they’ve stolen then they won’t steal cars in the first place. Everybody wins with TrustHub.
Our mission is to cut crime. First stop: car crime. To do this TrustHub has developed a unique system to verify the identity of both the owner and the vehicle that they’re selling. This means that any vehicle you see with the TrustHub verified logo has gone through our system successfully. That means we’ve checked:
- The owner’s identity
- The vehicle’s identity
- The vehicle’s NCT (if it is more than 4 years old)
- The vehicle’s ownership
So what does that mean for you?
Well, if you’re selling you can generate more interest in your vehicle and get a better deal.
If you’re buying you can be confident that the vehicle isn’t stolen and you’ve much more protection from scams.
Everybody wins with TrustHub.
Allow us to introduce ourselves.
We’re TrustHub and we’ve made it our mission to cut crime. We’re an Irish company made up of policing, fraud and IT experts with a passion for frustrating criminals before they get the chance to ruin your day.
Because of our experiences, we decided to start with cars. Buying or selling a car privately is probably the most valuable and yet highest risk transaction you’ll make. We focus particularly on private sales of cars because the lack of regulation in private sales has allowed car criminals to defraud thousands of Irish people a year. We’re here to stop that.
This blog is mostly about staying safe when buying or selling a car privately but we’ll also occasionally give tips about buying from a dealer too because not all dealers are on your side.If there is a major scam or alert we think you should be aware of you’ll also find it here.
So thanks for calling by, and if you’re wondering what we do when we’re not blogging, have a look at http://www.trusthub.ie where we help you buy and sell your car with confidence.