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Take photo of sellers, say police

08 November 2004

West Midlands police are advising buyers of second-hand cars to take photographs of sellers.

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West Midlands police are advising buyers of second-hand cars to take photographs of sellers.

The police force is hoping to secure a conviction after a woman managed to take a photograph of someone selling her an allegedly stolen £7000 car.

Officers reckon the increased popularity of digital cameras and camera phones means buyers could more easily take photographs and help to bring cases to court.

What Car?’s editor, David Motton, said: ‘If sellers are above board then they surely won’t mind having their photograph taken. A dodgy trader could get aggravated if you stick a camera in his face, however, so be careful.

‘Looking into a car’ history before parting with your cash is a better option. Uncovering a hidden past could save you thousands of pounds and avoid any long-winded hassle with the police and courts.’

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