I know a man who bought a newer truck for $11,000. It was advertised in a local trading post but the guy lived in Minneapolis, 80 miles away. He took the truck in to have the brakes replaced. When they ordered parts using the VIN number, the parts were wrong. They were for a 2 wheel drive and the vehicle was a 4 wheel drive. The owner had the State Patrol check it. They found the VIN on the frame and it was stolen. They impounded the truck and it took the owner over a year to get any money back and he only got part of it. The seller had sold several other vehicles that turned out to have been stolen and altered. He bought cheap vehicles at auctions to get titles and VIN tags. He advertised the vehicles in publications farther away to avoid the people it was stolen from finding it.