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VIRGINIA INDEPENDENT AUTOMOBILE DEALERS ASSOCIATION 4700 Thoroughgood Square, Virginia Beach, VA 23455

Curbstoning

Curbstoning – The act of selling at the curb without benefit of a license.

Consumers who buy from a curbstoner often get saddled with damaged, dangerous, or uninsurable vehicles – by which time the curbstoner is long gone with their cash. Curbstoning is illegal in many states, yet defrauds thousands of unwary consumers every year.

Who is a curbstoner? He/She is an individual who buys vehicles (may be only one) with the intent to sell them for a profit.

  • Who is not a licensed motor vehicle dealer
  • Does not have a local business license
  • Does not pay state taxes
  • Does not pay federal taxes
  • Does not have any overhead
  • Uses property belonging to others for display of vehicles
    (Property owners can be held liable for allowing the display)
  • In many cases “jumps title”, thereby obscuring the identity of the true seller and evading payment of tax and title fees
    • Jumping titles is a criminal offense and can be charged with a Class 1 misdemeanor, pay a fine not to exceed $2,500, and be sentenced to not more than 12 months in jail

Under recent legislation the law may now be enforced by local police and zoning departments.

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