Police: Beware of hot cars

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Saturday, December 3, 2011


THE buying public, particularly those who have the penchant of acquiring luxury vehicles for a cheaper price, are being warned against purchasing “hot cars” as they would end up losing their money, as well as the vehicle.

This was the stern warning issued by Chief Superintendent Leonardo Espina, head of the Philippine National Police Highway Patrol Group (PNP-HPG), in his recent visit in Bacolod City.

About 23 hot cars were presented to PNP chief Nicanor Bartolome during his visit in the city last week.

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BACOLOD. Some of the 23 hot cars recovered by the PNP-HPG in Negros Occidental, which were reportedly carnapped in Luzon, were disposed in Bacolod City. (Teresa Ellera-Dulla)

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The hot cars, mostly luxury vehicles, were reportedly “carnapped” in Luzon and were disposed in the province of Negros Occidental.

Espina said before buying any second-hand vehicle, the buyer should first check with the local HPG office to determine whether it is a hot car or not.

He added that the buyer would usually succumb to buying the vehicle because it is cheaper by half the actual price.

However, he pointed out that once it is traced by the authorities, it will be confiscated and returned to the actual owner, while the buyer will have no means of recovering the payment.

The recovered hot cars are still at the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office and will be shipped to Manila for proper disposition to their previous owners.

“We should be very careful where to spend our hard-earned money,” Espina cautioned.

He said the PNP-HPG is serious in its campaign against hot cars.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on December 03, 2011.

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