By Kriangkrai Rattana
Provincial Police Region 5 deputy chief Pol Maj General Jamnong Rattanakul said the 14 cars were divided into three groups: seven vehicles that had taken the car registration numbers and VIN numbers of cars damaged beyond repair in road accidents; two cars that had assumed those of other vehicles in other parts of Thailand so they could be used in the North; and five cars – four Nissan 350 Z models and one Mini Cooper – that had been imported without paying full custom taxes.
The seven cars in the first group, for which registration numbers and VIN numbers had been obtained via auctions of wrecks, would have gotten away with it had their drivers not been caught speeding, he explained.
When police summoned the motorists to pay fines and found the car owners didn’t match the car registration information, a police investigation was launched, resulting in the vehicles being confiscated, he said.
The current car owners included drivers duped into buying second-hand cars as well as those who knowingly bought the illegal cars, he said, urging people to be more careful when buying second-hand cars.