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ACT the centre of car rebirthing in Australia?

By johnboy 19 July 2005 7

ABC Online have a story on what could be a problem with our car registration systems in the ACT as it seems we have a reputation as soft touches.

The court heard two men from Sydney’s Bankstown were attempting to register a BMW and a Subaru Outback yesterday when they were arrested by police.

Barry Allen Knowles, 53, and 32-year-old Ali Malas were charged with receiving stolen property.

Knowles and Malas were granted bail of $5,000, each with a similar surety.

Think we’ll ever see them again? Won’t take too many stolen cars to pay down what they’ve dropped on bail.

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bulldog 9:04 am 21 Jul 05

I’m not gunna read it either, but I’m tipping Thumper is correct.

Thumper 10:53 pm 20 Jul 05

Without reading it K, I’d take a punt that it says something about needing more Police on the streets walking the beat.

Etc, etc, etc….

Kerces 6:50 pm 20 Jul 05

Following this, Pratt’s got a media release out today about it (I couldn’t actually be bothered reading it, but others might be)


Thumper 10:23 am 20 Jul 05

I had a VH Brock Commodore (Group 1) stolen many years ago. It was found just outside Sydney with a blown tyre.

Thankfully I had forgotten to put the jack in the boot as I had been working on my motorcycle on the weekend. Thus the bastards couldn’t put another wheel on it.

The cops said that it was probably heading off to Sydney for a respray and a new identity. They said that it was lucky that it blew a tyre as it would have never been seen again.

Most thefts of cars in Canberra, I believe, end up in Sydney for rebirthing. Well, those that are’nt just flogged for a joyride and bonfire…

bulldog 9:18 am 20 Jul 05

Theft, ‘chopping’ and Rebirthing occurs in every city in the country. The ACT takes this as seriously as any other state.

The two gentlemen in question would have to be retarded to try and compliance a hot car in the same state they were stolen from! The VIN (Vehicle Identifiaction Number, found on most major car parts and the Compliance Plate under your bonnet) would be identified by the RTA immediately.

The VINs are getting increasingly harder to doctor, and they are examined pretty carefully in all the registry office I have been to (VIC, NSW and ACT).

So, next time the media wants to talk about the “rebirthing capital” of Australia they should pull their heads out of their re-feeding asses and take a trip up Parramatta Road. Or Bankstown.

Ralph 8:59 am 20 Jul 05

Not surprised to hear they’re from Bankstown.

Vic Bitterman 9:33 pm 19 Jul 05

I doubt we have the car market to be Australia’s car rebirthing capital! Journalistic sensationalism I think.

Last time I visited the Dickson rego pits, I came away with the opinion that they take car rebirthing and vehicle identity quite seriously.

I’d bought a Commodore from Pickles Auctions the weekend prior. I had to go over the pits there to establish original Canberra rego.

Whilst there, I had to leave the car with them for 15 minutes and go and sit in a windowless room whilst they ‘inspected’ it. They would not tell me exactly what they were inspecting. Rather mysterious.

My wife reckons the boys there probably did a beer and pizza run in the Commo, but nonetheless, they must have given it a serious looking over – despite receipts from Pickles and logbooks showing the original owers were a reputable leasing company (Totalcare!).

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