Purchased a car with a police marker on it.

Purchased a car with a police marker on it.

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andygo

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6,230 posts

235 months

Tuesday 12th July 2016
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I purchased a second hand Mini to use as arunabout three weeks ago. Lovely car, excellent condition. HPI clear, bought from a private ad on Gumtree.

Was on the motorway near Leeds last week and got pulled.

Turns out the car has a police marker on it as a similar vehicle was used in an attempted burglary with cloned plates. Tried to get the marker removed by Somerset & Avon Police, but they won't do it until theyfindthe cloned vehicle which obviously could never happen.

Police have put a note on the system sayin I live in the Milton Keynes area, but can easily get stopped if I go out of area...

Anybody with any suggestions apart from sell the car?

CoolHands

15,567 posts

175 months

Tuesday 12th July 2016
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Cheap private plate

Elroy Blue

8,509 posts

172 months

Tuesday 12th July 2016
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Speak to Police and put a recognisable sticker in the windscreen or some other identifying feature. That's what we do

Johnnytheboy

24,266 posts

166 months

Tuesday 12th July 2016
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Might as well go with it:


FurryExocet

3,011 posts

161 months

Tuesday 12th July 2016
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andygo said:
I purchased a second hand Mini to use as arunabout three weeks ago. Lovely car, excellent condition. HPI clear, bought from a private ad on Gumtree.

Was on the motorway near Leeds last week and got pulled.

Turns out the car has a police marker on it as a similar vehicle was used in an attempted burglary with cloned plates. Tried to get the marker removed by Somerset & Avon Police, but they won't do it until theyfindthe cloned vehicle which obviously could never happen.

Police have put a note on the system sayin I live in the Milton Keynes area, but can easily get stopped if I go out of area...

Anybody with any suggestions apart from sell the car?
Put a piston heads sticker on the boot , you won't get stopped and you're contributing to the site 😃

Defcon5

5,819 posts

171 months

Tuesday 12th July 2016
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Elroy Blue said:
Speak to Police and put a recognisable sticker in the windscreen or some other identifying feature. That's what we do
Need to put something on the VRM plate itself - strip of masking tape across one corner would be ideal

mph1977

12,467 posts

148 months

Tuesday 12th July 2016
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Defcon5 said:
Elroy Blue said:
Speak to Police and put a recognisable sticker in the windscreen or some other identifying feature. That's what we do
Need to put something on the VRM plate itself - strip of masking tape across one corner would be ideal
WTF ?


elroy's suggestion is good, defcon5's suggestion is a 'pull me' magnet suggestion ...

AH33

2,066 posts

115 months

Tuesday 12th July 2016
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Johnnytheboy said:
Might as well go with it:

Are those "Police follow this car" or "Police, follow this car".

I've always wondered.

Defcon5

5,819 posts

171 months

Tuesday 12th July 2016
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mph1977 said:
WTF ?


elroy's suggestion is good, defcon5's suggestion is a 'pull me' magnet suggestion ...
Without going into too much detail, you would need to be able to see the 'tell tale' from the image captured, which may not include the windscreen of the vehicle.

rsox87

151 posts

134 months

Tuesday 12th July 2016
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AH33 said:
Are those "Police follow this car" or "Police, follow this car".

I've always wondered.
Both - they act as a deterrant to thieves by suggesting that police cars will follow it "just because", and signals to police that if they signal it to pull over it won't stop at the road side but will drive to a police station before stopping. The idea is that by doing this they are protected against roadside attacks by crims driving stolen/fake police cars.

mel

10,168 posts

255 months

Tuesday 12th July 2016
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Elroy Blue said:
Speak to Police and put a recognisable sticker in the windscreen or some other identifying feature. That's what we do
Maybe something that clearly identifies you as not worthy of police attention? How about something rodent like and in a dark colour, easily available on eBay and making claims to prevent exactly what is happening? Or perhaps that'll make a tug even more likely wink

gkw90

110 posts

115 months

Tuesday 12th July 2016
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Sorry to hear about that mate!

Father-in-law had a marker on his 5.0 CLS a couple of years ago. Although we can't be certain I think possibly it was initially reported via someone living in the local estate, which contributed to the first two stops. A couple of months later he was also caught speeding (85 on the M74; driving safely but over the speed limit, no arguments with that). After that it was almost a weekly occurrence. Twice in one day with the same patrol car but different officers. In the end he sold it unfortunately.

I'm not too sure if there is anything that can be done to prevent the stops unfortunately!