What is curbstoning? “Curbstoning” is the repeated, unlicensed “flipping” of used cars for profit.
Curbstoning is illegal in most cities. What’s more, curbstoners put consumers at risk, release unsafe vehicles onto the streets, hurt local businesses, and deny local governments the fees and tax revenue they need to provide essential public services.
Because enforcement resources are spread thin, it’s up to car buyers to be informed, automotive dealers to be proactive, and municipalities to be responsive.
“If I put a For Sale sign on my car, am I a curbstoner?” Absolutely not! Curbstoning is a big business involving the sale of many, many vehicles by people who are not licensed to sell them. In fact, although curbstoners often pose as a car’s owner, they usually do not hold the title to the cars they sell.
NHTSA manages vehicle safety recalls, sets vehicle safety standards, and requires automakers to recall vehicles that have safety defects or do not meet those standards.If your car has a recall, get it fixed – it could save a life. Also, check your car for recalls at least twice a year, and sign up to receive alerts about new recalls at nhtsa.gov/recalls