Why did we create Stolen Vehicles?

Created on: 2019-10-14 - Views: 906
The idea behind the website came about when we were looking at buying a second hand car and I was wondering how to go about checking whether it is stolen or not.

Back then, I heard about some websites were you could pay around a R100 to get a report. In the greater scheme of things, paying R100 to do such a check for a car with a value far higher is actually not to bad.

The other option was to go to the nearest police station and ask them if they can check their records if this particular vehicle has any worrying history.

Both options mentioned above seem quite reasonable, but what if a person out there is looking at a few deals and need to check on say, 5 to 10 cars they are interested in?

There had to be a better, simpler and cheaper way to do this, especially since it was 2017 and we were not living in the dark ages anymore!

Since I am web developer (not the best one out there though), I thought about creating a new system where people who's cars, motorcycles or trucks had been stolen, could easily log in, put in the details of the vehicle and then make this data publicly available. When another person (like myself) is looking at buying a vehicle, they can then simply go to this website, put in the details of the vehicle they are looking at and the system will then tell them whether it has been listed as stolen or not.

It is literally one of the most basic systems out there. Data in, data out.

I started working on this site in my spare time and within a few days I had the initial version ready, early in 2017. Since then it has grown slowly, mainly because I have not done any advertising.

I tried to make the site as easy as possible to use, either via a mobile device or desktop/laptop. Checking the system while standing next to a vehicle should be possible within seconds and I believe we have achieved this with this system.

In the last couple of weeks, I went back to working on the website and started adding a lot of new and interesting features to the system, which I will explain in more detail in future blog posts.

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