In an effort to help insurance companies curb fraud, the National Insurance Crime Bureau has created a database that will let car buyers search for unrecovered stolen cars before buying. But one industry association says the program could do even more with the help of insurers.

The Unrecovered Stolen Vehicle database logs the vehicle identification number (VIN) from every stolen vehicle reported by its 100+ member insurance companies. The information is then searchable by the public, free of charge. With an annual average recovery rate of just 63 percent, the NICB said several million vehicles remain unaccounted for and could possibly end up being purchased by unsuspecting consumers.

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