HOW STUFF WORKS
QUIZZES

FOLLOW US
The Ultimate Chop Shop Quiz
by Staff
Nearly 25 percent of all stolen cars are taken to illegal chop shops where they're dismantled and sold for parts. Think you know what goes on in these chop shops? Then take our quiz to see if you could turn a car into cash in just a matter of hours.

In the United States in 2009, a car was stolen how often, on average?

  • Every 4 seconds
  • Every 40 seconds
  • Every 40 minutes
  • Every 4 hours

In 2009, about how many of every 100,000 cars were stolen in the United States?

  • 25
  • 250
  • 2,500
  • 25,000

A spike in car thefts in the United States occurred during which decade?

  • The 1930s
  • The 1950s
  • The 1970s
  • The 2000s

True or False: Car theft rates have steadily increased in the United States in the late 2000s.

  • TRUE
  • FALSE

Which of the following happens to the majority of stolen cars?

  • They are dismantled in illegal chop shops.
  • They are returned to their owners.
  • They are never recovered by police.
  • They are sold in foreign countries.

True or False: Chop shops are usually affiliated with organized crime.

  • TRUE
  • FALSE

True or False: Chop shops are frequently run behind the front of a legitimate body shop or parts dealer.

  • TRUE
  • FALSE

What is re-Vinning?

  • The process of repainting a stolen car so that it is more difficult to trace.
  • The process of burning the personal items found in a stolen car.
  • The process of making a stolen car appear legitimate by switching its vehicle identification number.
  • The process of replacing the interior of a car so it will look different to its rightful owner.

When a car is stolen and re-Vinned by a chop shop, it is usually sold where?

  • In newspaper classified ads
  • In another state
  • Overseas
  • Online

Why do chop shop operators frequently buy wrecked cars at salvage auctions?

  • To obtain legitimate vehicle identification numbers
  • To obtain damaged cars to train workers how to dismantle cars.
  • To convince law enforcement that they are legitimate salvage operations
  • To use the parts in other cars they are selling.

Which region(s) of the world has a large market for stolen, re-Vinned, illegally exported cars?

  • Africa
  • The Middle East
  • Neither
  • Both

True or False: U.S. legislation has eradicated the possibility of selling the parts of late model cars, by requiring VIN numbers be included on engine parts and components.

  • TRUE
  • FALSE

What is the most profitable way for a chop shop to sell a car?

  • By selling the entire car intact.
  • By selling the car as parts.
  • By selling the car at a salvage auction.
  • By selling the car online to a foreign buyer.

Which of these components can be removed by a chop shop by unscrewing a few bolts?

  • The doors
  • The windshield
  • The "cowl"
  • The hood

To whom do many chop shops sell their parts?

  • The general public
  • Insurance companies
  • Car dealerships
  • Used-car auctions

Which of these tools are used by chop shop workers to dismantle cars?

  • Acetylene torch
  • Bolt cutters
  • Power drills
  • Screw driver

Which of these components cannot be easily sold by a chop shop?

  • The doors
  • The hood
  • The frame
  • The airbag

What is a "body switch?"

  • A quick move from one location to another when a chop shop draws heat from the police.
  • A way to sell a stolen car as a whole, instead of in pieces.
  • The process of stripping a car of its parts while it remains parked on the street.
  • The process of switching the interior parts -- the seats, dash, etc. -- of one with the interior parts of another.

True or False: Tractor trailers cannot be dismantled in chopped shops because their parts are too easy for police to trace.

  • TRUE
  • FALSE

Chop shops have been known to steal which type of unconventional vehicle?

  • construction equipment
  • boats
  • ATVs
  • All of the above