In The Current Problems and Solutions with Examinations on reported stolen Vehicles automobile expert witness Rob Painter writes that expert witnesses who do stolen vehicle examinations should have proper training, not only in locks, but burn debris analysis, security system analysis, steering column locking mechanism understanding, and in general how and why vehicles are stolen.
I recently was consulted on a case from out east where the examiner said the 2002 Nissan Altima could not be stolen because it had a transponder. This examiner is nuts to say that. This vehicle was a total strip and was towed. The transponder will not stop towing! In another case I was consulted on in Michigan, the “expert” actually put in his report that the car was not towed! How did it get from the recovery site to where he examined it?