chop shop

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chop shop

A location where stolen vehicles are disassembled so that their parts can be sold. We'll never get our car back if the thieves have already taken it to a chop-shop.
See also: chop, shop

chop-shop

n. a place where stolen cars are cut or broken up into car parts for resale. The state is cracking down on these chop-shops.
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Police have launched a 'Shop A Chop Shop' campaign urging the public to report any suspicions to 101.
Just one investigation by West Midlands Police this year into a gang understood to have bought more than 250 write-offs at salvage auctions led to officers uncovering 90 stolen cars at a chop shop in Birmingham.
"There has been had a surge in people reporting chop shops since we launched a Shop a Chop Shop campaign last summer."
Police, who launched a 'Shop a Chop Shop' campaign in August, said a total of 16 engines were confirmed as coming from cars stolen in the West Midlands, plus another driven off by thieves in Cardiff.
The news comes less than a fortnight after West Midlands Police launched the campaign urging people to 'Shop a Chop Shop.'.