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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 say cars are stolen to order, depending on what vehicle the chop shop wants to 'repair'.
The police fightback also includes efforts to break up 'chop shops',' the name given to illicit garages in back streets or industrial estates that use spares to fix write offs that are then sold on through eBay, Gumtree, Autotrader or other sites.
"Some of the vehicles are being stolen to be cut up for spares at chop shops, and we have borne down on those.
He said: "The evidence is that the kids might be paid a few hundred quid per car while one of the chop shops was making profits of five million pounds in a year.
Reuters released an exclusive report Tuesday that federal investigators found the bodies of four unborn babies in Rathburn's chop shop.
Illegal campers in city parks and along the Willamette River sometimes set up bike chop shops that city workers clean up at public cost.
NEWARK: Recently New York Senator Charles Schumer raised ire by calling Indian outsourcing companies "chop shops," yet he unwittingly offered an accurate description of how economies are being integrated.
But where Perry really scores is with the way he conveys the improbable reality that, not only are these girls comfortable in rusted roadsters and cluttered chop shops, at deafening drag strips and on dusty dry lakes, but that there's no place they would rather be.
Pinsky called the latest acquisitions a "significant step" toward transforming the flood-prone swath of chop shops and industrial sites into a brand-new mixed-use community.
Gordon S Hirst suggests it comes from fish and chop shops who offer either cod or haddock but its etymology (and don't I know some big words) suggests it is a lot older than the corner chippie.
"The drop in recoveries of stolen vehicles indicates growth in well-organized, professional theft rings who direct stolen vehicles to chop shops, which dismantle them for parts or transport them out of the country," said Robert M.
Car thefts increased because of a proliferation of "chop shops," which sell stolen parts either directly to consumers or to automobile dealerships or repair shops for resale to customers.
Many were then given to "chop shops" - illicit garages in back streets and industrial estates that use spares to fix write-offs which are then sold online.
One of the largest previously discovered "chop shops" - where stolen vehicles are dismantled so parts can be sold on - was uncovered in Kirkby, and involved as many as 70 vehicles.