chop-shop

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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The lid was blown on the chop-shop when a GPS stolen vehicle tracking device on the Audi RS4 traced it to Macquarrie's property.
She must remain undercover as a meter maid to gather evidence against Stannislav Renko, a charismatic Serbian mobster running a brutal multi-million dollar mobile chop-shop operation.
Chop-shop gangs are so called because those involved chop up stolen cars and sell on the parts.
This fun-house aesthetic is augmented by the structure's individual parts, each coated in a different hue--pink, green, gray, black--to simultaneously suggest chop-shop workmanship and Ellsworth Kelly's monochromatic shaped canvases.
Embracing the chop-shop model, the "big-pharma" industry is slated to shed more than 100,000 jobs in advanced economies.
Department of Justice (DOJ) assess the effectiveness of the parts marking by 1997, and, if parts marking was found to inhibit chop-shop operations and deter motor vehicle theft, extend parts marking to all remaining vehicle lines by December 1997.
Officers felt that labels provide the greatest deterrent with chop-shop operators because operators usually will not purchase parts with missing labels or without proper paperwork.
A MERSEYSIDE "chop-shop" gang, who handled more than PS1.4m worth of stolen cars, have been jailed for 10 years.
Liverpool Crown Court heard the "chop-shop", one of the worst police had ever seen, was raided in 2013 when a huge collection of parts and whole cars were found - many stolen in domestic burglaries.
As offshoots of stolen vehicle investigations, RATT detectives have arrested a number of gun runners, drug dealers, and chop-shop operators.
Indeed, in 1994, RATT detectives even became chop-shop operators.
Stolen cars are often broken down at so called 'chop-shops' - back street garages or industrial estate units.
The team's investigative mission focuses on locating chop-shops - usually housed in garages or repair shops - that specialize in stripping vehicles and selling their parts.