DA Targets Illegal Chop Shops

Nine San Jose chop shops are on the block.

The Santa Clara District Attorney’s Office will prosecute the rogue auto repair shops—all located in a specific area between Interstate 880 and Oakland Road—for allegedly taking apart vehicles without a license.

Chop shops are illegal garages and auto body and repair joints that strip a car for its parts. Owners of the auto repair shops under prosecution could face fines and jail times if convicted of the misdemeanors.

“Unlicensed chop shops are a nuisance to the community,” Deputy DA Garner Morris said in a news release about the operation. “Not only do they pose a threat to our environment and sell defective auto parts to unsuspecting consumers, they deprive our economy of tax revenue and put their employees at risk by not providing proper worker’s compensation insurance. It is important to shut down illegal chop shops.”

Permits are required to dismantle a vehicle, partly for environmental and safety reasons. Stripped down vehicles and their individual parts pose a major environmental health hazard if not disposed of properly.

The State Vehicle Dismantler Industry Strike Team, a multi-agency collaboration created by the California Department of Motor Vehicles to investigate unlicensed vehicle dismantlers, conducted the operation and cited the nine auto repair shops for allegedly taking apart vehicles illegally.


  1. It would be nice, and useful in fact, to have these outfits identified. At least to alert others in related industries not to use them…

    We got the where, the when and part of the what and none of the who…
    And this passes for journalism?

  2. I’m trying to report an illegal chop shop business that’s been going on for some time and they did some work to my car and took parts off. And now I’m stuck $2,300 All I have is text message That prove the work the business done on my car. My car doesn’t work anymore as a result of their insufficient work. They took advantage of the situation My phone number is (408)771-6419

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