The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) was originally created to protect Americans from terrorism, but these days the DHS is impounding automobiles.
Bill and Jennifer Brinkley were shocked when several DHS vehicles arrived at their home in Statesville, N.C., last Tuesday (video below).
The DHS agents were searching for illegally imported Land Rover Defenders.
Jennifer bought one of the rare vehicles last year on Internet for $60,000.
"They popped up the hood and looked at the Vehicle Identification Number and compared it with a piece of paper and then took the car with them," Jennifer told WBTV.
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Apparently, some import companies have been changing the VIN numbers of Land Rover Defenders so that the cars appear to be more than 25 years old.
Land Rover Defenders that are 25 years old and older do not have to meet current safety and emission standards, which the more recent ones fail.
Jennifer wants to check and see if her VIN number is correct, but the DHS refuses to tell her where the car is being kept, and she only has 35 days to appeal the seizure.
The Land Rover Defenders are likely to become more valuable as the BBC reported last year that the manufacturer, Jaguar Land Rover (JLR), is going to stop producing the vehicle in 2015 due to European laws on gas emissions.
According to JLR, the 67-year-old model could not be adapted for the new European laws. The newer models cannot be sold in the U.S. for the same reason.