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Not to sound cynical, but I think that legally, body shops have to identify the owner and the vehicle on a shop letterhead estimate or repair order. Around here anyways.
After a 'hit and run' type accident, the perpetrator at fault wants the damage fixed and hidden quickly to avoid getting caught.
Many body shops were found to be complicit with auto theft rings in changing a stolen car's appearance to avoid detection. A painted dash and door from a junker could be used for a different VIN.
A guy locally stuffed deer fur into a smashed front end to hide the fact that he killed a bicyclist, but investigators eventually caught on arrested him.
It's for everyones protection.
 
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