In Johnny Cash's "One Piece At A Time", he tells the story of an autoworker that steals parts off the line for years to build himself a Cadillac. Call it an outdated business model - it's all about turning the parts around on eBay nowadays. Ronald Casagrande was sentenced to 13 months in jail and ordered to pay $131,000 in restitution (was that based on the actual cost of the parts, or service price?) for over a year's worth of theft from a DaimlerChrysler production facility in which he worked. Included in that list were high-buck items like nav systems and audio units; you know, probably the most expensive parts that fit into a backpack. Let's just say that this isn't a rare occurrence, and that all those shiny new parts on eBay didn't all happen to come out of low-mileage wrecks. I wouldn't be surprised to find some aftermarket components based on OEM parts that are procured through, shall we say, unusual purchasing channels.


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