Forensic Testing - Oil

Forensic Oil testing tells you the condition of the engine.

Forensic Oil sampling kits reduce the cost of your investigation,
lower the threshold limit for investigations,
and increase your chance to prevent fraud.

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Forensic testing of vehicle fluids (oil, fuel, transmission and brake fluid) provides information to determine the condition of the vehicle at the time of the fire, flood, or theft. The condition of the fluids and the vehicle can help identify damage, failure, motive, and value.

We regularly get asked, Why Test?

The best answers are real forensic investigations from our 30+ years of experience.

A man in North Carolina discovers his vehicle missing. He intends to file a stolen vehicle report and insurance claim on Monday morning. On the Sunday before, his vehicle is discovered. In North Carolina; near his home; burned. The police suspect the owner. The insurance company suspects the owner. The insurance investigator does a thorough investigation including a sample of the engine oil.
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Vehicle Fluid Analysis

 

Vehicle Fluid Analysis

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The forensic oil analysis indicates massive wear and engine failure. This is an excellent motive for the owner to torch the car. Only, the investigator has in his notes that the oil was changed at a service station the previous week. The service station recorded the mileage at the time of service. The burned abandoned vehicle had 3000+ additional miles on it.

Further investigation and evidence proved the car had been stolen, used on a multi-state drug run, returned and torched to destroy the evidence. +1 for the Innocent Man, 0 for the Bad Guys. Facts make your case.

Testing the oil, fuel, transmission fluid, and brake fluid is quick and easy, with no out pocket expense for the investigator. Get this information you need for your thorough investigation. Get the facts.

How to ship oil samples

US Department of Transportation Regulations state that samples 2 ounces or less of oil or gasoline must be shipped using an “overpack” mailer. The sample bottle must be placed in a mail piece with enough cushioning material surrounding it to absorb all potential leakage. The cushioning and primary receptacle should be packed within a securely sealed secondary container (mailer) that can then be placed in a box or shipping container. The samples can only be sent via ground shipping and cannot be sent through the air (overnight) or on a carrier that handles passengers.

The Armstrong Forensic Laboratory Vehicle Fluid Sampling Kit complies with all DOT shipping requirements.

Call today to get your sampling kit and shipping container

Report fraud and vehicle theft to your local law enforcement, as well as the National Insurance Crime Bureau at 1-800-TEL-NICB (1-800-835-6422).

Your call to NICB can be anonymous and you may be eligible for a reward.

Vehicle Fluid Sampling Kits Training Videos

Full Training Video

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Oil Collection with Pump

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Oil Collection with Pump

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Radiator Fluid with Syringe

 

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Transmission Fluid

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[1] FBI UCR Program’s National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS) Statistics.
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