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Technical Serial number verification

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by King ford, May 15, 2019.

  1. King ford
    Joined: Mar 18, 2013
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    King ford
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    greetings fellow HAMBers!...this may have been discussed before but things in life and especially government agencies are in a constant state of flux. I am wondering if there is a relatively simple way to verify the last registered owner of a car. We all know the drill, a parts car is for sale by someone your about 99% sure you trust without a title but with a bill of sale..... I live in New Jersey and the parts car I'm interested in is in Pennsylvania if that makes any difference. As always any help you HAMB brothers ( and sisters!) can give me ( and I'm sure others can benefit as well!) will be greatly appreciated!
     
  2. You should start with the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission. They will tell you what you need to do to get a title for your car as I'm assuming a title is what you are after.

    All states handle this differently except for the major pain in the ass part--every state requires that.​
     
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  3. Pennsylvania 6-5000
    Call PA DMV and find out if they can do a VIN(serial number) search to see of the vehicle is legit.
    I have done it in GA and FL with mixed results.
     
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  4. King ford
    Joined: Mar 18, 2013
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    King ford
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    Thanks for the info guys!
     
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  5. oldolds
    Joined: Oct 18, 2010
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    oldolds
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    In PA a car that has not been registered for 5 years will be out of the system. I doubt even then if you can call, you need a legal reason. A police officer can access these numbers. There is also some way to look up older vehicles, you need a better reason, ie. estate lawyer, something to do with serious crime, ect.
     
  6. rztrike
    Joined: Apr 20, 2009
    Posts: 131

    rztrike
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    Call a local PA state police department where the car is located. Ask to speak to a PA DOT inspection officer. The one who helped me was in Embreeville Barracks, Southeastern PA. Explain what your wanting to do. They may want to visit the car to personally verify the numbers and they will send a verification that the vin is legit (hopefully it is) which then you can take to your DOT and get a Title in your state. There is no cost involved. They have been very helpful the 3 times I have needed to check Vin numbers in order to get a Title
    Hope this helps
     
  7. mr.chevrolet
    Joined: Jul 19, 2006
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    mr.chevrolet
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    you better ask the owner first if you can do this, his answer can tell you a lot.
     
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