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Old 04-28-2006, 05:42 PM
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Vin/Title Searches

Has anybody out there used this company for a Vin Search?
http://www.abika.com/Reports/vehicleownership.htm

I'm trying to find the last owner of an unmolested 1955, 1/2ton, big window, w/ original V-8 Chevy truck. A customer of mine said that I can have it if I go yank it out of his father's field (so I did). It was supposed to be a project for he and his son but the son wanted a 60's muscle car and this guy never transfered the title into his name.

Now here's where it gets goofy-

He gave me a title and a bill of sale from the gentlemen the he had gotten it from and I ran down to the DMV to get the paperwork going. No problems there, I just need to bring the truck back down to get the vin# verified (the title was issued from Michigan).

However, I never double checked the actual Vin# on the truck, guess what-the printed vin doesn't match the truck. Oh cr@p!
So I ask the guy that I got it from if he had accidentally given me the wrong paper work ( he has several older vehicles) and he said no, that was the title that was given to him.

So I request a vin search from the Michigan DMV and 6wks later I get my answer- no record of that truck ever being registered in Michigan.

So I dig a little deeper and decode the vin and find out that the truck was assembled in Oakland, Ca. Before I proceed to my local DMV(I'm in California), I want to do some research on my own to find the last registered owner- I don't want any unpleasant suprises (liens,back fees or if it's ever been reported stolen)- so that brings me to the original question about the company I had posted at the top.

Sorry about the long post, but I'm at a loss on my next step- I've thouroughly searched this board and others regarding missing titles for older vehicles. Any advice or info would be appreciated.

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Old 05-03-2006, 09:04 PM
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Here's another one.I haven't used them,just came across it searching for something.


http://www.broadwaytitle.com/
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Old 05-04-2006, 03:53 PM
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Here's another one.I haven't used them,just came across it searching for something.


http://www.broadwaytitle.com/
Thanks for the reply, but I'm not looking to buy a title- I heard that company is being investigated.
I was just wondering if anybody had used the site in my earlier post regarding a vin search.
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not that I know of for older vehicles, carfax and sites that use the carfax engine is all I can think of but they need a 1981- present 17 digit vin to work.
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Old 05-04-2006, 04:33 PM
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Nope- the truck has a 12 digit vin #- I've scoured the internet for a free vin search engine for antique vehicles and came up with nothing.
I'm just gonna do it - I'll post the results later.
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*UPDATE*
Well, I finally got the truck properly registered & titled in my name.
I used a local professional registration service that cost me $250 + dmv fees ($133).
Yeah, it was a little pricey but it's a legit service and I had tags.plates and a title in my name within 2 weeks- now the fun can begin
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hey a truck with a Jacuzzi in the back -- cool
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hey a truck with a Jacuzzi in the back -- cool
Ah crap... that cat's out of the bag......watch out West Coast Customs....

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Cool truck....but I am not sure that they made a fleetside in 55.....I was under the impression that they started in 58. Maybe, the box has been changed?
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Cool truck....but I am not sure that they made a fleetside in 55.....I was under the impression that they started in 58. Maybe, the box has been changed?
The Cameo (fleetside) was available in '55.
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But, weren't the Cameo sides made of fiberglass?
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yep the cameo sides were fiberglass. And i also think 58 was the year for the fleetside. Cole
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I stand corrected.
I didn't know they were made from glass.
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