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If the last you know about the car is circa 1965,

when it was an everyday car, I think the chances are

very small that the car is still on the road.  Only a small

percentage survive to collector status.

 

Still, it might be interesting to try to locate, if tracking is 

possible.  In what state was the car?  In a few states,

such tracking may be possible to the general public,

but often, states only allow policemen such a privilege

these days.

 

All the best to you! 

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4 hours ago, padgett said:

Some states like Florida can track a VIN. Not sure which others, would be a handy list.

 

How does Florida "track a VIN"?  as far as I have seen they only verify the vin before a title is issued

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In NY state our local police can do a nationwide search of the VIN number. The purpose of the search to verify if that number is already being used elsewhere  when he is there to witness a vehicle  that you are applying for LOST REGESTRATION or TITLE PAPERS. Its no different that the police doing a FBI nationwide search serial number on a hand gun. If its registered  it will pop up. My father sold a ANTIQUE CAR IN THE 1960S. I had a old registration for the car. I found the car 40 plus years later because it had been registered  to the road. Yes it can be done.

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5 hours ago, John348 said:

How does Florida "track a VIN"?

Go to the web site I linked, enter the VIN or title number. Enter the anti-robot value. Will give something like this (not my car)

Vehicle Information:

Vehicle Identification Number:  1G6YV34A755600xxx 

Year/Make:  2005 CADILLAC  
Previous Title State:  MICHIGAN 

Registration Expiration Date:  3/10/2019  
Title:  106968xxx 

Title Issue Date:  3/15/2013  
Title Status:  ACTIVE  Title Print Date:  3/15/2013  
Odometer Reading/Status:  59,000 ACTUAL MILEAGE  Odometer Date:  3/15/2013  
Color:  BLACK  Vehicle Type:  AUTO  
Net Weight:  3,647 

Owner Information:  1 owner  
Paper Title  
Salvage:    
Brands:   
Lien Information  There is no lien on this vehicle. 

 

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4 hours ago, padgett said:

Go to the web site I linked, enter the VIN or title number. Enter the anti-robot value. Will give something like this (not my car)

Vehicle Information:

Vehicle Identification Number:  1G6YV34A755600xxx 

Year/Make:  2005 CADILLAC  
Previous Title State:  MICHIGAN 

Registration Expiration Date:  3/10/2019  
Title:  106968xxx 

Title Issue Date:  3/15/2013  
Title Status:  ACTIVE  Title Print Date:  3/15/2013  
Odometer Reading/Status:  59,000 ACTUAL MILEAGE  Odometer Date:  3/15/2013  
Color:  BLACK  Vehicle Type:  AUTO  
Net Weight:  3,647 

Owner Information:  1 owner  
Paper Title  
Salvage:    
Brands:   
Lien Information  There is no lien on this vehicle. 

 

 

But isn't  that is only if the car is currently titled in the state of Florida?

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8 hours ago, ted sweet said:

they need a valid police reason to the search. because you asked isnt one.

Ted, Give them a reason.... use your head. Example- " Im thinking of buying a 1965 Ford wagon serial # XXXXXXXXXX, the papers are missing. Can you run this serial # for me?" Ive never had a problem. Or try the obvious reason. "Im trying to find my dads  original car serial # XXXXXXX , Can you run this number for me? "  Ive never has a problem.

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8 minutes ago, John348 said:

 

But isn't  that is only if the car is currently titled in the state of Florida?

And it might have to be 17 characters long, ALL filled in. 

 

Will it recognize a vehicle made prior to 1981?

 

Craig

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4 hours ago, 8E45E said:

And it might have to be 17 characters long, ALL filled in. 

 

Will it recognize a vehicle made prior to 1981?

 

Craig

 

All I noticed in Florida in cars older then 1981 is that either the DMV official or a Deputy confirms that the VIN on the car matches the one on the paperwork. I never heard of Florida tracking VIN's

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Pretty sure all states are different. Some purge records after 10 years. Some use Bill of sale rather than title. I've bought cars from bill of sale states and PA said "OK" and issued a PA title, no problem. Some states require multiple hoops to be jumped through.

I'm guessing states don't cross reference VIN #'s to track vehicle status.

I'd suggest you try the state it was originally registered in to see if it it currently has a license plate.

If a dead end you would likely be better served by spending your time/resources treating your romantic other (of whatever stripe) to a nice dinner.

Your results may vary......Bob

 

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OY

Vehicle Identification Number: 542xxx Year/Make: 1973 MINI COOPER
Previous Title State: FLORIDA Registration Expiration Date:  
Title: 12941xxxx Title Issue Date: 8/7/2018
Title Status: CANCELLED (sold out of state) Title Print Date:  
Odometer Reading/Status: EXEMPT Odometer Date:  
Color: BLUE Vehicle Type: AUTO
Net Weight: 2,157 Owner Information: 1 owner
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States do share VIN information.

About 15 years ago a friend had his car stolen from a shop in Calif that was finishing up what needed to be done to complete the import process.

After a few years he figured the car was gone for good and would never be found.

Five years after it was stolen he gets a call from a police dept in Oregon saying that they have his car and he can come pick it up, he just needs to bring his original paperwork with him.

The stolen car was used as a display vehicle so it was never registered then sold to someone who tried to register it.

That was when it was flagged in the system.

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38 minutes ago, padgett said:

OY

Vehicle Identification Number: 542xxx Year/Make: 1973 MINI COOPER
Previous Title State: FLORIDA Registration Expiration Date:  
Title: 12941xxxx Title Issue Date: 8/7/2018
Title Status: CANCELLED (sold out of state) Title Print Date:  
Odometer Reading/Status: EXEMPT Odometer Date:  
Color: BLUE Vehicle Type: AUTO
Net Weight: 2,157 Owner Information: 1 owner

 

Mr P you still have not answered my question how does the state of Florida track VIN numbers? as you you even shown with the above post once it leaves the state of Florida they have no idea where it is, Am I correct?

On 3/7/2020 at 5:49 PM, padgett said:

Some states like Florida can track a VIN. Not sure which others, would be a handy list.

 

You said it /\ /\

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The original poster's question is not yet specific

to any state, so let's get more information from him.

It's interesting, Padgett, that Florida makes some

tracking available, and thank you for sharing that;

but that, for now, is just an example.

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