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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old May 28th, 06, 12:17 AM Thread Starter
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How do you find a car you previously owned?

Does anyone have a suggestion about where to start to try and track down a car that you previously owned? Starting with no papers, VIN, etc., just know what the car was.

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Re: How do you find a car you previously owned?

You could try and trace the history by finding the person you sold it to or dealership the car ended up at and go from there. If you had the VIN, you could do a title search through the DMV if your state allows that.

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Re: How do you find a car you previously owned?

Without a VIN it will be tough.
Are you sure you don't have any old paperwork? Maybe an old insurance policy or quote.

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Re: How do you find a car you previously owned?

one of my favorite subjects. i decided to try and track down my old ls6 about 18 years ago. i bought it new in '70 and traded it in at the same dealer in '75. called the dealership to see if i could get the vin but found out they only keep that kind of paperwork for a few years. called the insurance company, bank, etc. with no luck. even the state only keeps the registration records for a few years after the car moves on to a differrent owner. i was amazed by that. i figured they microfilmed it and kept it indefinetly. i even called the college i attended in 1970 because i had it registered for a parking pass and they told me they didnt keep those records, just the grade and credit info. the closest i came was about a year or two ago i remembered that i had had the car in a body shop to repair a little ding i had in a rear fender. the body shop was still in business and he told me he had just trashed the records recently that would have been from the time period he worked on the car. i suppose if you can remember things like certain work that was done where they may have recorded the vin, or i bet that if you ever had a ticket with the car there might be a record of that still on file. the sad thing is i had kept my original paperwork on the car for years and finally tossed it out during a spring cleaning deal in the late seventies. good luck and if you find a way to do it let us know!

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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old May 28th, 06, 11:49 AM
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Re: How do you find a car you previously owned?

i would say try and look for old picture. you might get a clue. such as the plate number. or maybe if you put in on the add in the papers, look for the print in micro at you local liblary. maybe you place the add with a vin on it.

as for 79943, i think you should try and look for old paper adds, (microfish) maybe the dealer place an add on it with the vin# on the add.
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Re: How do you find a car you previously owned?

State privacy laws passed in 2000 make it very hard.
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