My VIN is Missing. What Does It Mean?

Recently, I was asked a question by a lady that prefers to stay anonymous (for obvious reasons). She had just bought a car without verifying the VIN on the vehicle and is now possibly in possession of a stolen vehicle:

Missing VIN email

At this point, there is nothing that can be done to reverse the [implied] damage. This is why it is important for you to verify the VIN not only on the title, but on the car itself as well!

A missing VIN can mean many things, some of which include:

  • The vehicle is/was possibly stolen
  • The vehicle has been in an accident and had parts of it replaced
  • The vehicle’s VIN does not match the VIN on the title
  • … and many other reasons (none of which are good)

To keep yourself from falling victim to this type of fraud and scam, be sure to verify the VIN on the title to the VIN on the car. Once you’ve verified it, don’t forget to run a VIN Check on the car to see its Vehicle History (there are cheap alternatives out there).


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