VIN verification.

Discussion in 'The Club House' started by BenLuby, Nov 3, 2011.

  1. BenLuby

    BenLuby New Member

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    Got a question for the lawmen on here. (I'm in Georgia.) Was just given a 1986 Harley 883 basket case. All it needs is frame, and I've found one, BUT no title. It's a 1986 Harley Frame. Any way to get it ran to make sure it's a legal frame?
    Don't want to spend over a grand for a new frame, when I found one for under 200 bucks.
    But I want to make sure I'm not going to put a bike together only to find out I can't get a title on it.
     
  2. MrWray

    MrWray New Member

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    You should just be able to write the vin down and have the local authorities run it for you, wouldnt take a minute.
     

  3. Vikingdad

    Vikingdad New Member

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    Don't do anything until you know its not stolen. A buddy of mine did a full restoration on a BSA and when he went to the DMV it turned up stolen and was confiscated on the spot.
     
  4. BenLuby

    BenLuby New Member

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    Thanks. I actually ave the VIN. Wrote it down and told him I'll be back in a day or two to pick up the frame.
     
  5. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    Have you considered contacting local Harley dealer?
     
  6. BenLuby

    BenLuby New Member

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    These frames run anywhere from 800 bucks on up to a couple grand for the specials. So, when I found this, I had to look at it. The possible theft issue is the entire reason I wanted to find out first, because I don't want to spend some money and find out it's worthless.
     
  7. Vikingdad

    Vikingdad New Member

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    You should be able to run the VIN at the DMV and see if it is legit. A reported stolen VIN stays on the books forever, but a VIN that has not been paid up for a number of years (here in CA it is 10 years) falls off the books so you can register it as a "new" VIN with no penalties.
     
  8. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    Check with your local PD or SO. There may be an Auto Theft Task Force there. Here in Texas, the ATTF's have more access than other officers. They will have NICB access, the insurance database.
     
  9. BenLuby

    BenLuby New Member

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    Called the local sheriff's office. Seems, according to them, they aren't allowed to run a VIN unless the vehicle is sitting in front of them. Will pursue other avenues and keep you guys advised!!
     
  10. Vikingdad

    Vikingdad New Member

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    Well then have them go run it in front of the guy selling it.

    I have been interested in cars in the past and run the VIN past a friend of mine who is a cop. His deal was that I just had to tell him where it was before he ran the VIN so they could recover it if it came up stolen. I would give him the location before giving him the VIN. I have no problem with that and I would tell the seller exactly what I was doing so if it was a stolen car he knew the cops were on the phone and would be there in a heartbeat if it was a stolen car.

    A few months ago I was looking at a 1946 Jeep and the VIN on the title did not match the frame number or the body tub number. He had three different numbers! I just walked away from it. I think the guy got ripped off when he bought the thing but he had never had the VIN verified! Buyer beware!
     
  11. MobileMarine

    MobileMarine New Member

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    Gotta watch stuff out of Georgia , best bud just bought a f350 4 7.3 4x4 with a texas hauler bed and kenworth rear axle . Bought it , got it back here to Raleigh , plugged the computer up to it to find a different vin , more searching turned up 4 more different vin numbers on that pile . A buddie of mine with the dmv theft division found the confidential vin and came back as salvaged but the truck came a clear title . A certain dealership is in trouble . I hear about alot of stuff stolen getting sold in and around georgia .
     
  12. BenLuby

    BenLuby New Member

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    And my family just thinks I'm paranoid. Here's the update. First point, the frame is in Florida, which makes Georgia look like a pristine, crime free utopia. The police department told me that I could just ask any police officer in the field and they'd run it for me, or come by the office and they'd run it.
    Seems the Sherriff's department is under a different set of guidelines, so I'll know in a day or so whether or not it is a valid, sweet deal.
    If it is, I'll be riding in about two months.
     
  13. BenLuby

    BenLuby New Member

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    Friend of mines son is on the local PD and he just had me send him the numbers to run for me. So...within the next few days I get to find out whether I found a great buy or a crook trying to get one over on me.
    Hopefully it's a great deal. Then I get to put together a motormacicle.