You think you may have found the classic car you want to purchase. According to the article, “Buy Classic Cars: How to Learn a Car’s Story,” before you purchase a classic car you need information about it. You should know who manufactured it, and where, how many people have owned it, what part of the United States they lived, how often it was serviced, and who serviced it. The more questions you have answers to the more you can determine whether to purchase the car.
If you know where to look, finding information about a classic car is not so daunting.
Vehicle Identification Number
A motor vehicles identification number may be a source of information. It is a coded series of numbers, and letters, which include the cars manufacture date, and place. Since 1981, you will find the motor vehicle number of any vehicle sold recorded at the Department of Motor Vehicles where it is registered. To decipher what the numbers and letters of a particular model refer to, do a web-search for “vin decoder.” You can find the motor vehicle number at the top of the dash on the driver’s side, on the post of the passenger side door, and on the engine block of the vehicle.
The car’s present owner may be a good source. He can provide the Vehicle Identification Number, maybe he’ll know who the previous owner was, and he can tell you where he purchased the car. He can also tell you about work done on the vehicle, the mechanic who did the work, and where he had it serviced. In addition, if you live in another city he may fax you a copy of the title, and you can follow up on the information it supplies.
Department of Motor Vehicles
You next contact is the Department of Motor Vehicles where the car is registered. If they have the Vehicle Identification Number they can do a title search, and give you other Motor Vehicle Departments where the car’s been registered.
If the car is older than 1981, the Department of motor vehicles won’t have a Vehicle Identification Number, so, locating a precious owner is your best bet. You can also get the opinions of those who serviced the car.
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