[TR] [EXTERNAL] Re: VINs
mdporter at dfn.com
Thu Nov 7 21:14:58 MST 2019
On 11/7/2019 7:43 PM, Wbeech at flash.net wrote:
> It comes down to do you want to be right, or get a title and tags for
> your car. Bill
Sometimes you get neither. Back in the early Zeroes, I bought a car in
Texas, A TR7 (well, hell, it was an oddity with a John's Cars Buick V-6
conversion), and drove it back to NM. Admittedly, I looked at the VIN
and thought it matched the title and didn't think any more about it,
because Texas gave me temporary tags and the insurance company was okay
When I went to title the car in NM, though, I discovered that there was
a zero missing in the middle of the VIN number on the title (two zeroes
in a row on the car's VIN plate). So, I did all the due diligence
research, proving that there couldn't have been a car with that VIN as
shown on the title. The prefixes had to have been different for a
serial number that short, and so this had to be a transcription error,
not a stolen car.
To no avail. Bureaucratic turgidity and turbidity being what they are,
I was told that they don't match, so, no title. (In the late `80s,
apparently the FBI got on NM's case for being too lax in titling cars
stolen in Texas and Oklahoma and, ever since, they've been absolutely
cranky about numbers matching. When I titled the VW bus here in 1990,
they made me prove that the VIN tag hadn't been forged--on a funky 1968
VW bus!--fortunately, I knew where the VIN was stamped into the frame
and could show them.)
The error, at the least, went back to a titling in Connecticut, but, the
trail stopped there. Had to appear in person to make an inquiry, and
just didn't have time or money for that at the time.
> Cactus Jack drinks coffee black......BWS
BWS? Wasn't that Michael Martin Murphey?
Never let anyone drive you crazy when you know it's within walking distance....
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