car fax: your car’s history

BTW, I’ve got a carfax.com membership for a month. If anyone wants a vehicle history report (on your vehicle or one you are thinking of buying), leave your car’s VIN here. The report tells you everything from title changes to emissions tests to police accident reports to major repairs reported by mechanics. It’s a handy little service.

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3 thoughts on “car fax: your car’s history

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    This was my grandmother’s car and I inherited it after her death. Tanith wanted it, but I decided we really needed the money, so I needed to sell it. This guy, Louis Valas, gave me a sob story: his wife just died of cancer, his van was stolen, he was alone with three kids and he was gonna lose his job if he didn’t have working transportation right away. So he talked me into letting him make payments, with $100 down.

    He moved and left no forwarding address. I called him. He told me he needed to decide whether to pay me or give the call back, and he’d call me the next day. He never did. When I called, he’d pick up and hang up right away. When I called back, he wouldn’t answer. Eventually, the phone was disconnected.

    I don’t think he ever registered the car. I’ve still got keys and could go pick it up if I knew where it was. Or I could have a friend who’s a peace officer go down with me and discuss it with him.

    I know I should just drop it, but it gripes me, and I’m bilious over his obnubilation.

    • Carfax doesn’t release owner’s addresses. So, I’m not sure this will help. It does give the latest title number. Not sure, if you went to the county courthouse, if owner’s information is public record. But it’s worth checking out. Here’s the detailed history on the car:

      09/17/1985 NICB
      Vehicle manufactured and shipped to original
      dealer

      01/05/1987 20,314 Virginia
      Motor Vehicle Dept.
      Yorktown, VA
      Title issued or updated
      Title or registration issued
      Exempt from odometer reporting

      05/30/2001 Virginia
      Motor Vehicle Dept.
      Yorktown, VA
      Title or registration issued
      Exempt from odometer reporting

      11/06/2001 88,373 Virginia
      Motor Vehicle Dept.
      Yorktown, VA
      Title or registration issued
      New owner reported

      07/03/2002 90,672 Colorado
      Inspection Station
      Passed emissions inspection

      12/16/2002 Colorado
      Motor Vehicle Dept.
      Denver, CO
      Title #113827
      Title or registration issued

      01/27/2004 Colorado
      Motor Vehicle Dept.
      Broomfield, CO
      Title #024360
      Title or registration issued
      New owner reported

      10/11/2005 Colorado
      Motor Vehicle Dept.
      Lafayette, CO
      Title #659431
      Title issued or updated
      New owner reported

      Carfax.com does give me the ability to make a comment about the car. If you like, I can put something in there about the car not belonging rightfully to that owner.

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