VIN Plates Removed - Can Car Go Back on Road?

VIN Plates Removed - Can Car Go Back on Road?

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jap-car

Original Poster:

461 posts

207 months

Thursday 6th May 2004
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I'm thinking of buying a car which was allegedly stolen and then recovered (I'm not sure if it was insured at the time or not). The VIN plates etc have been removed. Obviously, I'd have to be pretty careful here but if the above story is true, can the car be legally put back on the road or is it good only for spares?

Thanks,

Robert.

Liszt

4,329 posts

227 months

Thursday 6th May 2004
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I believe that it is possible.

As long as it is only the chassis plate which has been removed then either a new one can be fitted or the details over-stamped (althought not sure about this)

If the vehicle has totally been de-id''d then it is bugger.

If you have good proof of what the vehicle is, a call to the manufacturer or importer is probably a good idea.

Hpi will probably show the vehicle as Stolen/ Recovered so you need to knock a bit off the book value and chances are insurance might be more than a straight car.

jap-car

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461 posts

207 months

Thursday 6th May 2004
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I think all ID has been removed!

Liszt

4,329 posts

227 months

Thursday 6th May 2004
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Where are you buying from?
If it is a private sale I'd be very careful and probably walkaway.

If it is from a salvage auction give them a call and ask what the procedure is to get it re id'd. If it is cat a or b then it is parts only and you need to be a registered dismantler to trade in them, which I am guessing you are not.

If it is from a motor trader, i'd try and get a second opinion.

There is no problem with putting it back on the road in theory if it's id is established. Might need to have it mot for insurncae co.

jap-car

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461 posts

207 months

Thursday 6th May 2004
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Hi,

It's a private sale currently on ebay. It's a strange situation in that the seller claims he bought the car as a project, needing a new engine. (I'm sure this is true as as I saw the car in autotrader about a month ago). The owner then removed the engine but he says that at this point the car was stolen and recovered but that all ID was removed. This sounds rather odd as how /why would you steal a car with no engine? (it's not particularly rare or valuable). I don't expect the car was insured at the time it was stolen.

Anyway, I thought I might pick up a bargain here but it's only of use if there is some cheap / practical way of replacing the ID on the vehicle hence I haven't asked the seller any more details as yet, but if I were to consider the car any further, I would be asking lots of questions obviously.

Oh and I'm not in the trade.

Thanks for your help.

Robert

Muncher

11,736 posts

206 months

Thursday 6th May 2004
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WALK AWAY

jap-car

Original Poster:

461 posts

207 months

Thursday 6th May 2004
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Muncher said:
WALK AWAY


That was my first reaction but I could get a really good bargain.

If the story is true, how would I go about reassigning identity? Is there any official guidance?

zumbruk

5,033 posts

217 months

Thursday 6th May 2004
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jap-car said:

Muncher said:
WALK AWAY



That was my first reaction but I could get a really good bargain.

If the story is true, how would I go about reassigning identity? Is there any official guidance?


RUN AWAY!!!

Dwight VanDriver

6,583 posts

201 months

Thursday 6th May 2004
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The details you give of the source wouldk make me want, like others advise, to have nothing to do with it. But a bargain is a bargain.......

But you ask a question.

If it came into your possession then it appears DVLA would deal with as a kit/new build vehicle and it would need to be examined at a local DVLA Office before they issue necessary paperwork and RFL. Where a VIN is missing they will also allocate one. DVLA LO will also need proof as to who you are and your address, what documentation you have for the vehicle and all receipts in connection with purchase of it and parts fitted to make roadworthy.

If Insurance have written the vehicle off/scrapped then it will also have to undergo a thorough VIC (Vehicle Identity Check)by VOSA (Veh Inspectorate).

Suggest that you have a word with your local DVLA Office on a face to face so that you are fully briefed on not only what you are letting yourself in for but also what DVLA require from you.

DVD

Liszt

4,329 posts

227 months

Thursday 6th May 2004
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I'd say it is just good for parts.

Walk away.

Liszt

4,329 posts

227 months

Thursday 6th May 2004
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I'd say it is just good for parts.

Walk away.

jap-car

Original Poster:

461 posts

207 months

Thursday 6th May 2004
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Thanks everyone. If I do take this further then I'll let you all know what exactly is required.

Cheers,

Robert