How can you check to see if a car is stolen?

My sketchy cousin wants to sell me his old car for just $300. I would love to buy it and fix it up in my free time, but he doesn't have any of the paperwork. Is there a way for me to check if the car was stolen?

Great question! You can go to to find out if a car was stolen.
The National Insurance Crime Bureau collects the VINs (Vehicle Identification Number) of reportedly stolen vehicles from participating car insurance companies. If you put the VIN from your cousin’s car into their VIN tracker, you can see if it was stolen.
But if the car wasn’t stolen, you’ll still have trouble registering the car without the title. Double-check with your cousin to make sure he doesn’t have any paperwork. If he really doesn’t, contact your local DMV and ask about your state’s rules regarding duplicate titles without proof of ownership.
Once your car is titled and restored, use the Jerry app to find the coverage you need! A licensed broker, Jerry helps you find rates from over 50 top insurance providers for free and sends the best offers right to your phone!
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Shannon Martin
Answered on Nov 01, 2021
Shannon is an expert in personal lines liability insurance with 13 + years of insurance industry experience. She also served as a special insurance liaison to AARP members for 6 of those years. She is a graduate of UL Lafayette and currently resides in NY with her family. Shannon is also an amateur juggler, ukulele player, and is a time travel paradox theory enthusiast.

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