How do I find my old car with the VIN number?

What’s the best way to find an old car using the VIN number? My dad and I fixed up this old convertible together a few years ago. He recently passed away, and I’d like to buy back the car in his memory.

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What a great way to honor your father! While tracking down old cars can be difficult when you don’t have the proper information, you can easily use a VIN to find your old car.
Websites like Vinpit, CARFAX, and Autocheck offer VIN decoder services online. All you need to do is input your VIN, and these websites will tell you a range of information, like:
  • The service history,
  • damage reports,
  • current owners, and
  • last known location.
From there, you can contact the owners and see if they’re willing to sell. Unfortunately, VIN decoders aren’t free. You’ll likely be charged a one-time fee of between $15 and $30—depending on the information you’d like to receive.
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Liz Jenson
Answered on Nov 18, 2021
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