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How to Locate a Vehicle That You Previously Owned


You may want to know what happened to your old car or where it is located. Or, you might want to buy it back. Before starting to trace it, have the vehicle identification number and a clear photo of your old car handy. You may have heard of a service known as reverse VIN lookup, but websites that offer this service often provide inaccurate information. Know that if you are not the owner of the car, you are not permitted to acquire the car’s information unless you have written permission from the current owner or the current owner accompanies you to the motor vehicles agency.

Locate Your Old Car VIN

If you did not jot down your VIN when you owned the car, you likely have kept your registration and insurance cards for your old car. Check for your VIN on those documents. If you no longer have them, check at the auto mechanic shop where you took your car for repairs. These businesses keep records of the cars they work on, including the VIN.