August 4, 2012 09:13 PM
Missing VIN on ds apron - 1965 Mustang Fastback - impact sellability?
Missing VIN on ds apron - 1965 Mustang Fastback A couple of months back, I purchased a 1965 Mustang Fastback (VIN 5F09C270215) from Coyote Classics in Iowa. The car was financed and inspected by JJ Best. Car shipped to MO where I live. During the state inspection, the inspector used the door tag because the VIN was not visible (on the drivers side apron) likely cause it was replaced years and years ago during a restoration. Guessing he shouldn’t have done that, but he did and I was able to get plates for it
Fast forward, after putting about 3500.00 (plus 1500 sales taxes) into the car, I am wishing to sell it. I had 2 dealers look at it and feedback is same – without the VIN under the hood, it makes it tough to resell. Lots of questions
1. Clearly JJ Best (who inspected the car) and Coyote Classics used the door tag to verify the VIN. Do I have any legal recourse there since technically, the door tag cannot be used for ‘inspection purposes (essentially, they sold and financed a car they legally didn’t verify and now the problem is pushed downstream to me trying to resell/trade)
2. Replacing the VIN –Are there company’s that make replacement aprons with stamped VINs (assuming not cause it could lead to shadiness)?
3. Alternative VINs – is it true that other locations are the passenger side apron (underneath the fender) and the passenger side rear apron (underneath)?
a. If I pull and look at the other 2 areas and there are no VINs, what options do I have? I heard (but not verified) that if I take it to the MO DOT inspection stations (run by the MO State Highway Patrol), they can seize and impound the vehicle until the authenticity is resolved! UGH
b. Also heard that they can issue a new VIN (obviously not a 1965 VIN). Is that possible? I am sure it would devalue the car and impact sell ability to the purist.
4. How can I sell or trade the car with only a visible door tag?
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