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Old 12-30-2010, 01:34 PM   #1
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The last time I sold a car (online), people e-mailed me wanting the VIN number. Apparantly there is a way to research the history of the car (crash damage, etc...) by the VIN. I've never seen this actually done, only heard about it.

So this time I'm selling a car, and am considering simply posting the VIN number in the ad. Is this a bad idea?

Also, is this crash-history service available for free? I'd like to run the car myself, and see what the report has to say.
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Old 12-30-2010, 02:17 PM   #2
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They're using Carfax, most likely. It's not free.
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Old 12-30-2010, 03:04 PM   #3
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Thanks. Is there any reason to not post the VIN#?
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Old 12-30-2010, 05:02 PM   #4
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I'd guess the wrong sort of people might use it for nefarious purposes. Maybe make a vin plate, using your number, for a stolen car or something.
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If anyone wants the vin, send via email if you do not want to post it. or get a copy of the carfax report yourself and send a copy via email.
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