My truck was rear ended. I bought it from the insurance company. and
bought a replacement bed off ebay. But since it's a salvage title
now, I need to get it inspected. I was told I would need the VIN for
the inspection process, but the seller doesn't know it. He bought it
a few years ago and never used it. Nothing shady, but I'm beginning
to think a salvage title is a pain in the neck. (Maybe it was just
from being rear ended:))
OK, so you bought a collision part. I can't see who would care - can
you expand on this at all? I'm guessing that if you have to have it
"inspected"(by who?) they will quickly find the VIN if "they" are
trained to identify parts by VIN.
There are aftermarket sources for collision parts, or from Ford, w/o a
VIN. What do "they" expect in these cases?
That said, Ford parts have the VIN stickers along/near seams in jambs or
other hidden(with all doors closed) areas.
I am certainly not a body guy. But the guy who I plan to take it to
mentioned that I will need a VIN tag for the bed. The seller didn't
have anything like that. He offered to have a notarized statement
that he sold me the bed. However, I called the Ohio Highway Patrol
who will be doing the inspection, and the trooper I spoke with said
that I would need to provide something formal with the VIN information
on the vehicle the bed came from, otherwise they could not accept it,
and would not pass it on inspection. I can't provide this based on
what I currently have. I was hoping that if the seller of the bed and
I could come up with the VIN, we could in fact include that on the
Notarized receipt he would provide. I just don't want to get the bed
on the truck, only to find that I can't drive the vehicle or worse yet
it might be siezed due to something like this. All of this to prevent
the use of stolen parts I'm sure. I'm just hoping to get it sorted
out. Even worse is the fact that the soonest inspection available is
over a month away. I planned to have the truck back in operation this
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