How to find previous owner of a car?

Discussion in 'New Owner Questions' started by kennewbike, Sep 14, 2011.

  1. kennewbike

    kennewbike Enthusiast

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    I have the VIN number for the car I'm buying, and I was hoping to speak with the previous owner of it. I am live in Canada and here we have something called "used vehicle buyers package", which lists all the previous owners of your car once you give them your VIN. This does not apply to any cars outside our Province.

    Do any of you know how I could locate the owner if all I have is the cars VIN number?
     
  2. bluesrt

    bluesrt Viper Owner

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    i thought a car fax in the us had owners on there?
     
  3. viper_itch

    viper_itch Enthusiast

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    1) google the VIN... probably won't help but you never know. My VIN has about 6 hits from google. Carfax, Ads etc.

    2) google a partial VIN for here. "0xxx site:forums.viperclub.org" My partial VIN will hit on the previous owner who posted the partial here. Not sure how common that is though...
     
  4. CEJ

    CEJ Viper Owner

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    Try going to the DMV in your state (assuming it was titled there), and you may be able to purchase the title history. That's what I did with my Viper...got the VIN, slapped $10 down at the DMV, got the title, and then found the previous owner on linkedIn. Nice guy, great to learn about the car and also found out what the dealer gave him in trade. :) All in all, $10 well spent.
     
  5. kennewbike

    kennewbike Enthusiast

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    unfortunately I live in Canada, and the past owner was in the US. That elliminates that option for me :(
     
  6. E_tar

    E_tar Viper Owner

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    dodge dealers usually have this info in their databases..
     
  7. pure zen

    pure zen Viper Owner

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    Take your VIN# to your Dodge dealer, and ask them to run a > VIP Summary Report on the car.

    That should get you the information you are seeking...
     
  8. Chelseasnake

    Chelseasnake Viper Owner

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    you have a pm
     
  9. jax92

    jax92 Enthusiast

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    Carfax does not list owner info. All of the privacy legislation has made it almost impossible to do a search.
     
  10. agdetail

    agdetail Enthusiast

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    i tihnk ill take my viper to the dealership.

    my viper was from the states, now in vancouver and it had some mods on it. always wanted to ask the original owner what exhaust and mods are on the car.
     
  11. plumcrazy

    plumcrazy Viper Owner

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    yes, dealer has the info
     

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