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Posted: 03/01/12 11:49am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Is there a service for trailers that will do a VIN# history search similar to what CarFax does for automobiles?

I have found sites that breakdown the VIN number and what the component parts mean, but nothing that does a title history search.

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Sorry I cant answer your question but...Would you mind sharing any sites that breakdown the VIN# and what it means?

Tanks in advance,
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Considering the value of a Carfax Report (negligible, IMO), I question the value of a "TrailerFax Report".
Any damage to a trailer that is severe enough to be reportable would more than likely result in the scrapping of the trailer.
About all that would likely show up would be every time the title was transferred, which is really pretty useless information.
IMO, such a report would not be worth the paper it would be printed on!

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Posted: 03/01/12 01:04pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

There's a 17-digit VIN standard for ALL road vehicles manufactured after 1977.

Below Website wrote:

The Vehicle Identification Number was originally described in ISO Standard 3779 in February 1977 and last revised in 1983. The ISO-VIN was designed to identify motor vehicles, trailers, motorcycles and mopeds and consists of several parts described below.


Decoding any VIN number


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I've never had any repair facility that used my RVs VIN on their repair paper work so if there IS a network it's probably not very reliable.


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smildrum wrote:

Sorry I cant answer your question but...Would you mind sharing any sites that breakdown the VIN# and what it means?

Tanks in advance,
Susan


In addition to the links above and a couple of pay sites, I ran across these.
http://www.analogx.com/contents/vinview.htm

http://www.ehow.com/how_7512283_decode-rvs-vin-number.html (Article)

I also found this, for what it's worth. I have no idea if the data is accurate

https://www.nicb.org/theft_and_fraud_awareness/vincheck

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mowermech wrote:

Considering the value of a Carfax Report (negligible, IMO), I question the value of a "TrailerFax Report".
Any damage to a trailer that is severe enough to be reportable would more than likely result in the scrapping of the trailer.
About all that would likely show up would be every time the title was transferred, which is really pretty useless information.
IMO, such a report would not be worth the paper it would be printed on!


Yeah, you're probably right. I was just looking for a little extra piece of mind.

CarFax has helped me in the past. But the price does seem to have gone up considerably.

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I was a cop for thirty years and also a part-time student of grammar, spelling, and word usage. The VIN number thing always cracked me up. VIN is the acronym for "vehicle identification number", so "VIN number" means "vehicle identification number number". It's a slow day here in the Rockies... snowing to beat the band and this is what happens when I have too much time on my hands.

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johned wrote:

I was a cop for thirty years and also a part-time student of grammar, spelling, and word usage. The VIN number thing always cracked me up. VIN is the acronym for "vehicle identification number", so "VIN number" means "vehicle identification number number". It's a slow day here in the Rockies... snowing to beat the band and this is what happens when I have too much time on my hands.


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johned wrote:

I was a cop for thirty years and also a part-time student of grammar, spelling, and word usage. The VIN number thing always cracked me up. VIN is the acronym for "vehicle identification number", so "VIN number" means "vehicle identification number number". It's a slow day here in the Rockies... snowing to beat the band and this is what happens when I have too much time on my hands.


I'm with ya. Kind of like a "hot water heater", or a "NIC card"

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