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7/24/08 9:21pm - Original Message: 'Title Frustration'
carbineman49
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I have my first Corvette, a 1969 Convertible, and am very frustrated at my inability to trace the title on this vehicle.  All I am trying to do is document my car's history.  I do know that it came from Arkansas.  According to the Arkansas DMV only certain gov't. agencies can get this info.  Help - any ideas out there?   
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7/25/08 12:12am - Reply: 'Title Frustration'
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Twin Lakes, CO - USA

Vette(s):
SOLD - "The Toy" - 1970 Convertible
SOLD - "The Beast" - 1990 ZR-1 (#682)
"BLKBRRD" - 1978 Trans Am, 400ci/285hp, 4 spd, Black w/black interior, Hurst t-tops

Joined: 1/23/2002
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All of the privacy legislation that has been passed over the years has made it really hard to get "public" information.  It all has its pros and cons - the inability to document a car's history is one of the cons.

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7/25/08 6:44am - Reply: 'Title Frustration'
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williamston, NC - USA

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1969 coupe, 350, m22 trans, ac, black on black,

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 try going to your local dmv enforcement office, talk to a dmv investigator, he MAY be able to help you trace it.good luck,rd

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7/25/08 7:19am - Reply: 'Title Frustration'
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Flanders, NJ - USA

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1982 Black, ZZ4, Hooker Side Pipes, 3.55 Rear, Rebuilt & upgraded 700R4, All new suspension, brakes, & new Charcoal interior.

Joined: 1/27/2004
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Try a private investigator, they have ways of finding all kinds of stuff.

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7/25/08 1:45pm - Reply: 'Title Frustration'
Aaron1976
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Vancouver, WA - USA

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1976 Corvette Stingray L-48 Automatic Black

Joined: 11/17/2007
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Dept. of Motor Vehicles, Private Investigator as mentioned or if you know someone in Law Enforcement that would have access to the computer system for running checks on vehicles. There are services to find and check backgrounds on people so maybe for vehicles also, you would have to do an internet search.



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7/25/08 2:57pm - Reply: 'Title Frustration'
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1971 454/425 surviver 78000 miles convertible 4 speed

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I have tried to do the same with my 70. I had to stop because i am to busy. Let me know. Mabey the investagater is a good aproach. They can crawl up asses we could never get into.
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7/25/08 6:48pm - Reply: 'Title Frustration'
carbineman49
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thanks to all - I am friends with a retired cop - I'll talk to him first
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7/26/08 9:30am - Reply: 'Title Frustration'
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Greensburg, IN - USA

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Previous: 1984 Silver / Charcoal Coupe, 1988 Maroon Coupe / 1989 Artic White / Mod. Red Int. Coupe, Present:1976 Stingray Black / Black, Auto, 350 slightly modified (355 hp) Luxor Wires Redline Tires. / 2001 Speedway White Vert, Torch Red Int, LS1, Auto.

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An insurance investigator can gather the same information for you too. If you tell your agent that you are trying to locate the cars history in order to establish it's true value he or she has the ability to provide this service. If it is perceived to be to your advantages they may be willing to do this as well.

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8/1/08 2:05pm - Reply: 'Title Frustration'
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Indianapolis, IN - USA

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1981 corvette coupe 1999 convertible

Joined: 11/11/2003
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 Try Carfax.com (it cost you a little) and after you sign up, enter you VIN#
  of your car and you should get the info you are looking for.
 
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8/1/08 2:12pm - Reply: 'Title Frustration'
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Vancouver, WA - USA

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1976 Corvette Stingray L-48 Automatic Black

Joined: 11/17/2007
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Carfax might not accept the older shorter VIN. Carfax only can access so far back and the older cars won't have records available to them.

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8/1/08 2:26pm - Reply: 'Title Frustration'
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Indianapolis, IN - USA

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1981 corvette coupe 1999 convertible

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Sorry Aaron
 
                  Just a thought, good luck hope you find your info.


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8/1/08 4:53pm - Reply: 'Title Frustration'
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HARROD, OH - USA

Vette(s):
1976 - L-48 Auto, A/C, AM/FM, Power Windows, Tilt Telescopic Wheel, Factory Aluminum Wheels, Inferno Red Matalic Custom paint with Black Leather Interior.

Joined: 7/25/2003
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Carfax won't work. In Ohio, I was able to call the main office of the Dept. Of Motor Vehicles and obtain the address to request the title history on my car. It cost me like $4.00 for each title search but, it was a small price to pay to get the information I wanted for the car history. It came back with 7 previous titled owners when I was told that I was the 3rd owner when I bought the car. All were fairly short ownerships.   No matter, I still love the car and she's my baby.

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8/2/08 6:30pm - Reply: 'Title Frustration'
HELLS6
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1971 454/425 surviver 78000 miles convertible 4 speed

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Thats good news cause I bought my car in Ohio also and they have a great guide site online. I paid for a registered owner search and a title search. The check went out Friday for $4.00. How long did it take you to get the information back fedexicman?
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8/2/08 10:04pm - Reply: 'Title Frustration'
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HARROD, OH - USA

Vette(s):
1976 - L-48 Auto, A/C, AM/FM, Power Windows, Tilt Telescopic Wheel, Factory Aluminum Wheels, Inferno Red Matalic Custom paint with Black Leather Interior.

Joined: 7/25/2003
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It took about 12 days to get the info back from Columbus. But, it was $4.00 bucks per search and they only search back on title at a time. Not sure if they will search back any further than the amount you send. You may want to call and ask them. Good luck!

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8/7/08 9:06am - Reply: 'Title Frustration'
HELLS6
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1971 454/425 surviver 78000 miles convertible 4 speed

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Wow the lady from Ohio DMV just called and said the car is to old and is sending me my four bucks back, without any guidance. She did say the car was registered as a historical viechcle. The plates when I got the car were regular plates, butttt when I opened the glove box there was a historical plate left in there. I will do a background on that plate. Privacy laws blocked out a little info. I have two othet sorses. A friend that is a Swat team will check and last is my insurance guy. (who insures all my cars for 35 years, "at least 100 cars" butttt when I mentioned it to him he acted so uninterested well you guys know what I mean. I will keep you posted.
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8/7/08 4:36pm - Reply: 'Title Frustration'
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North Charleston, SC - USA

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1975 L48 AT AC T-top

Joined: 3/20/2004
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If this is important to you, your best bet is a licensed private investigator that is experienced in insurance and vehicle cases. It definitely can be done.

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8/7/08 7:40pm - Reply: 'Title Frustration'
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HARROD, OH - USA

Vette(s):
1976 - L-48 Auto, A/C, AM/FM, Power Windows, Tilt Telescopic Wheel, Factory Aluminum Wheels, Inferno Red Matalic Custom paint with Black Leather Interior.

Joined: 7/25/2003
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Wow, they must have had a change in policy or something in the last 3 years. Or maybe just a change in personel... The latter being the probable cause.   Good luck with your research.

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8/12/08 11:22am - Reply: 'Title Frustration'
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1971 454/425 surviver 78000 miles convertible 4 speed

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I called my insurace guy after many dead ends. I told them it could determine the value of the car for, if I could fid out the background   After they reserched my request they came back with "why dont you just have it appraised?" Duuuuuu How rutine.  have a feeling a DMV investagater will be the way to go. I really dont care about the cars history (other than interest)  I know they didnt produce many 71 vert LS6s I think 24 is close. The car is original down to the glass. I would like a recognized expert to look and do what ever to authenticate its authenticity. Good Job State Farm Duuuuu. I know bloomington hasthere survivor gig but I have to work too much and I dont have much spare time.
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8/12/08 8:36pm - Reply: 'Title Frustration'
rick d
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williamston, NC - USA

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1969 coupe, 350, m22 trans, ac, black on black,

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 again I say,,go to your states DMV enforcement branch,,talk to one of their inspectors,,they can get it done quickly,,forget private investigators and all that,, the state dmv inspectors can help you,,rd

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8/13/08 12:05pm - Reply: 'Title Frustration'
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Vette(s):
1971 454/425 surviver 78000 miles convertible 4 speed

Joined: 5/7/2008
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Will do captian
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