Thread: VIN help
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Old 01-09-2002, 04:08 PM
dieseldude dieseldude is offline
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VIN help

I'm hoping some of you have seen this before. A particular '95 E420 I'm looking at purchasing has a strange VIN.


Right numer of characters, but this vin has fewer letters than normal (numbers in positions that contain letters in other MB's of the same vintage I've looked at). Funnier still, when running a Consumer Reports auto history report I get 'invalid vin' when entered. CARFAX finds this vin, but gives no details on the car itself (make, model, config. etc), just emissions, salvage, title, etc. Is this a red flag, and I should walk away?

The owner read the VIN number from both the windhshield and the registration so I'm pretty sure its right. Just want to make sure there's no scam out there I haven't heard of.

- Ryan
'95 E420 - 'Shadowfax' 138kmi.
'92 Volvo 740Turbo Bard 193kmi
'74 240D - 'Ol' Green' 4spd Manual 104kmi. (sold )
'77 300D - 'Red' 223kmi (sold)
'75 240D - 'Bianca the Blue Bomber' (sold)

Last edited by dieseldude; 01-09-2002 at 05:33 PM.
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