Is it safe to put VIN on listing??


Asked by Sep 06, 2017 at 06:39 PM about the Dodge Caravan

Question type: Car Selling & Trading In

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Yes. I've done it without any issues. Potential buyers can run a vehicle history report if they want. Definitely a selling point. Plus it insures that the car you're advertising is a real vehicle and not some scam. Not a personal dig at you, but some people out there will try anything!! HTH. -Jim

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The VIN is actually required to place an ad.

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Thanks for your response dhectorg... However, the VIN is not actually required to place the ad; it is not asterisked nor highlighted to complete the ad. If it were required, I wouldn't have the response I have had. FYI Js08016's suggested answer was more helpful to me and hopefully to other readers as well.

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Thank you PAGuruDQV4L. Glad I was able to help! -Jim


My mistake. I could swear it was a requirement when I placed my ad. Frankly, it should be required, as it would dramatically reduce scams.

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I agree, dhectorg, it should be a requirement. Having the VIN of a vehicle that you may be interested in buying also enables you to check databases, like NICB, for current theft status. Or specific State's websites for flood damage. Such as Texas or Florida, for example. When Hurricane Sandy hit NJ DMV had a section of their website dedicated to vehicles that had been damaged or destroyed by the storm. You could just punch in ANY VIN and if the vehicle was in it's database it would show up. That included antique and classic vehicles made before 1981. This was especially useful since vehicles made before 1981 can't be Carfaxed. NCIB is like that too. If a vehicle was reported stolen any time between the mid '60s (I believe 1967) and now, it'll show up. HTH. -Jim

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