Re: Bought a Vehicle; Later Discovered Vin on Title Does Not Match Vin on Vehicle Cha
The VIN cannot be reassigned. One of two things happened: (1) a horrible clerical error when/if the vehicle was salvaged, sold at auction, or parts were swapped. Or, (2) something criminal and nefarious went on.
Have you asked the CHP to try and verify the VIN in alternate places in the car to see if they match? While it might be no problem to replace the VIN plate on the dash, or even on the door or door frame, there may be one under the hood on the firewall and the CHP might be able to match the Engine Number to the VIN to determine whether we have a paperwork SNAFU or something else.
I'll tell you right now that the local police probably would not know what to do with such a thing other than to tell you to talk to the DMV or maybe the CHP. Since the matter appears to be multi-jurisdictional and would require access to databases that most agencies here do not possess, they likely would not act on any report ... though, you might want to report it simply to keep your own tail out of trouble should it pop up as stolen some day down the road.
In most areas the CHP work chop-shop details as parts of regional task forces or as part of their own investigations' unit, so you might want to seek the help of the CHP to see what assistance they can provide.
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