Locate my luxury car
Be it cruising down Main Street on a warm summer night, showing off for friends by doing burnouts, turning wrenches on the weekend, or blasting down the highway whenever we had gas money in our pockets and the urge overtook us, we all have powerful memories of cars we’ve loved and lost. Some of us would like to relive those times in those cars, or at the very least, provide the closure derived from knowing what became of them.
My recent post about finding my 1969 Pontiac GTO Judge 23 years after I sold it sparked discussion and led some Hemmings Daily readers to wonder what happened to their previously-owned nostalgia machines. To that end, we’re providing a few ideas to aid anyone who would like to reconnect with a car that they once owned.
Please bear in mind that this is a very broad topic, with myriad investigative avenues. Because there’s no way we can cover every possibility, we welcome your input and encourage you to share with us your search ideas and/or anecdotes of long-lost cars that you would like to have back.
Getting Started. Information is power, and the more you have regarding your old car, the easier the task of finding it will be. Answer these questions first: Do I have the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)? Do I have a license plate number? Do I have a clear photo of the car?
Having the VIN will, of course, help a great deal. Even if you think you don’t, you still may and just don’t realize it. The VIN appears not just on the title you signed over, but also on the registration and insurance card, as well as loan papers.
You received a new registration and insurance card each year (generally speaking) and the expired ones sometimes have a habit of finding their way into an envelope or folder and being stored with important papers. Go through yours, even the envelopes that you wouldn’t think had them. If you lived with your parents back then, ask them to search through their important papers. If there was a loan involved and they co-signed, or even if there wasn’t and they didn’t, there still may be some document they have with the VIN on it.
Though it’s a long shot, you can check with the insurance company you had at the time to see if it has records that go back to the car you’re looking for. The same goes for the bank that held the loan, if you had one. Again, a long shot, but it may be worth a try. If your car went to a dealership, a mechanic or a body shop for repairs back in the day, there is a chance that the VIN was written on the receipt. We all saved receipts, right? Sometimes, we forgot to provide them when we sold our cars. See if you can locate one.
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