Trailer VIN Search - Travel Trailer, RV, Motorhome, Boat Trailer
Trailer VIN search is highly desirable to do for all trailers available for sale. However, it's is not so easy as with cars because most vehicle history report providers specialize on cars, not trailers, so be prepared to do some work. There are a number of ways to do trailer VIN number search for the bad history that includes theft, salvage title or other branded titles, liens and other problems that may result in significant financial loss or even legal troubles.
- If you have a motor trailer, check with Carfax if they have any records. Typically, they don't offer trailer reports but occasionally non-standard vehicle data gets into their database.
- You may check other smaller online vehicle history report services. Just make sure they have you VIN listed before you pay, checking the listing is free with most online services.
- Call to your local DMV office and request VIN history. Some local offices provide vehicle histories, some will redirect you to the main office. In some state, trailer VIN number search services are available on the local DMV site. For example: flhsmv.gov (flhsmv.gov), .txdmv.gov (TX) do offer such services online. Please not that procedures differ from state to state. For example, in some theft records will be provided by the DMV and you'll have to pay a small fee, in some you may request the police by phone absolutely for free. If you manage to find out the states the trailer was previously registered in you may send a request to the state DMV or BMV. The problem is that is that many states do not require trailer titles, so tracking down it's journey may be a problem. Another issue is that many states allow to use home made titles or reassembled trailer or those that lost the original VIN, provided that all the paper work is done properly.
- Send an inquiry to the local license bureau
- Use travel trailer VIN decoder or contact your trailer manufacturer's dealership to get factory specs for the VIN and make sure the actual trailer specifications match factory specs encoded in your VIN. If they don't there are stains in it's history. That won't work for a home-made VIN, however.
- Check with NMVTIS, they offer the basic title, theft and odometer tampering history reports (whenever available or applicable).
Is Trailer VIN Search Free ?
Pretty much depends on where you search for one, what's your purpose and how much information will satisfy you. As was said above, you could try your luck with Carfax VIN search if you have a motorhome and not a pull-behind trailer. What you'll get for free is the number of records and whether or not the trailer is listed as a lemon aka manufacturer buyback. However, you'll have to pay for the rest of the information. Autocheck specializes on cars and SUVs and just like Carfax will only show for free how many records they have. As to reports from DMV offices, it depends on the state. Some information, such presence of a theft history, may be given out for free, provided that your don't need a written certificate or any other official paper. However, in most case the reports are not free and the price ranges $2-$15 per report.
How to Search for Trailer VIN
Finding a VIN on a trailer may also be a trick, and you'll have to do the search to make sure the VIN is genuine and matching the one provided by the owner. Unfortunately, faking VIN numbers is a very common procedure among criminals making money from selling stolen vehicle, although it's less common for trailers than for cars and SUVs. For this reason VIN identity check is an obligatory procedure when titling a vehicle in any state. There are a couple of more or less common locations for trailer VIN numbers. For a pull-behind trailer it's on top or the bottom the right side of the the tongue or rail, the metal bars used to attach the trailer to the motor vehicle. Click here to read about VIN locations for different types of trailers.