Santa Monica residents who need a VIN verification are not limited to having to go to the Department of Motor Vehicles. For your convenience & lifestyle there are more suitable alternatives that make it a lot easier for you to fulfill the Department of Motor Vehicles requirements for registering your car, truck, trailer or off-highway vehicle. In this article we aim to answer some of the most common questions when it comes to getting your VIN verification done Los Angeles County.
A VIN verification is a California DMV inspection required to get your out of state vehicle registered in the California DMV database. It is a physical inspection of the vehicle – this inspection is documented on the REG31 / VIN verifier form.
A vehicle verifier follows the REG31 form from top to bottom and fills out the sections as they go along. Some of those items that are required to be documented are:
The vehicle year, make, and model
The VIN location
The number of wheels
The number of axles
The license plate on the vehicle
The fuel type the vehicle uses
The status of the US Federal Certification Label
The emissions label
The Odometer reading.
In addition to this, we document the type of vehicle it is, such as a commercial, automobile, permanent trailer, coach trailer, or motorcycle. Here are a few photos of what we saw on this 2017 Lamborghini Huracan.
The VIN Verification process is exactly as it says, to verify the vehicle identification number of the vehicle. A vehicle identification number is a unique number that identifies the vehicle – no two vehicles should have the same VIN. This process ensures that the vehicle actually exists (not just on paper), and second, that the vehicle identification number on the vehicle itself matches what is on the title.
To obtain a VIN verifier’s license is inexpensive and relatively easy – the training to become a verifier is minimal, however, the task that ASAP vehicle verifiers perform is very important in protecting the public against theft, fraud, and any other type of illegal activity some people want to try to do. It’s a preventative measure to facilitate catching activity that is fraudulent or avoiding an honest mistake. I would like to consider us as a gatekeeper against fraud & preventer of mistakes.
With each option that is available to you, there are benefits and drawbacks that you must be made aware of before you choose the option that is more suitable for you. It is important to know who can perform VIN verification inspections and who can’t:
Pro: If you are a member, your membership includes the vehicle verification service, along with the other services they provide.
Con: The traveling VIN inspection service is NOT an option. Furthermore, they cannot perform inspections on salvage vehicles.
Pro: There is no cost. Generally speaking, they can do most inspections, including verify salvage cars. But you must have your paperwork in order prior to being seen by them for your inspection – you can no longer just drive up and have a vehicle verifier inspect your vehicle.
Con: The traveling VIN inspection is NOT an option. There might be a wait to be seen by them depending on their workload for that particular day.
Pro: There is no cost. But you must have your paperwork in order prior to being seen by them, and you must be referred to them by the DMV. They are the ultimate authority on vehicle identification number inspections and there isn’t a unit that they cannot verify. For more information on the CHP VIN verifications please read this section of my website. Generally speaking, they handle the tough inspections that others aren’t trained or authorized to do.
Con: The traveling VIN inspection is NOT an option. They do not see customers unless they were referred to them by the DMV. Furthermore, you might have to wait weeks to get an appointment with them.
Quick VIN Verification:
Pro: We come to you. We are friendly. We are fast. We are predictable. Our business is dedicated to making the experience as seamless as possible. You set the time and place – and we are there. Licensed vehicle verifiers keep you away from the DMV, away from the long lines – and allow you to stay home, or at any place, you’d rather be, other than the DMV.
Con: We do have a service fee. Additionally, we are prohibited from inspecting salvage vehicles, vehicles without a federal label, foreign vehicles, or motorcycles with no supporting documents.
As you can see, what sets private parties apart from AAA, DMV and the CHP is that we offer mobile vehicle verifications.
Private vin verifiers are prohibited from doing a Vin inspection on certain vehicles & for certain scenarios. These are listed below:
If you are being referred to the CHP by the DMV it’s for a specific reason. In rare situations, a CHP referral is a mistake, and the result of a misunderstanding, laziness or flat out ignorance. So before I continue, I’ll address the reasons someone will mistakenly refer you to the CHP:
Now that we have addressed those mistakes, let’s talk about the legitimate reasons why you got referred over to a CHP VIN inspector:
In addition to offer verification services for your vehicles we are closely associated with a registration service called Quick Auto Tags – call them to get your car licensed & titled. Listed below are some of the other requirements & documents you will need to complete the registration process in California after your vehicle has been vin verified:
The VIN verification process is mostly used for bringing in vehicles that are not in the DMV database into the DMV system, however, it is also used for other reasons by the DMV and other entities. Below I will list a few of those scenarios:
Some individuals or companies may have multiple vehicles to get a vehicle verification on. For this scenario, by far, the #1 solution is to have a mobile VIN verifier come to your location and get all your VIN verification done. Call us to make an appointment: 310-598-5343
The costs associated with getting a VIN verification depend on whether you want a mobile VIN verification or if you are willing to drive to the respective businesses to get it done. Below are the costs associated with each of the aforementioned places:
With each option that is available to you to get a SoCal VIN verification there are benefits and details that you must be made aware of before you choose which is more suitable to you:
Quick VIN Verification accepts cash, check, Zelle, Venmo, credit cards or debit card.
Our parent company is a licensed registration service – so if you have questions that go beyond the VIN verification inspection then you can call Quick Auto Tags @ 951-409-9091 or visit them @ Quick Auto Tags
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