Can You Avoid A Vehicle VIN Inspection?

Exploring the Ins and Outs of Vehicle Inspections

Welcome back to another informative episode of Car Titles. Today, we’re diving into the frequently discussed topic of vehicle inspections—specifically, VIN verifications and full vehicle inspections. Our viewers often inquire about when and why inspections are required, how they can be avoided, and the purpose they serve. We’ll shed light on these questions by looking at examples from different states, including the renowned Vermont loophole.

The Importance of VIN Verification

VIN verification, or Vehicle Identification Number inspection, is a critical step in the title transfer process. This inspection involves a physical examination of the vehicle to ensure that the VIN on the vehicle matches the VIN on the title or ownership document. The primary purpose is to prevent the issuance of a legal document with an incorrect or mistyped VIN.

Oregon VIN Inspection Example

In many states, including Oregon, VIN inspections can be conducted by the DMV, licensed dealers, or designated emissions test inspectors. The necessity of a VIN inspection varies based on factors such as the vehicle’s origin, title type, and previous history.

When is VIN Inspection Required?

Taking Oregon as an example, a VIN inspection is required for out-of-state vehicles entering the state for the first time, assembled or constructed vehicles, totaled vehicles, and salvage title vehicles. However, if the title was last issued in the same state and the new title also originates from that state, a VIN inspection may not be mandatory.

Vermont and the Loophole

The Vermont loophole, a popular avenue for obtaining titles, also has its own VIN inspection requirements. While Vermont statutes technically mandate a VIN inspection (Form VT010) for every out-of-state vehicle seeking Vermont registration, there is an interesting nuance. The Vermont DMV has informally indicated that, if presented correctly—typed documents, filled spaces, proper fees—the file might go through without a VIN verification. This has been a result of a temporary COVID-related waiver that turned into an ongoing practice.

Navigating Full Vehicle Inspections

Apart from VIN verifications, some scenarios may trigger a full vehicle inspection. These inspections often focus on safety and the overall condition of the vehicle. Common triggers include out-of-state transfers, salvage or insurance claim history, and reconstructed or restored vehicles. Although inconvenient, full vehicle inspections aim to ensure road safety and verify the completeness of the vehicle.

Tips for Streamlining the Process

Whether it’s a VIN verification or a full vehicle inspection, streamlining the process can save time and effort. If getting an inspection is easy and convenient, it’s advisable to go ahead and complete it. However, if it’s burdensome, submitting well-prepared, typed documents can sometimes allow the system to process the application without triggering a manual review.

Final Thoughts

When seeking a title without inspections, it’s crucial to consider the legitimacy of your situation. If convenience is the only concern, following proper documentation procedures might help you avoid unnecessary inspections. However, if there are underlying issues with the vehicle’s VIN or safety, evading inspections is not a viable solution.

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