I agree, and it's sad. You'd probably have to contact State AG offices to get official, written policies regarding car restoration affecting VINs. I just get the feeling that since I can't find any State DOT / DMV websites with official "go ahead and re-stamp!" policies, then it's understood by law enforcement to be blatantly illegal.I would say it's rather hopeful that any official would know the law regarding this, even in their own jurisdiction.
By some State officer who knows nothing about Mustangs or classic cars? Oh, I agree totally! But just getting a vehicle registered for a tag is a Very Low Bar. Obviously, resale value is pretty important to most folks given how much money is involved. The person who must be fooled someday is a wary expert buyer. While it's very easy to fool newbies, ethically that's also a Very Low Bar. Then there's the high-dollar cars. Criminal fraud and civil lawsuits become a serious concern long after the car is sold.As for "discovery" of a re-stamped VIN, I'd guess that's unlikely in the extreme.
Perfect forgeries which cannot be detected are certainly possible, but it's extremely difficult to execute. I've spotted many suspect VINs both in person and in photos posted on the web. For me, it's an overall "Spidey Sense" thing more than specific font details (although that's often part of it). The most common foul I see are VINs stamped with individual punches and a hammer. It's the easiest apporach, but are also easy to identify due to incorrect spacing, depth, fonts, and deformed surrounding metal.
Wow! I follow this topic closely, but your list is new to me. Thanks for the information! I will visit the AAMVA web site for more recent updates if possible. I can't believe none of my web searches ever hit that site.We have gone over this many times, even broken it down by state.
From my first glance, it looks like most States (like mine) are either completely vague or don't even have a restoration process in place. No surprise there. In contrast, others like Arizona have very specific and clear public policies. Nice.
Regarding the topic of this thread, I didn't see any language allowing an owner to "re-stamp" a VIN before the initial inspection. The language always assumes that the VIN tags or stamps being inspected are original from the factory.