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Hello everyone. Good to be a part of the forum. I have a problem and I need some sound advice. I purchased a 64 GTO Tri power 4 speed car several years ago that needed total restoration. The car was located more than 6 hours away from where I lived and I agreed to have the work started at a local body shop that seemed to be reputable. A few years later after my home was destroyed by a hurricane I had to pull the car from the shop as I could not complete it. The car was then transported back to my hometown and went in storage. I just found out the vin plate is missing. I have pictures of the car to include the vin tag prior to entering the shop. In addition to doing many shady things prior to removing the car, the owner of the shop has denied it. The car left his care and went directly into storage without any in between. I am a man who dislikes problems but I think there is much more to this. Could someone please give me some advice. I would hate to go the police. Thanks
 

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I can't think of any good legal solutions to what you describe. The car should have been inspected when it was picked up from the restoration shop and the issue identified then.

Did you title the car in your name when you originally purchased it? If so, you might consider checking with the state and see if they still show you as the owner of that car. Not sure how much info they are allowed to share but it could be a starting point...

Did you have the car insured? If so, perhaps you can file a claim. The title would then be converted to salvage or dismantled state which would prohibit anyone else being able to register the car. The insurance company might even be able to check and see if that VIN was titled while the body was in storage.

Sadly, I hear stories like this all the time. No wonder I have trust issues when it comes to letting anyone else work on my cars.

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A couple of other things you could do,

Post the vin number in this thread, anyone googling that vin would be directed to this thread,

Contact PHS Historic Services and see if anyone has requested the documentation on the vin number,

File a police report, your loses could be in the 10's of thousands of dollars,

Good luck,
 
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