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Old 07-28-2010, 03:51 PM   #1
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How can i be sure im not buying a stolen engine?

I'm thinking of buying a JDM ITR motor thats from Japan from a random guy selling one, can i check the serial number somewhere before purchasing it?
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Old 07-28-2010, 06:12 PM   #2
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Old 07-28-2010, 07:14 PM   #3
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Ok... so if i get into and accident and ICBC for whatever reason looks at the engine numb er and tells me its stolen then what, youre a smart guy.
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Old 07-28-2010, 07:45 PM   #4
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Unfortunately, you can only do VIN, plates and bicycles on line:

However, I suppose you could ask at a police office and see if they could let you know if you should be worried about the transaction or not.
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Old 07-29-2010, 09:24 AM   #5
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Maybe it's your engine that was stolen
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Old 07-29-2010, 01:29 PM   #6
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If the VIN stamped onto the block has been in a vehicle registered and previously licenced in BC (that would match the rest of the VINs for the vehicle), it should show up on the system. If the vehicle it came from was never registered in BC, then there will likely not be any records other than the import documents. If he doesn't have any of those, I'd be weary.

If there is nothing that comes up in searches, or with inquiries with ICBC and police, then you've done due diligence. HOWEVER, if at some point someone reports that engine being stolen and its eventually run by whoever and found to be stolen property, make sure you've documented your efforts and be prepared to hand over the engine as being stolen property.
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