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    Bike with 'mystery history'

    Looking at a bike that is from the U.S.--It is an 03 with 800km (equivalent) on it. It looks brand new, TOTALLY MINT, as it should. Just wondering if there is a way to check the VIN in the States to check if it's been damaged/rebuilt. It has a 'clean title', etc. in Canada, and has no 'rebuilt' status, however, my 'red flag' is up, just because I really can't be sure about its past.

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    Gear Driven Cams Array Spike's Avatar
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    If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is (sorry, just wanted to throw that out there).

    There are ways to check the VIN in the US, but I don't have any links or contact info for them. I just know they exist. Try contacting the transportation department for the state the bike is registered in, maybe?
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    Thanks for the reply...Carfax does not include reports on motorcycles, unfortunately. Anybody know of an alternative?

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    If you met a foreign girl in a local bar and she told you that she had a clean Canada, you might want to dig a little further into her story.

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    It had US information including Damage, Grey Market, Rebuilt, Salvage, etc. Of course, the information, like local information, is only as good as what's available on record.

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    RS 03.08.74 ~ 02.11.06 Array Rick's wife's Avatar
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    Don't Do It

    You can't be sure of it's past... Even a bike out of province is slightly sketchy because ICBC can't track past accidents.

    Think resale too. If you end up selling it down the road, others will have a hard time with not knowing it's history.

    I think it is worth the wait of looking around in BC...

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