Originally Posted by Barney1
Which may have been done if it was stollen.
That is why the California DMV is taking precautions. Without a VIN, there is no way to tell that that trailer matches the trailer on the title.
Here in VA., I have never had the DMV ask to see a VIN. But, if I am ever stopped, and the police compare the registration with my VIN and they don't match, then I am in trouble. Also, if I have an accident and the VIN does not have what my insurance company has on file, big time problems.
Since the cabinet information is still intact with the VIN number, you should check to see if that is proof of the VIN ?? Of course, the cabinets (or just the sticker) could have been replaced from the trailer on the title to a "non titled" trailer that you may have.
Several years ago, I was walking on the road near my house, and kicked a piece of metal out of the road. On further investigation, it had a long number on it, so I thought it might be VIN plate. I stuck it in my pocket, and when I got home checked my Trailmanor VIN for comparison. The VIN plate was gone !! The rivets had pulled out. I checked my title to make sure it was indeed my VIN plate, and reattached the plate, with a couple of cable ties around the tongue frame as a precaution.
What are the chances that I would find my own VIN plate laying in the road. I had taken a 70 mile trip that morning to get some work done on the Trailmanor in Harrisonburg, and that puppy could have dropped off anywhere on that trip. I guess that was the luckiest part of my day, as my lottery ticket didn't come up that night.