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How can you track down a vehicle you owned many years ago if you do not have a copy of the title or the VIN?

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2009-08-05 18:12:12
2009-08-05 18:12:12

Could the NY license bureau help you? Good luck. Mark I found the VIN from my old car by contacting the company that I used to have my car insurance with. If you remember the name of the insurance company, they should have your old records, including the VIN. Good luck!

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