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"Interview with a VIN Verification Expert: Insider Tips and Insights"

“There is no end to education. It is not that you read a book, pass an examination, and finish with education. The whole of life, from the moment you are born to the moment you die, is a process of learning.” — Jiddu Krishnamurti

I had a friend in the industry sit down with me and ask a few questions to determine what customers could learn about the Vin Verification process. Here is a copy of that interview:

Two men sitting across from each other

Question: What made you start a business in Vin Verifications?

Answer: I was already running a vehicle registration business for several years which involved a number of Vin Verifications. I saw how important the need was for customers and a number of businesses were also making a business out of just doing Vin Verifications. Unfortunately, life got involved and I had to start over.

Question: For customers that may be hearing about his type of business for the first time, what is a Vin Verification?

Answer: The purpose of a Vin Verification is to prevent fraud and theft by comparing the Vin Number to the title.

Question: What kind of vehicles require a Vin Verification?

Answer: Any vehicle registering in California for the first time, vehicles without California records and vehicles where the Vin Number on the title is wrong. There other Vin Verifications required such as salvage or kit vehicles, but only the DMV or CHP are permitted to perform those.

Old Classic truck bed being restored

Question: What is the advantage of using a mobile Vin Verifier like yourself vs. using the DMV?

Answer: Great question! Picture having an RV or an older model vehicle like the one pictured above. If you have to go to the DMV you have to arrange for towing. That may mean renting a flatbed trailer. This is assuming you have a truck with towing capabilities. The cost for this could range from up to a $100 per day. Now, you have to find parking at the DMV and wait for the Verifier to come out to complete the Vin Verification. Most DMV Techs aren't the most friendliest people and DMV is not known for their customer service.

Imagine me coming to your home - nice, friendly, and convenient. I greet you with a smile. In addition, there is no need to move the car. Just leave it where it is. The entire process takes about 15 to 20 minutes to complete.

Question: Do you have to be licensed or have any type of insurance for this type of industry?

Answer: Yes! The DMV requires you have a vehicle verifiers license and be bonded.

Question: If someone was interested in getting involved in this type of business, do you offer training courses?

Answer: At the moment I don't. However, I'm in the process of adding them on. If anyone is interested they can just check back on our website (

Authors Bio: David Briscoe is Licensed VIN Verifier and owner of a vehicle registration service for over 11 years. He is also a former Business Office Associate for a California Dealership.

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