How would I trace the VIN number of my car to find its history?
El Paso, TX
Your best bet would be the DMV. It’s possible they might have registration and ownership records for your car going back to when it was originally purchased, but how much of this they can (or will) share with you varies greatly from state to state.
I’d recommend a phone call to your local DMV office just to get a feel for what kind of reception your inquiry receives. If they are willing to help you out (even for a fee) it could be a fun addition to the information you already know about your vehicle. If your request for information is flat-out refused, you might be left wondering about your car’s past. Additionally some years, makes, models of cars have avid followers and keep track of vehicles through registries; a little research along these lines could yield huge results.