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suspicious vehicle at my company's parking lot. Can someone run the VIN?

Old 04-13-07, 06:49 AM
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suspicious vehicle at my company's parking lot. Can someone run the VIN?

white/cream Escalade has been sitting in the same spot out back by the dumpster and loading door for at least 6 months
no plates. today I decided to get the VIN but can't find a free VIN lookup tool online
the registration expires next month and the inspection expried in 2006

we've been joking that some kids took it for a joy ride and dumped it

there's a vague rumor that it's being held as collateral by one of the other companies in the building from a non paying client of theirs

I'll email the VIN to anyone that can run it

Thanks in advance
Old 04-13-07, 07:13 AM
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just call the cops
Old 04-13-07, 08:12 AM
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Yeah, I'd just call the cops. 6 months is a wee bit too long.
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BTW, what good would the VIN be to you, except to tell you that it's an Escalade? It's unlikely that you'd find an online database that can cross-reference to the owner -- you'd probably have to go to your state's BMV to have them look up the registration info... assuming even that it has been registered in your state.

Yeah, it's time to call Johnny Law.
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You can call the cops, but I suspect they are just going to tell you to call a towing company (unless it fits the description of a stolen car).
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Plus the fact that it's potentially illegal/an invasion of privacy to investigate someone/something without just cause (which a law officer will have, and you do not).

Call the law; let them do their jobs. It's what we pay them for.
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You could check with the other companies, see if anyone knows why it's there. If none of them know why it's there, they may be asking the same question you are.

Also check with the property owner. In any case, just say you'd notice it has been out there for a while, and if they know why.

After that, calling the police is a good idea. Nothing to lose. Who knows, maybe they're looking for it, it could've been involved in a crime, etc.
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Be safe, just go blow it up and ask questions later
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Be safer. Pee in its tailpipe.





(that is the appropriate 'otter' response, right?)
Old 04-13-07, 09:40 AM
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Originally Posted by zombiezilla
Plus the fact that it's potentially illegal/an invasion of privacy to investigate someone/something without just cause (which a law officer will have, and you do not).

Call the law; let them do their jobs. It's what we pay them for.
WTF? Since when is it illegal to check up on a suspicious car in the parking lot? Did you just pull this out of thin air?
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just steal it
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Originally Posted by zombiezilla
Plus the fact that it's potentially illegal/an invasion of privacy to investigate someone/something without just cause (which a law officer will have, and you do not).
Yeah, no. Otherwise private investigators wouldn't exist.
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Call it in as an abandoned vehicle.
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In most public places or residence neighborhoods you can call police parking enforcement department if a car has been sitting in the same spot for more than 48 hours. They usually ticket it and give the owner 24 hours to move it before it's towed away.
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after a week it is technically yours

enjoy
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Originally Posted by db27
after a week it is technically yours

enjoy

The Finders-Keepers law.

I agree, after 6 mos. this is the only option that makes sense.
But hurry, before your coworkers get the same idea!
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Originally Posted by Altimus Prime
Also check with the property owner. In any case, just say you'd notice it has been out there for a while, and if they know why.
Indeed. You should have a facilities or building manager who can deal with an issue like this. Call them before you call the cops on their behalf.
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Who do you call?

Chris Hansen!!
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I hope you all realize that this is just his way of getting someone to run the VIN on his exgirlfriend's new guy.

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so no one has an existing carfax unlimited account?
every place that offers "free" vin searches just shows what I already know, then wants you to sign up for $20
I figure a vin search will at least show if it's stolen
if so then I'd call the cops, but I'd prefer not to invite the cops into my life unnecessarily
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Originally Posted by zombiezilla
let them do their jobs. It's what we pay them for.
I'm guessing you don't get out of many speeding tickets, do you?

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