The latest CL scam: "VIN Reports"....

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by ZappBranigan, Oct 26, 2017.

  1. EvrythingAwesom

    EvrythingAwesom Long timer

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    I was asking for a very minor fender-bender quote from a CL repair guy .. then he asked for the VIN .. is that normal??
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  2. Xcelite

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    VIN's are not a highly protected piece of information. You can walk up to any car in a parking lot and snap a pic of the VIN on the dash. A repair shop might want to submit information pertaining to the repairs so that places like Carfax can log that in the vehicle history. I don't know why they would need the VIN to give a repair estimate though. If you brought the car in for an estimate they would most likely scan the VIN so they could use it as an identifier in their software to record the estimate they gave out.
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  3. VX Rider

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    might have wanted it to get the proper paint code


    or

    another purpose could be they keep that information handy; should the police come looking for hit and run suspects
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  4. ZappBranigan

    ZappBranigan Still Riding

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    Yes both of these.

    Also they can plug the VIN into some computer programs and it will tell them exactly what year, model, trim level and options were on the car - depending on the vehicle that might make a difference in which repair parts are needed and keep the shop from ordering the wrong parts. Not all customers know this information.
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  5. wb57

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  6. 2WheelieADV

    2WheelieADV Been here awhile

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    Another bogus VIN check site I've got today - bikesvincheck.com
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  7. Jarlaxle

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    Or the asshole who posts the same damn ad thirty times.
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  8. Jarlaxle

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    Carfax was none the wiser about either time my F350 was hit...though the utility body conversion was pretty obvious.
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  9. Loudo

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    This is a useful thread. It explains the reply I received regarding a cheap race bike I have listed on CL:

    Hi,

    I’m interested in your Honda . Is the price slightly negotiable?

    Small red flag there, listing said "$1,300 firm." I reply, "The price is firm for now. It's a good deal." Then I get this:


    I’m curious, has it ever had any problems with transmission or suspension, do you have report for it?


    So now I'm like WhyTF is this dude moaning about a "report"? It's a 25 year old goddamn track-only bike with no title, cut to pieces with all the wiring stripped out and a rattle-can paint job.


    Of course, I see now that "report" may have been the operative word that was gonna get more play if I continued to commo, which I didn't.
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  10. D R

    D R Been here awhile

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    If you haven't already replied, then you should go back with something like:

    "You really have no clue as to what type of motorcycle I'm selling, do you?"

    See what sort of response that gets back.


    :lurk
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  11. liberpolly

    liberpolly Nu, shoyn, nudnick!

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    I've spent about a decade working on Internet safety for one of the top 5 compute companies. Here's a bit of advise: never, ever, whatsoever reply to to any email that even vaguely seems like a scam - flag it instead. They don't care if you are witty or angry, they are bots, not actual humans. Software. You are being witty arguing with software. They will mine whatever info is leaking through the craigslist re-mailer.

    Adjust your ad so it is apparent that an actual person has read it before replying.
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  12. Loudo

    Loudo Pithy

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    "Please insert the phrase, 'nut meats' into your reply so I know you are a human and not a bot." Like that?
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  13. ZappBranigan

    ZappBranigan Still Riding

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    I prefer “Turgid Sturgeon” :D


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  14. liberpolly

    liberpolly Nu, shoyn, nudnick!

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    You'd be surprised, but AI now can detect and satisfy such requests. I rather insert something that requires interest in the specific motorcycle.
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