Pre1980

How to Get Pre-1980 Vehicle History Report

by Contributor

Today, it is easy to enter the vehicle identification number (VIN) and get a history report on our vehicle. However, prior to 1980, it was a different story. It was difficult to get accurate information without a standard system. For a vehicle made before 1980, you must have very specific information to obtain a history report on your vehicle, and you must know where to turn.

Step 1

The vehicle identification number (VIN) was not standardized until 1979-80. The system uses a 17-number system to identify each individual vehicle manufactured. Before this system was implemented, manufacturers used VINs that were unique to their company only.

Step 2

For pre-1980 VIN information, the best source for information is the original manufacturer. Contact the manufacturer, such Ford, Chevrolet or Chrysler, to determine what specific information you will need to obtain the vehicle history report.

Step 3

Once you find out

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