[ba] MY "Stolen" car: VIN Numbers under hood and dash don't match

Matt Sato satomation at hotmail.com
Wed Feb 26 18:23:29 EST 2003

Agreed...when I registered my '91 200tq at the Los Gatos DMV they said the
VINs always seem to mismatch and thought nothing of it (numbers were not off
by much however).  Anyway, DMV is a good place to start.

>From: Ti Kan <ti at amb.org>
>To: thequattroking at yahoo.com (Shayne)
>CC: ba-group at audifans.com (BA quattro)
>Subject: Re: [ba] MY "Stolen" car:  VIN Numbers under hood and dash don't
>Date: Wed, 26 Feb 2003 13:04:55 -0800 (PST)
>Shayne writes:
> > 5 days ago, I pushed my 90tq project out on the street to make more room
> > the garage.  One of my "kind" neighbors reported a car dumped.  Even
> > I move the car every other day or so.  So as I leave to go to the gym
> > night, the cops are there with a tow rig hooking up my car.  I tried my
> > hardest to get them to leave it.  But NO, they "claim" the car has
> > a "chop" job and has two different VIN numbers.  EVERY Audi I have ever
> > as a different number under the hood then it does for a VIN.  These guys
> > were plain ass holes and basically told me to get out of the way or they
> > were going to arrest me and drag the car down the street.  I ask for him
> > show proof of the fact that they can tow for a "mismatched" VIN numbers.
>  He
> > showed me a Cal. Veh. Code that basically says I can't "knowingly"
> > a car that has altered VIN numbers.  NO WHERE in the code did it give
> > the right to tow the car.  Anyway, now I am faced with bailing the car
> > of "jail" and dealing with Oakland's finest.  So, to get to my point:
> > of you know where I can find proof that shows the "VIN" under the hood
> > not a VIN at all???
>Man that really blows my fuse!  It's unbelievable.  I might start with
>getting a letter from Audi (maybe a local dealer would do) that says
>the "VIN number" under the hood with the ZZZ is ok as long as the rest
>of the digits match.  Then inquire with your local DMV and the police
>to see what recourse there is.
>Perhaps a call to a local TV or radio station is in order...
>2003 A4 1.8T multitronic
>2001 S4 biturbo 6-sp
>1984 5000S turbo
>1980 4000 2.0 5-sp
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