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I found it. After more than four years and 3,000 miles, my 1976 BMW 2002 is currently residing in Newberry, Florida, just east west of Gainesville. How did I track it down? A new website that allows you to plug in your long lost love's VIN (that's Vehicle Identification Number for those acronym averse) and spits out its last registered location.

Check My Ride from AutoCheck is a social network for cars, allowing you to build a profile, add vehicles, find your old hoopties and connect with their current owners. You can also import some of the data into Facebook and get a free history report on your current car.

Admittedly, AutoCheck is a big buggy at the moment (it took several tries to get the info on some of our past rides), but we're currently scouring our file cabinets for old maintenance folders and I'm trying to track down the VIN for my very first car, a (God help me) 1991 Plymouth Horizon. After that, I've gotta find the 1984 Supra, the 1970 510, the 1972 2002, the E36 318i...

[Source: Check My Ride via Wired]

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      Kelly Boyd
      • 1 Month Ago
      I find this very useful. Great tips!just want to add information to the discussion, you can also use this coupon to get a discounted VIN check http://www.vinaudit.com/coupon=COUPON_50OFFNow. :)
      Mike Martinelli Jr
      • 7 Months Ago

      How did you track your car down?  I have a 79 and it's not able to use the vin just like all the other sites out there...

      • 7 Months Ago
      I am looking for my 55 chevy two door hardtop that i sold in the 70's. The vin is c55n151742. The original color was pink and grey but was red and white when I sold it. Was my first car.
      • 1 Year Ago
      I am looking for my old corvette. I sold it in Hinsdale Illinois. It was a 1969 stingray, gold in color with a kind of dull black back end by taillights and black side headers. It had been in one accident so there was a small amount of repair to the back area from some buckling. My old plate number was 581090. It had a 427 engine with 390 horse power. I sold it in 1973 or possibly 1972. Robert J. Smits
      • 4 Years Ago
      I didn't think anyone would actually admit to owning a E36 318!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Want someone to go over and check it out for you?
      Drive Design
      • 1 Year Ago
      Looking for my old 1954 Austin Healey 100-4 Haladan replica. Last owner sold thru Moto Exotia. I believe he sold by consignment vin a276994 reply to drived@aol.com
      • 1 Year Ago
      looking for my old T/A vin 2w87z7n134403
      • 4 Years Ago
      If only I could find my VIN from my old CRX, loved that car.
        • 4 Years Ago
        You don't have a single piece of paper with the VIN? What kind of car person are you? I have an entire file cabinet drawer full of window stickers and other BS covered in VINs.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I sence a problem with real stalkers here. I mean, if an ex knew your vin, they could track you down so easy. Although car fax shows the same info, just that they charge you.
      • 4 Years Ago
      2k2s are awesome little things.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It worked for me. Fill out your profile, add a car, view that car, then click "where is this car now". My F150...I want it back :'(
        • 4 Years Ago
        I filled out the profile but it only shows on the map something like.

        Oh your car has been last seen here and it shows random dot on the map and no information on what that spot is. Does your show any details to were the car is and who owns it currently?
        • 4 Years Ago
        @ Britsarenotfunny

        It gives city and state, but cannot do more than that without risking privacy violations I'm sure. So no, no specifics. As cool as more info would be, I love seeing where my cars have come from and where they've been registered.

        Unlikely as it is, I assume that if someone else who has owned your vehicle registers that it would give the two of you the option to communicate.
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