1998 Renault Trafic VIN Number

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  1. Kyter

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    Hello people! We've just bought the above van from a breakers yard. No V5 etc. I need the VIN number for paperwork. Would the number 2160041, stamped on a small plate clipped above the o/s headlamp, seem right? Cheers :Smile:
     
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    I didn't think that a vehicle bought from a breakers, that has been declared as 'scrap', could be put back on the road, once the V5 has been handed in, (if that's your intention). You can buy a vehicle for parts.
    I do know the rules changed during the scrappage scheme of a few years ago, so that vehicles declared as scrap must remain so.
    Anyway, look inside the NS windscreen, at dash level. The vin should be on there, or/and a plate under the bonnet.
     
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    Cheers mate. Let me rephrase that: I'm being a bit too loose with my phrasing. We bought it from a chap who has a garage, he has a few 'projects'in various states. This was one that he bought, to do up, but didn't have time for. I hope, anyway!
     
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    With no V5 , how do you even know the van was his to sell ? :Sad:
     
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    No disrespect mate, but I don't think you can buy a vehicle without number plates/or and a V5, (or at least proof that a V5 is still relevant to the vehicle). There has to be a positive way of identifying, and if the VIN number isn't where it should be........................
     
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    I can't check the windscreen as there is no windscreen; a tree's gone down on it. The only repairs really needing doing are that, a split needs welding in the roof, and sill welding. I'm a welder fabricator, which helps.
    To answer your questions over the legitimacy of the van, I'm going on two things: It does, as has been enquired, have number plates. Also, the chap I bought it from has a lengthy and faultless eBay record of sales. It really wouldn't be in his interests to sell a dodgy vehicle.
     
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    the vin number is on a plate rivetted to the front bonnet land panel.
    Failing that it is stamped on the chassis.
    my last two ducato's had the number stamped on the chassis behind an access panel in the o/s footwell.

    See the video below.


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    appologies for the picture size....

    It looks like this....or on the chassis its the line starting ZFA only


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    Thanks John. Appreciated, mate.
     
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    Cheers John, much appreciated.
     
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    also, it may be a class C or D write-off.

    Class C is damaged but repairable

    Class D is uneconomical repair in insurers view.

    Either way it will need a full inspection and certifying safe for the road after repairs.

    It will be on the motor insurance bureau's list of write-offs and even after repairs will still be flagged as such....for ever.....which could cause problems when you sell it..
     
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    oppps....just realised it aint a fiat.
    All sevelle vans (fiat, Puegeot and Citroen)a re the same but Renault aint a sevelle van so the vin may be elsewhere but it will be stamped on the chassis somewhere..
     
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    list of possible locations.....


    Firewall (bulkhead) of the vehicle
    Radiator Support Bracket
    Dash by windshield (recessed into the front of the dash top)
    Left hand inner wheel arch
    Steering column
    Machined Pad on front of engine
    Drivers door or post on passenger side


    Later model years most common locations of the VIN:
    Left instrumentation panel
    Dash plate by window (as earlier)
    Drivers door or door pillar - usually on the pillar as doors are too easy to swap.

    Early ones may have a riveted on panel, later ones a tamper proof
     
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    if its an insurance write off and theres no log book, its either scrap or belongs to the insurance company. when you write to dvla with the number plate and vin number they will tell you if its not been declared SORN over the last few years it cant be reregistered. it is still possible though but expensive and will need a full engineers report and extended MOT. even then it will be hard to insure

    to be honest I would consider such a vehicle as a donor to convert something newer. it will be much cheaper
     
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    Hi,
    I own a Trafic - If you lift the bonnet and look at the bulkhead / firewall you will see it stamped into the metal. There should be a plate rivetted to the inner o/s wing headed "Regie National Des Usiness Renault. The first 2 rows of numbers ignore the 3rd row is the chassis number.
    May I suggest you consider joining the Renault Trafic Motorhome Register www.rtmr.org
    We have a wide range of technical resources for our members including downloads of workshop manuals.
    jon
     
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    This thread is 13 months old and the original poster has not been seen or heard of since he asked this question.

    Easy and very common mistake for new members to make.
     
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