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Thread: Engine authenticity. How do I know the engine isn't stolen?

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    Engine authenticity. How do I know the engine isn't stolen?

    I'm thinking of buying an EG off this forum, it has a b18c1 turbo, and the only problem with the deal is the guy doesn't have any papers from where he bought the motor (says he bought it from a wrecked integra). I want to know how I can protect myself by buying this car.

    Everything else looks great. Title in hand, sellers name is on title, Carfax checks out great, no big accidents. Nothing that would lead me away from the car.

    The reason I made this thread was, how do I give proof that the motor isn't stolen given the chance that I get pulled over and the cop decides to do a rundown of my car and check that everything is legit. Has anyone been in this situation?

    If he had some sort of receipt for where he got this motor, I would have this car in my garage, today. So, dragva, I ask for your wisdom.

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    Re: Engine authenticity. How do I know the engine isn't stolen?

    mmm.....i wonder the same thing....you could run the vin and see if the car has been reported stolen ....carfax

    the vin on the engine should be the same as the car

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    Re: Engine authenticity. How do I know the engine isn't stolen?

    Quote Originally Posted by slowsilverteg
    the vin on the engine should be the same as the car
    how is that possible if no civic ever came with a b18c1? (serious question)
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    Re: Engine authenticity. How do I know the engine isn't stolen?

    Quote Originally Posted by slowsilverteg
    mmm.....i wonder the same thing....you could run the vin and see if the car has been reported stolen ....carfax

    the vin on the engine should be the same as the car
    I did a check on the VIN on the engine, looks clean. They don't have anywhere stating that this car had the engine stolen or anything, so I don't know.

    The vin on the car isn't and wouldn't be the same on the engine since EG's don't come with B18's .

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    Re: Engine authenticity. How do I know the engine isn't stolen?

    Quote Originally Posted by FR3SHT0D3F
    how is that possible if no civic ever came with a b18c1? (serious question)
    he said he bought it from a wrecked integra

    and what im saying is...if he runs the vin it shoudl show that it came from an integra and it should sya that it has been wrecked or stolen...

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    Re: Engine authenticity. How do I know the engine isn't stolen?

    Quote Originally Posted by FR3SHT0D3F
    how is that possible if no civic ever came with a b18c1? (serious question)
    run the vin off the engine, if the teg comes up stolen, there you go

    but only OBD2 engines come with vin tags, usually if there gone its stolen, i think OBD 0/1 has vin stamps and some dont have shit and if its a jdm motor your SOL

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    Re: Engine authenticity. How do I know the engine isn't stolen?

    Quote Originally Posted by EEK
    run the vin off the engine, if the teg comes up stolen, there you go

    but only OBD2 engines come with vin tags, usually if there gone its stolen, i think OBD 0/1 has vin stamps and some dont have shit and if its a jdm motor your SOL
    funny you brought this up, I was looking at a k20 eg last month. It didn't have the VIN# on the motor. But the guy tells me he bought it from a junk yard like that. I didn't buy it because of the no vin#. So there was no way of me checking if the motor was stolen. Is there any risk to buying a car with the VIN# scratched off the motor? Will I get in serious trouble for this? I think the answer is obvious, but I haven't heard of anyone who has had problems with this.

    But I think I'm going to pick up the EG tonight after work. I just wanted to make sure I wasn't going to run into any problems

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    Re: Engine authenticity. How do I know the engine isn't stolen?

    if you a buy anything stolen you get in trouble as well, usually the vin is stamped in the heads of some of the newer motors

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    Re: Engine authenticity. How do I know the engine isn't stolen?

    Quote Originally Posted by EEK
    if you a buy anything stolen you get in trouble as well, usually the vin is stamped in the heads of some of the newer motors
    That's what I figured, thanks for all the help .

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    Re: Engine authenticity. How do I know the engine isn't stolen?

    What cop is going to ask to see the vin on your engine, besides you could always say you got it out of a junk yard. If it runs good and you want it, buy it.
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    Re: Engine authenticity. How do I know the engine isn't stolen?

    I don't see why it would matter if the motor was stolen....if the car itself is clean, then who cares where the motor came from...a cop isn't going to pop your hood and check to make sure the vin numbers match up, especially with the amount of swaps that are in honda's now....
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    Re: Engine authenticity. How do I know the engine isn't stolen?

    Quote Originally Posted by turbo98
    I don't see why it would matter if the motor was stolen....if the car itself is clean, then who cares where the motor came from...a cop isn't going to pop your hood and check to make sure the vin numbers match up, especially with the amount of swaps that are in honda's now....
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    Re: Engine authenticity. How do I know the engine isn't stolen?

    They check sometimes. Maybe not at a routine traffic stop, but they check in other situations.

    And insurance companies now have reps at most car shows checking VINs and trying to link them back to cars they've paid out on.

    It's never a good idea to have stolen shit in your car, and enforcement will only get tighter.
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    Re: Engine authenticity. How do I know the engine isn't stolen?

    Quote Originally Posted by EEK
    if its a jdm motor your SOL

    If it was stolen

    I'd say he wasnt SOL cuase how'd the cops know?

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    Re: Engine authenticity. How do I know the engine isn't stolen?

    Quote Originally Posted by Fat Nick
    What cop is going to ask to see the vin on your engine, besides you could always say you got it out of a junk yard. If it runs good and you want it, buy it.

    this is not true if u go to other states as new york they do ask for papers. if u dont have it they inpound the vehicle,to do a inspection on the vehicle.other states are catchig up to this quicker than u think.if u really like the vehicle run the vin o the engine as some people said if there no vin tag there is a serial umber i the block under the model number and the other number is in the head make a billl of sale stating the numbers and take it to notorize and keep the original.if somethig happes it really not goig to bite u in the ass.
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