Mobile Home, no title or VIN on trailer...options?

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I'm closing on a piece of property this week.  It has two single wides currently.  One has the VIN and other info on a sticker in the master closet, so I'm good on that one.  The other has been "remodeled".  All interior cabinets and closets are ripped out, so no manufacturer info panel.  I looked on the front I beam and can barely see some letters and numbers scratched in, but too faint to make out.  Plus, it doesn't seem like there are enough characters to make a full VIN.  Owner of property purchased 8 years ago from a realtor who bought it at a tax sale, so tracking down an owner seems out of the question.

Do I have any options here?  My plan is to subdivide the land into three parcels, bring in a third trailer, and sell the 3 individually (I have a bank in the area that will finance single wides on land).  I guess I could keep the trailer with no title and rent it out, but I would prefer to flip.  The bank won't finance without title or VIN.  Maybe I owner finance it and collect my proceeds over time plus interest?  Maybe take it out and get a used trailer with title in it's place?

Originally posted by @Derek Robinson :

I'm closing on a piece of property this week.  It has two single wides currently.  One has the VIN and other info on a sticker in the master closet, so I'm good on that one.  The other has been "remodeled".  All interior cabinets and closets are ripped out, so no manufacturer info panel.  I looked on the front I beam and can barely see some letters and numbers scratched in, but too faint to make out.  Plus, it doesn't seem like there are enough characters to make a full VIN.  Owner of property purchased 8 years ago from a realtor who bought it at a tax sale, so tracking down an owner seems out of the question.

Do I have any options here?  My plan is to subdivide the land into three parcels, bring in a third trailer, and sell the 3 individually (I have a bank in the area that will finance single wides on land).  I guess I could keep the trailer with no title and rent it out, but I would prefer to flip.  The bank won't finance without title or VIN.  Maybe I owner finance it and collect my proceeds over time plus interest?  Maybe take it out and get a used trailer with title in it's place?

 Mobiles usually have the VIN stamped into the frame underneath the unit. Try looking there. Use a little water on the stamp mark to make it easier to read.

Working on a couple of these messes right now. You should be able to find it on the tax record somewhere. Someone has been paying the taxes on it in the past years? If it is listed in the sales contract you can take it to the general council of the DMV and show them you are the new owner of the mobile home, they will then issue new title. Look on the county tax record under vehicles or mobile homes and search the address to see if you find anything attached to that address.

@Paul Sofia , I wonder how the folks at ibts supply you with the missing data if you have nothing to go on?

Yes, it still has the original siding

Originally posted by @Derek Robinson :

@Paul Sofia, I wonder how the folks at ibts supply you with the missing data if you have nothing to go on?

Yes, it still has the original siding

Look on the narrow ends of home. There should be a HUD tag, It is a small metal tag attached to the siding. If it is missing, it still may be possible to to get your data plate info if it is at the original location where the home was set. You would need to provide that info to them.

@Derek Robinson If the VIN is faint and you can't see it, you may need to apply for a new one. Though, you may have to provide proof of ownership. Check with your local government authority in charge of titling mobile homes. Explain the situation. They may be able to offer you a few options. Good luck! 

If this was a HUD home the tag should be "stamped" into the foremost crossmember and would be quite obvious (e.g. I believe 3/8 inch in size usually). If you're looking at the right spot I wonder if this is a pre-HUD home...it shouldn't look like anything is scratched in.

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