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Whoever has the car whilst stolen certainly went to a lot of trouble to give it a new identity, could it be as simple as a genuine car but with your old ecu from your old car that was broken for parts and that's why the ecu shows your vin number?
A possible problem for those replacing fault locks, and matching ECU??
 
Whoever has the car whilst stolen certainly went to a lot of trouble to give it a new identity, could it be as simple as a genuine car but with your old ecu from your old car that was broken for parts and that's why the ecu shows your vin number?
I’d be surprised if someone put an ECU from one stolen car into another stolen car?
 
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Whoever has the car whilst stolen certainly went to a lot of trouble to give it a new identity, could it be as simple as a genuine car but with your old ecu from your old car that was broken for parts and that's why the ecu shows your vin number?
Im sure he would recognise his own car....so it would have his VIN!
 
Im sure he would recognise his own car....so it would have his VIN!
Understand what you're saying but if my car had been gone for a year and I'd had another car in the meantime I'm not sure I could definitely say it was my car. Unless there was a defining mark or dent etc
 
It's not that simple.

Only approved companies can supply and restamp the VIN number and plates.
But there are lots of them....and Merc can supply one of course. You can do the body, engine, floor pan ones yourself.
 
But there are lots of them....and Merc can supply one of course. You can do the body, engine, floor pan ones yourself.
Presumably it has to be checked by VOSA or some other organisation?
 
Personally I wouldn't want this car back . Sounds like too much trouble going forward. But having not been paid out by the insurance company for the loss OP will probably put up with the hassle of ownership .

Not often you get anything back after it's been stolen .
 
Personally I wouldn't want this car back . Sounds like too much trouble going forward. But having not been paid out by the insurance company for the loss OP will probably put up with the hassle of ownership .

Not often you get anything back after it's been stolen .

And, if he wants to sell it, then at the very least he'll need to sort out the VIN....
 
And, if he wants to sell it, then at the very least he'll need to sort out the VIN....
Stolen a year ago and not paid out by the insurance? Strange. A very convoluted and odd story. A little Billingsgate if you are a sceptic.
 
Stolen a year ago and not paid out by the insurance? Strange. A very convoluted and odd story. A little Billingsgate if you are a sceptic.
It had no insurance in place when it was taken, so no payout. Vehicle belongs to OP and police found it hence returned.

Unusual but not complicated :)
 
My car has been stolen and recovered by Police 1 year later. The car is now back to our driveway, but its VIN numbers have been changed. I am 101% convinced this is my car. Police have connected some smart device and were able to establish original VIN and this is how it has been returned to me eventually.

I am not able to bring car for MOT because the VIN places have been changed - on the driver side door frame, to the bottom of the windscreen and new VIN has been stamped onto metal frame under the driver`s seat.

Talking to DVLA - they are not concerned as long as the car`s VIN plates are back.

Talking to Police - they can provide a proof that this is my car but suggested to get in touch with Mercedes and order replacement VINs. I have ordered replacements stickers, but Mercedes suggest to find a company who can fit them for me. Questions:
1. Why Mercedes do not fit VIN plates and stamp VIN?
2. Do I actually need to stamp new VIN on metal frame or sticker plates on the door frame and windscreen are just fine?
3. What companies specialize on this king of work?
Hi, did you have any luck with this, particularly who specialises in this? I have just found out that our stolen Range Rover has been recovered in Belgium and similar circumstances, our insurance ran out 3hrs before it got stolen! I am in the process of getting it transported back to London, but have been told they changed the VIN number - not sure what exactly that means. Any advice would be helpful! Thanks!
 
Hi, did you have any luck with this, particularly who specialises in this? I have just found out that our stolen Range Rover has been recovered in Belgium and similar circumstances, our insurance ran out 3hrs before it got stolen! I am in the process of getting it transported back to London, but have been told they changed the VIN number - not sure what exactly that means. Any advice would be helpful! Thanks!
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