Classic Cars

A classic corvette with VIN issues is saved from the crusher after a legal battle

front end shot of 1959 Chevrolet Corvette driving down the road

Falsifying a vehicle’s VIN can cause problems for years and years to come. Unfortunately, this Chevrolet Corvette owner has had to deal with this exact scenario for years. Worse still, it cost him over $50,000 just to keep his car.

Can you swap VIN numbers on a car?

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Exchange a VIN plate to another car is a federal crime. However, removing the VIN plate from the vehicle is legal in most states, as long as it comes back to the same car. There are a few states where tampering with the VIN plate is completely illegal. One such state is Kansas, where this unfortunate story takes place.