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I Just Found My 1969 GTO Judge 23 Years After I Sold It

Posted March 26, 2014 8:30 AM by dstrohl
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Have you ever wondered what became of a car that you sold years ago? I have. When I was the editor of High Performance Pontiac magazine, I wrote an editorial for the September 2012 issue regarding different methods that readers could employ to track down a car that they had previously sold. I used the 1969 GTO Judge I had owned from 1988 into the early 1990s as an example.

I purchased it in New York, but the car was originally sold from a dealer in Bergen County, New Jersey, just a few miles from some towns in which I lived for many of my formative years. In fact, I remember going to the same dealership in 1974 with my mom and dad when they nearly traded in our bright red 1968 Cutlass S convertible for an equally stunning 1970 Grand Prix - small world.

Read about this GTO on Hemmings.

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03/26/2014 10:50 AM

I've only sold 1 car in my (quite long) life, all the rest I ran until they were scrapped. In the UK registration numbers generally stay with a car for life. If you tell the DVLA that a car bumped into yours in a car park & give them the Reg. No. plus, I think £5, they will give the name & address of the current registered owner.

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03/27/2014 5:00 AM

That is a huge plus for UK people and car Reg numbers, the other big plus is that generally (I know its not 100% due to fancy number exchanges) you can tell the possible 2 years of the original registration/age of the vehicle.

Here, due to "OVER Simplifying" of the registration documents, its even getting hard to find out who the previous owner was!

Also, other important information has been left off like what summer tyre and wheel exact sizes are not on the document anymore. The amount of "dishing" (I do not know the exact name in English!) so as not to damage the wheel bearings for example.....Important info to my mind, but the simpletons at the German Reg. offices don't care......

Germany has a lot of good things going for it, but the bureaucracy here is simply awful.....

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03/27/2014 5:19 AM

Regrettably not. They'll now only deal on that level with an insurance company. They used to pass messages on for a small fee (if you left the envelope unsealed so they could read what you were sending to make sure it wasn't improper) but I don't think that's a service offered any more.

However, in the UK you can at least see if your old car still exists by entering the registration in any insurance comparison site. They look up the vehicle details from the DVLA database and if it returns the correct details your car is still registered. If it comes back with "vehicle not found" then it's been formally removed from the register, possibly exported but in all probablility scrapped.

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03/27/2014 5:27 AM

From the DVLA web site this form allows an individual to request details about the vehicle owner etc. but only if you have good reason which is why I added the rider about saying there had been a bump in a car park. (There's a version in Welsh as well).

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