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    registering???

    I have just bought a trailer (used) that doesnt have the vin number etc.(The vin number is there but extremely hard to make out).
    The writing is fading away and i have a funny feeling it will be gone by next season.
    Can i register the trailer if this sticker is no longer readable?
    I have the info on paper along with the bill of sale.
    I haven't gotten a straight answer from my insurance company website,
    I emailed them but they didnt tell me what i wanted to know.
    I emailed the company of the trailer but they said i need the original sale receipt to get a new sticker but i bought it used and i dont think he has the sales reciept anymore.

    Does anyone know if this can be done

    Any info will be great, thanks


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    Go to the tag office with bill of sale and ask for a vin plate, usually used on homemade trailers, then you need to securely place the new vin plate on the front neck of the trailer, then take it back and they will give you a form that a police officer will fill out after inspecting that the vin plate is secured to the trailer, after you get this done they will register your trailer. Good luckfficeffice" />>>

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    Quote Originally Posted by bossd View Post
    ...(The vin number is there but extremely hard to make out).
    The writing is fading away and i have a funny feeling it will be gone by next season...
    You may be able to digitally photograph the VIN plate, and then enhance the VIN picture on a computer to make the VIN numbering more visible. Then use that enhanced photo to prove that the VIN on the trailer is indeed the same as the one on your paperwork.

    Somebody who knows his way around technical photography should be able to do this without too much trouble. Sometimes they use special lighting to maximize the clarity in the image, then further enhance that image using photoshop type software.

    Once the first photos are taken, you can try applying a wetting agent to the VIN plate. Sometimes the right chemical will cause the faded lettering to temporarily darken, and you can photograph it better that way, before the wetting agent dries. Just don't use a solvent that could lift the VIN plate ink - that would be bad.

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    well thanks for the help
    my father is a wiz with digital photography but he is a busy man...so i thnk ill try the registries office first... jts when you say "tag" office do you mean the registries office?
    if i cant get a vin plate then ill try to do what k447 advised
    thanks again.

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    bossd

    registries office, right
    the place were you will go to get your tag ....
    take the trailer with you
    Good luck

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    thanks.
    BTW i would love to take the trailer with me but.... its not registered

    but thanks again for the help

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    Quote Originally Posted by bossd View Post
    ...I would love to take the trailer with me but.... its not registered...
    You may be able to get a temporary plate for the trailer.

    There are temporary plates for cars, often used when they need to be transported or driven before being properly plated. Often the temporary plate is only good for 10 days or so, and costs a few dollars.

    In Ontario, the temp plate is made of paper, and is often taped to the back window of the car. I am sure you could work out something for the trailer. Maybe just tow it with the paper plate inside the car. If you get stopped (which is unlikely), show the temp trailer plate to the officer.

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