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Old 05-01-2021, 02:10 PM   #1
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Free to low priced VIN reports or decoders?

Does anyone know of any service besides carfax that would give me VIN info on the busses I'm looking at? Also, I don't see transmission info mentioned much on busses. Where would I go for that info?

Carfax is nice but it's $99 for 5-6 checks. At this rate i'd need like $300-$400 just to check the VINs of all the busses i'm watching. Thanks!
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Old 05-01-2021, 02:24 PM   #2
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I doubt Carfax would be much help for buses. Take the VIN and contact the manufacturer for tranny info. Most sellers will say "it has an Allison" , DUH, 99% of them have an , some desirable, some not so much.
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Old 05-03-2021, 07:24 PM   #3
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I use the NHTSA site. It's completely free and gives some basic VIN decode information to help me decide. https://vpic.nhtsa.dot.gov/decoder/
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I haven't tried it on buses yet, but I use decodethis.com for cars and trucks

Also a lot of parts places websites now offer plate and vin decoding

Edit: I just did my short bus... not sure how helpful it would be, here's the results from my VIN
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Most sellers will say "it has an Allison" , DUH, 99% of them have an , some desirable, some not so much.
Yes
And to piggyback on this excellent point, some sellers will misrepresent which Allison transmission it has and you think you're getting a desirable transmission when in fact you're getting a crappy transmission that turns out to be a lemon that leaves you stranded thousands of miles from home.

Buyer beware.
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I haven't tried it on buses yet, but I use decodethis.com for cars and trucks

Also a lot of parts places websites now offer plate and vin decoding

Edit: I just did my short bus... not sure how helpful it would be, here's the results from my VIN
Thanks! I will check it out.
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