Thanks so much for your reply. And I agree, my original post was probably a bit wordy and confusing
Plus, I see in my last post even I
got confused by it, and got the which VIN/which title mixed up. Sheesh!
I'm just about to call the SMB owner, so this is timely. Maybe this SMB can still be in the running.
Just to make sure I'm understanding you correctly:
You're saying it's okay/normal for a Ford Sportsmobile to have two VINs on it? In this case, just to clarify:
1) VIN sticker on driver's door, has Ford VIN number for "cargo van." This VIN is not used anywhere else.
2) VIN on dash (not sure exactly what it looks like as I have not seen it), has Ford VIN number for "incomplete chassis." This VIN is on the title.
I realize you can't make any judgement on this particular SMB. But if this situation is not glaringly abnormal, that gives me something to go on.
Added: To me it would have made more sense for the door VIN to be used on the title, since that's the "more finished" one (cargo van); but from what I'm reading, it may not be a problem in the real world that the other VIN (incomplete chassis) was used, since it is also present on the van?
Edited to add: I just talked to the seller, and I think I can now see the logic for using the "incomplete chassis" VIN on the title. Because I confirmed that that's the VIN that is on a little metal(?) strip that is fastened to the dashboard right at the bottom near the windshield. So that seems like the VIN that people/police/etc. would normally look at, and it's much more "permanent" vs. a little sticker on the door. Not saying that the "cargo van" one on the door might not be more correct in an "evolved finished van" way, but still I can see why one would use the dash VIN.