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MTB id and theft?

john10012john10012 Posts: 47
edited March 2013 in MTB buying advice
Can anyone tell me if mountain bikes and bikes in general have the equivalent of a VIN on a car?

And also is there some sort of crime database that people can check to make sure that a used bike they may be considering buying is not actually reported as stolen before they buy?

This would I'm sure be very useful information for a lot of people who may consider buying a used bike on eBay etc.

The only other way to try and ensure this is by asking if the seller has original receipts which they may not always keep even if they did buy the bike themselves and it is a genuine sale and transfer from one owner to a new owner.

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