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What to Expect

What can you expect from our service? The simple answer is anything from a negative finding (no luck) at one end of the spectrum to a list of former owners and contacts back to the first owner. Some searches are very easy, and some may take many hours of research over many months. You can be assured that we will not bill or attempt to charge you for work that is not authorized by you. This is a process that we can discuss. It is a process under your control.

We will keep you updated with a stream of emails as we conduct the search and make progress.

The average search takes from 4 to 6 weeks to complete. In our mobile society and with the increased use of cell phones it has become increasingly difficult to locate and talk to people from the past. Our search protocol is extremely successful when it comes to locating former owners.

A successful search requires the use of a large number of genealogical and public records as well as a solid knowledge of Corvettes, and many contacts in the Corvette world. There is no magic performed here. It simply takes some digging and the knowledge of where to look and how to interact with people. Most former owners are pleasant to speak with but it is not always easy or comfortable speaking with some people. Sometimes the ability to “read between the lines” is helpful.  

 

 

Pitfalls

From the outset we want to be open and honest with you. The search for former owners is an inexact science. After twenty, thirty, or forty years the facts can get fuzzy. And our government is often less than helpful because of the enactment of privacy laws. Still, there are many avenues of approach. Assuming we have enough information to proceed with your search there are a number of pitfalls that we might encounter:

1.     We probably won’t be successful if you ask us to locate former owner John Smith of New York state. There is just not enough information to work with. If that’s the case we simply won’t take you on as a client.
 
2.      A former owner might be deceased. In this case we can attempt to contact relatives or old friends.
 
3.      A former owner may not be interested in talking to you. He may not remember very much. Or he may be suspicious of the reason you are calling. Remember that not everyone is as excited about your car as you are. These days people are rightfully suspicious of calls from strangers inquiring about their past. However, our experience has shown that if tactfully approached in a friendly way the majority of former owners will be interested in what has happened to their car.
 
4.      Due to federal privacy laws enacted in the 1990’s almost none of the U.S. states will give out vehicle information. Generally they only keep their data for about ten years anyway. There are a few exceptions to this rule as well as some other sources for this information. But very little of our research is done with the help of state DMVs.