Using FOIA to get truck info

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JonM934

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OK, here are step by step instructions on how to get the Marines to give you information on your truck FOR FREE.

You will need your VIN, hood serial number, and photo of the driver's door inside showing the VIN and serial number.

Go to this URL:
https://www.foiaonline.gov

Then Create an Account

Login

Click on “Submit a request”

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Select the “Department of the Navy” option, then from the first dropdown select "Marine Corps", and from the second dropdown select the command, “Marine Corps Logistics Command”.

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Leave the request type “FOIA”.

The next section will contain all the info from your account. You typed it in when you set up your account so it should all be correct.

Processing fees. I put $200 but you can put whatever you wish. On the request I made they do not charge anything. I would gladly pay $200 if they sent me all their records but they send just some summary things.

Description:

“Hello, I would like the maintenance and deployment records for a USMC vehicle I purchased. It is an Oshkosh MK23, VIN 10TDMWE353S0xxxxx and the Marine serial number is 594xxx.”

I put x’s in for this example but when you send in the request it should be your actual numbers.

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When I submitted my request for my first truck, a lawyer with the USMC sent me an email and said that she wanted clarification of the serial number. She wanted a photo. I think she just wanted to be sure I owned the truck and was not wasting their time. So now, I get a photo of the hood (or inside the driver’s door) that shows the serial number and I upload that. The serial number is 6 digits long and start with “59”.

Then click “review” and then “submit”.

Within a few minutes, you will get a confirmation email from FIOA with a subject like “FOIA Request DON-USMC-2020-00xxxx”.

Then just sit back and relax. It will take a couple of weeks. My information came in a 9 by 12 manilla envelope by certified mail.

It will take some detective work on your part to figure it all out when it arrives but HEY it was free.
 

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Pretty sweet the USMC came through!!!. I'm batting 1 of 3 right now with FOIA though the Army Automotive Command (I think it was) and the DLA.
 

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Nice work Jon. What came in the envelope?
MAdams,

I received about 12 pages of stuff but there were only two that really mattered. They are below. The Limited Technical Inspection form is not shown in its entirety because I am just showing it as a sample of what you might get. One the shipping document, I checked the From and To codes (circled in Red) and found out that my truck was shipped from Camp Fuji Japan to Yermo.

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The codes like (b)(4) and (b)(6) mean the text was obfuscated due to privacy or security reasons.
 

JonM934

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You can't beat free. Would that documentation have an entry if the engine has been overheated?
I don't remember what the form says exactly for each entry. When I got my documents back from the FOIA I could not read the preprinted text very well. So I printed the blank form off and then I copied from their form what they had entered. When I was done, then I could finally understand it.

The form is Navmc 10284. I found it on the internet. I printed some extras for my own use later when I go through the PM on the truck.

I suggest you look at the form on the internet and see what it says about the engine. I don't think that there is a check box for overheated.

The form I received from my FOIA has a few notes at the bottom from the mechanic. That was useful. Maybe your form will have some notes too.

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