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HINVALID Terms and Conditions

PLEASE READ THESE TERMS AND CONDITIONS CAREFULLY. BY ACCESSING THIS WEBSITE YOU AGREE TO BE BOUND BY THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS BELOW. THESE TERMS AND CONDITIONS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE FROM TIME TO TIME AND AT OUR SOLE DISCRETION. WE WILL NOTIFY YOU OF AMENDMENTS TO THESE TERMS AND CONDITIONS BY POSTING THEM TO THIS WEBSITE. IF YOU DO NOT AGREE WITH THESE TERMS AND CONDITIONS, PLEASE DO NOT ACCESS THIS WEBSITE.

  1. This website, HINVALID.com, is owned and operated by MARIFAX LLC (referred to herein as "MARIFAX," "HINVALID," "this website," "we," "us," or "our"). MARIFAX has no connection or relationship with CARFAX, Boatfax, Equifax, or with any entity with a similar name or business.
  2. MARIFAX has not independently verified the information contained in our database. This data has been obtained from HINVALID system users and from the boat registration databases of numerous U.S. states. This data is known to contain errors. It is possible that there are vessels with duplicate Hull Identification Numbers (HINs) and/or HINs which have been incorrectly entered.
  3. By checking or "validating" a HIN against our database you agree not to hold MARIFAX, its employees, or other entities which provide this information, liable for any reason, as a result of your use of information obtained from this website. All information obtained from this website, with the exception of statements regarding compliance or non-compliance with federal regulation issues, and pertaining to the originality or accuracy of a particular HIN, shall be understood to be judgements or qualified opinions and not irrefutable facts.
  4. If alternate means of verifying a HIN's accuracy are available, we recommend you do so. MARIFAX does not have production lists provided by watercraft manufacturers against which comparisons are made. Our proprietary HINTEGRITY Check findings are based upon either or both manual data review/comparison or computerized diagnostic programming which suggests the observation of "recognizable inconsistencies" within a pattern of numbers and letters (HIN digits 4-8) known as the "manufacturer's serial number portion of a HIN."
  5. Our ability to render accurate judgments or opinions, beyond compliance evaluation, is proportional to the number of comparable HINs within our database. New makes, models, and vessels from low-volume builders are less likely to have numerous comparables within our database. If we discover that insufficient data is available we will advise you of that fact and the results you receive will be limited to a COMPLIANCE Check.
  6. A HINVALID Instant HIN Verification in no way suggests ownership, title, registration, title authenticity, or legal possession of any watercraft or boat by any individual. Owners or potential buyers are instructed to use due diligence when attempting to ascertain or verify rightful and unencumbered ownership of a vessel.
  7. MARIFAX has gone to great lengths to de-sensitize its database. Our database does not contain any information whatsoever regarding ownership of a particular vessel for which there is a HIN record.
  8. Downloading, uploading or making the contents of the HINVALID database available to any other website or entity by any means without prior written permission of MARIFAX LLC is strictly prohibited. HINVALID website users agree not to attempt to gain access in any manner to the database for any purposes other than as provided, i.e. to validate a single HIN on each individual request.
  9. MARIFAX will make all reasonable efforts to provide uninterrupted service of its website(s). We do not guarantee this as technical difficulties causing disruption of services may not be within our control. We accept neither liability nor responsibility for any lapse of service for which we are not responsible nor have control over. Furthermore, brief, temporary interruptions of the HINVALID service may be required for maintenance purposes.
  10. Our use of any links, logos, or mention of third party individuals, organizations, or associations is for your convenience; we do not endorse any product, service, information, or material provided by any organization or individual unless we clearly state that this is the case.
  11. The scripting, articles, proprietary methods and processes, distinctly innovative ideas for future enhancements, as well as MARIFAX-developed software used by or created for the MARIFAX / HINVALID website(s) is the sole property of MARIFAX LLC. By using this website(s) and/or service, you acknowledge that all copyrighted, trademarked, and otherwise indicated intellectual properties and the rights thereto are the sole property of MARIFAX LLC.
  12. In any case, the maximum liability for which MARIFAX shall be held responsible is limited to the return of any funds paid to MARIFAX for services rendered.
  13. MARIFAX assumes no responsibility, and shall not be held liable for any damages to your computer equipment which occur as a result of your access to, use of, or downloading of any materials, data, text, images, video, or audio from this website.
  14. All content of this website is proprietary to MARIFAX LLC. Nothing on this website, with the exception of an individual user's Instant HIN Verification Report may be copied, used, re-printed, or distributed in full or in part without the prior written permission of MARIFAX LLC.
  15. It must be understood and agreed upon that information provided by this website should not be relied upon for any type of legal action. Further, no one should take any action against any boat or boat owner based upon any information provided by this website. Information provided by this website MUST NOT and cannot be used as a confirmation or probable cause to believe that any property is stolen. If you suspect that a boat may be stolen, you should contact your local law enforcement agency to investigate and provide verification of the status of the boat in question.