Fiat Stilo sold, now
an Alfa-only driver!
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: United Kingdom
It's not a physical marker on the car, it's just something that DVLA & Police use as a way of saying the vehicle needs its identity checking (VIC = Vehicle Identity Check). In the UK you can present the car as a VOSA (Vehicle & Operator Services Agency) site and pay a fee for them to inspect the vehicle & confirm its identity. However im not sure what you would do in Ireland, you'd probably need an inspection from the Agency that regulates your equivilent of our MOTs, as VOSA oversee them for the UK.
It could be that it's been cloned. However i'm also pretty certain that a VIC marker is set against the Vehicle Record when any car is recorded as a CAT A, B or C write off. As this appears to have recently been declared CAT C, it couldve been repaired but not yet checked. Therefore the VIC marker may not actually be anything too serious.
Even so, if 156s are in as plentiful supply in Ireland as in the UK, i'd walk away. The way it's being advertised in Poland and Ireland, and isn't an Irish registered car would make me wary.