If it's missing I would suspect body work at some point. Undisclosed body work?
Dealer wouldn't be able to help, I have never heard of that being replaced as it's made by the factory when the vehicle is being built... with the vin
number. Certain things are just not replaceable.
They probably should have been able to give you that information based on the vin
... those numbers are calculated based on options, tow package, a/c, power windows
and so on... tow weight
is reduced with more options added. They are not a "one size fits all" type deal.
I run away from vehicles with that missing, no matter what price they are being sold for... that and the sticker under the hood with the engine size, emissions etc...
Ran away from a very nicely priced 3/4 ton truck as that sticker and the vin
on the dash didn't match