The most effective and simple way to do VIN number check in Florida is to get an online vehicle history report from AutoCheck or Carfax. The former is an older brand and shows more maintenance info, the latter shows x2 as much accidents and exclusive auction data. You may find other sites offering VIN check for FL or any other vehicles, however, the reports will most likely be limited to title branding history, without much detail. In addition, only AutoCheck or Carfax provide additional proof with their report - a buyback guarantee on all vehicles you check with them. This means that if their ports fail to warn you about an existing salvage title with a vehicle you purchase, they will buy it back from you.
If you a buying a used car that has been registered in Florida, VIN check is highly recommended to protect you from a car with hidden problems. In addition to all the disadvantages that may significantly decrease the value of a used car, Florida vehicles are notorious for water damage history because of floods and hurricanes that frequently occur in this area. Wether you are knowingly buying a salvaged a FL car with water damage, or just an unknowing buyer hoping that the vehicle you want to buy didn’t suffer any significant damage, you should be aware that vehicles with water damage in their history are probably the worst type of all damaged cars to buy. Unlike accidents, water leaves to visible physical damage. However, electric systems used in modern cars to perform a large number of functions may be severely affected, although the damage may show up much later, when you don’t even expect. Rust of the undercarriage is another problems typical for used cars from Florida. Make sure you inspect the undercarriage thoroughly. That’s why a car history report is absolutely necessary if you are buying a vehicle registered in Florida. However, even vehicles sold in other state (like Texas) could have previously be registered in Florida and have title problems but the branding was erased due to title washing scam.
VIN check at Florida DMV is another way to learn about the history of a vehicle. You can request vehicle title history by filling out special form found at FL DMV website flhsmv.gov. The cost of title history is $15 and $3 for any additional certified copy. However, you can get the same data cheaper from other sources. Florida VIN number check at the DMV will also take some time to process. Online vehicle history reports are available immediately.
Yes, you can see how many records are found in the history databases for free with the above mentioned companies.