An effective way to do stolen vehicle check is to run VIN check and get a car history report. Theft is not the only hidden problem you may find in a used car. Knowing the full history helps avoid a salvage title, odometer scams, lemons and other cars your would never buy if you knew their history. In different countries, vehicle history reports are provided by different websites. For vehicles that have been registered in the US and Canada these are CarFax And AutoCheck. For UK vehicles it’s CarFax.eu and AutoCheck.co.uk.
Sometimes, a careful inspection can work as stolen vehicle check for you and you won’t even have to fetch the information from the DMV or police offices. Start with the general questions about the car. How many owners did it have? Was it repainted or in a accident? Were there capital repairs, like engine replacement? Then, inspect the VIN number carefully. If you notice that the VIN number could have been altered of faked, for example, the digits are filed, molded, erased or have any other signs of being tampered, the VIN plate is damaged, the area around the plate is scratched or there are signs of being repainted, it’s a warning sign. You’d better stay away from this vehicle or inform the police. Needless to say, doing VIN check and getting the vehicle history based on this VIN makes no sense - it will be clean because VIN numbers are faked with the purpose to hide the dirty history of a stolen car.Take note of any signs of repainting the car. As a rule, the rubber lining around the winds may be stained if the car was repainted. Make sure the VIN on the body matches the one of the engine. If it doesn’t and no capital repairs are reported, it’s a warning sign. Call your local police station and make a request regarding a specific vehicle.
Another way to do stolen vehicle check for free is visiting state government websites which also enable you to check if a specific vehicle is reported stolen in that state. Please, be ready to provide the VIN number and Model Year. The links to government websites are given below.
Alabama Alaska Arizona Arkansas California Colorado Connecticut Delaware District of Columbia Florida Georgia Hawaii Idaho Illinois Indiana Iowa Kansas Kentucky Louisiana Maine Maryland Massachusetts Michigan Minnesota Mississippi Missouri Montana Nebraska Nevada New Hampshire New Jersey New Mexico New York North Carolina North Dakota Ohio Oklahoma Oregon Pennsylvania Rhode Island South Carolina South Dakota Tennessee Texas Utah Vermont Virginia Washington West Virginia Wisconsin Wyoming
In the UK, free stolen vehicle check can be done by calling Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency by the number number 0906 185 8585.
Australia has one of the highest car theft rates in the world. In order to check if the vehicle has been stolen you need to contact your State Vehicle Registry or go to stolen property.com.au and check listings for stolen cars. Myrta.com provides vehicle history reports online on paid basis.