Vehicle history check is an essential step in purchasing a used vehicle, not to say the most essential. Checking the history at the very first stage of used car hunting can save you a lot of time, for a start, especially if you don’t have time for traveling to inspect a potential clunker. Today, you can easily do vehicle history check online, in a number of ways. The most simple and effective way is to get a vehicle history report from a reputable car history service. Such companies do not provide free vehicle history check, only free vehicle records check, which means that first you can lookup how many records they have in the database for your VIN, and then purchase the report. These paid reports are well worth the dollars the providers request for them, because these are in the most complete motor vehicle history check data available today. The information is collected from over 40,000 sources, including but not limited to the DMV, insurance and finance companies, salvage auctions and other. Every used car history check company had it own sources of information that’s why the number of records for the same VIN may differ. For example, Autocheck reports tend to include more accident records, Carfax reports tend to have more maintenance records.
Please, note the the vehicle history report provided by these services may not include the information about some of events, and the companies inform the customers on their websites in the open form.
NMVTIS (National Motor Vehicle Title Information System) reports are another option that can help you save a few dollars on the VIN number reports, if title information is all you are concerned about. Such reports are cheaper than Carfax or Autocheck reports. The reports tell if the vehicle has ever been given a problem title, such as total loss, salvage, odometer tampering or any other branded title. The cost of the report may be as low as 3$, depending on the sources the data is pulled from.
By the way, inspecting a used vehicle on your own and negotiating the price with the seller, as well as asking all kinds of questions that help you bring to the surface the truth about the history of a used vehicle, is certainly a very useful practical experience that helps pinpoint where’s the catch. Even if you did vehicle history check and now know for sure that the vehicle has hidden problems the seller didn’t tell you about, especially when the problems occurred not far back in the past but immediately before the vehicle was registered to the current owner, it may be a great idea to take time and travel to see the vehicle with your own eyes and talk to the seller. You will be astonished to find how persuasive the seller sounds answering to your questions (although sometimes this part fails, if the questions are asked in the right way) and how good and impeccable the vehicle is, according to his words.