Vehicle History Report
The vehicle history report helps discover the truth about the past of a used vehicle. Buying a used vehicle without the vehicle history report is very risky because any used car may have been damaged in a severe accident, stolen, assigned a branded title (salvage, lemon, flood damage. etc), have a rolled back odometer or may have many other hidden critical problems typical for used vehicles. The VIN number is all you need to get the full vehicle history report and know what you are buying. Remember: if the seller refuses to provide the VIN number for you to get the vehicle history report or does it uneasily, or offers to get and print it out for you instead, it's a serious warning sign. You should always get the vehicle history report yourself!
The vehicle history report includes the following information about the car's past:
- Salvage title
- Title problems (junk, rebuilt title, insurance loss and other)
- Salvage auction
- Manufacturer buyback (lemon) records
- Rebuilt car
- Water/Flood/Hail/Fire damage
- Lemon vehicle
- Frame and other major damage
- Loan or lien
- Odometer rollback
- Broken vehicle
- Exceeded limits
- Suspect miles
- Grey market records
- Police, taxi, driver education, crash test and other use records
- Fleet car
- Emission inspections
- Registration info
- Duplicate title
- Reported history in chronological order
Does vehicle history report provide information on all events?
Of course, not all accidents or damage events can be reported to authorities. Inspection by an independent mechanic is a must when you buy a used car. But thorough inspection may be costly (about $200), so it makes sense to order the independent inspection only when you minimize the chances of getting a problem car. That's why you should start with vehicle history report.
I have heard about the free VIN check. Does it exist?
Formally, the free VIN check exists. In practice, the so called free VIN check is a teaser that tells absolutely nothing about the car's past, you will only know how many records are found in the report. Any used car will have some records reported and a record can be just anything: a regular emission inspection or odometer reading check, a registration event, a sale, a fully paid off loan, a reported scratch received on a parking lot, registration in storm area, or a severe accident, theft, water or frame damage and a salvage title. You can't know what a record means, it can be just ANYTHING. Also, there is a number of ways to get a free vehicle history report. However, all of these options will either push you into purchasing a car at a higher price or are not reliable.
You may spend more hours searching for totally free VIN history reports (which do not really exist) or stop wasting your time and efforts and get the full vehicle history report now.
Where Does vehicle history report information come from?
Vehicle history report information comes from over 40,000 sources, such as US and Canadian DMV, Car Auctions, Consumer Protection Agencies, Auto Dealers, Insurance Claims Administrators and other State Agencies. All data meets the either industry guidelines or federally mandated Drivers Privacy Protection Act (DPPA).