VIN Check Options for History Reports
VIN Check (also known as VIN number search or VIN lookup) should be your first step towards buying a used car if you want to buy safely. The result is the Vehicle History Report (or Car History Report) on a certain VIN number. This way you can find out what happened to the car in the past and avoid numerous hidden problems, even if the car looks fine. A VIN is looked up a database of millions used cars with over billion car events reported on different VIN numbers. Very often, there is really much to learn from a detailed report and, unfortunately, some discoveries are very unpleasant.
What Sort of Information Does Researching a VIN Reveal?
The information classified into the following major categories (different vehicle history report providers may categorize VIN data a bit differently):
- Damage problems
- Title problems
- vehicle use
- Odometer problems
- Vehicle registration records
- Manufacturer recall or Manufacturer buyback (lemon)
- Theft records
- Loan records
- Airbag deployment
If you unknowingly buy a car with hidden problems, at the best you overpay, at the worst you compromise your and your family's safety.
Major VIN Check Records
- Damage. Water, fire, hail, frame or other major damage may result in assigning a Salvage Title to the vehicle. This means that the repairing damage exceeded 50-75% of the car's cost and the vehicle was claimed ** total loss** by the insurance company.
- Title problems. A used car may have the following problem titles: major damage, water damage, hail damage, odometer problem, insurance loss, rebuilt and other.
- Vehicle use: taxi, police, rental, driver education and other use.
- Odometer problems: odometer correction, exceeded limits, broken odometer. Last odometer reading and intermediate odometer reading reports are included.
- Vehicle registration records: states the vehicle was registered at and the titles assigned, including registration in storm areas.
- Accidents. Minor or major accidents and damage type, rebuilt or unrebuildable title (if salvage title is given)
- Manufacturer recall or Manufacturer buyback. A major irreparable defect in a vehicle that made the manufacturer recall it or made the car qualify for a refund.
- Theft records. A used car you are buying can be a stolen car, with all the consequences...
- Loan records. A car could be pawned. You'll want to make sure the loan was fully paid off.
- Airbag deployment could occur during an accident. Possible result is the Airbag Fraud, which means that the airbag may be non-functional.
You can find more information about these problems is in Hidden Car Problems section.
Run VIN check and not the risk of buying a metal box of hidden problems!
How Fast Is the Procedure?
As a rule, the access to the report is immediate as the information is pulled from online databases.