Checking vehicle history is the most important thing you need to do before you buy a second-hand car. Failing to do so may cost you a lot. Remember, hidden faults may be expensive to remove.
Listed below are the most important elements you need to pay attention to while buying a second-hand car.
Also known as the body number, the VIN is a unique, 17-character vehicle ID (VIN - Vehicle Identyfication Number). By decoding the VIN, you can determine the model year, body type, and even the equipment originally installed in the vehicle. This is why you should always ask the seller for the VIN number of the car you wish to buy. Decode the VIN and compare it to the information provided by the seller.
Vehicle history reports provide odometer readings. In case of the USA, the Federal Odometer Act requires a seller to disclose the vehicle's mileage on the title when ownership is transferred. Congress enacted this Act to prohibit odometer tampering and to protect consumers from mileage fraud. Under this act, sellers must disclose any issues with the vehicle's odometer. These disclosures translate into the Exceed Mechanical Limits and Not Actual Mileage titles. Our system analyzes the mileage history and the sources of this information to indicate a potential odometer rollback.
Vehicle history reports provide a chronological record of all previous entries constituting a summary of the facts from the damage history of the vehicle. Vehicle damage history may include the data about: Flood damage, Fire damage, Hail damage, Water damage, Vandalism, Kit, Dismantled, Junk, Rebuilt, Reconstructed, Salvage, Test Vehicle, Refurbished, Collision, Reserved, Salvage Retention etc. Each record has the date of the incident and/or the appearance of the entry and source of information.
Vehicle manufacturers issue recall notices to inform owners of car defects that have come to the manufacturer's attention. Recalls also suggest improvements that can be made to improve the safety of a particular vehicle. Most manufacturer recalls can be repaired at no cost. A safety recall can be independently conducted by a manufacturer or ordered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). In either case, the manufacturer must file a public report containing a description of the issue, the vehicles involved, and other information including a description of the solution. The manufacturer is obligated to provide a free remedy for vehicles involved in a safety recall.
Vehicle history reports provide the data of vehicle usage (official use), describing purpose of the vehicle (taxi, leasing, rental, police, government (state, federal, municipal) use etc.)
Archive photos of the vehicle, you are checking can be found through our system. You will find the image gallery of the checked vehicle. In special cases the images may be repeated if the owner shared the images with various entities. You should pay attention to the fact, that the presented vehicle has been staying for sale for a long time without any success. Moreover, take notice that in some cases the photos present damaged vehicle advertised currently as accident-free.
Based on the vehicle VIN number, vehicle history reports verify such information as manufacturer, model, vehicle type, body, engine type, manufacturer's country, model year, production year, transmission type, steering and safety system types etc. Depending on which information is encoded by the manufacturer in the VIN number, this part of the report will present all or part of them. In this section you can also find information about VIN correctness. In case of some manufacturers it is possible to check the correctness of the VIN number and the check digit.
Vehicle history reports provide information about the ownership of the checked vehicle starting from the very first owner (when the first owner(s) obtains a title from a Department of Motor Vehicles as proof of ownership). Typically, each change of ownership is indicated separately. Reports define an owner as an individual or business that possesses and uses a vehicle. Not all title transactions represent changes in ownership. To provide estimated number of owners, all the events in a vehicle history are analyzed. Estimated ownership is available for vehicles manufactured after 1991 and titled solely in the US including Puerto Rico.