How to check used car history records by the
What is the vehicle history report • Where is
the car VIN number • Vehicle title search
I certainly recommend to check a used car
history records before buying a car.
I tried Carfax vehicle history report service many times and
found it very useful. It doesn't give you a 100% warranty that
the car is perfect, but for sure, spending a few dollars for a
history report can save you a lot more. You may find out the
Totaled in an accident/Salvaged
State emissions inspection results
Lien activity, and/or
Vehicle use (taxi, rental, lease, etc.)
Service and repair history
The good thing, Carfax works in Canada as well.
Look at the picture I made at a body shop yard. Why do
you think the body shop keeps that rear piece of the
car? Because when they find the same vehicle with rear
end damage, they will just weld one car from two pieces,
paint it nicely and sell it through the auction
somewhere in a different state or province. Soon it may
appear in a used car dealer lot as "Immaculate condition
with low mileage". The car may look clean and shiny, but
if you check the car history report, you may find that
the vehicle was salvaged.
Another example: Just recently I received a message from
the person who recently bought privately a "low mileage"
car. He even had it inspected by a dealer and had been
told that the car is OK. Few days later he found out
that Carfax report shows much higher previous mileage.
Very unfortunate situation. By the way, when you bring
the car to a dealer for inspection, have a look at items
covered in the inspection checklist - usually it does
not include things like previous accident check or
odometer fraud check. Thus, even if you have a car
inspected by a dealer, check history records BEFORE
buying a car.
How it works and how much it costs?
you need is the VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) of
the car you are going to buy. You can find this number
in the vehicle title or under the car windshield (look
at the picture).
A single vehicle history report will cost you $19.99 (US
Unlimited Reports Plan will cost $24.99 (It means that
after signing up, you can run an unlimited number of
vehicle history reports for 30 days from the date you
run your first report).
If you are in the process of shopping for a used car
this plan will be better for you because you can check
as many cars as you like for 30 days. I always use this
You can pay them online, they accept VISA, MasterCard,
and American Express.