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How to Check Car History for Free?

CHECK CAR HISTORY FOR FREE

When you’re going to purchase a used car, there’re a lot of questions running through your mind.

  • Has the car ever been in an accident?
  • How much has the car been driven?
  • Has the car ever been stolen?
  • What is the service history of a car?
  • Is it really worth buying?

A Vehicle History Report (VHR) gives you information about the car’s history, the previous accidents, and the previous ownerships.

You must be certainly interested in knowing a car’s history for free before purchasing a used car. You can easily obtain a free VHR by using the internet. There are multiple resources where you can check the vehicle’s history report. However, the free history is limited. The information which is not specific to car’s VIN includes:

  • Manufacturer of the car.
  • Model of the car.
  • Manufacturing details which includes engine type, country of assembly and the chassis type.

The following information about the specific car is based on its VIN:

  • Ownership history
  • Clean title/ownership verification
  • Periodic odometer readings
  • Maintenance records
  • History of rental or lease
  • Accident repair history
  • Flood repair history

What’s a VIN (Vehicle Identification Number)?

A Vehicular Identification Number is a unique barcode consisting of numbers and alphabets used for identifying vehicles. Each barcode character has a specific meaning. A VIN tells us about the vehicle’s serial number, where the vehicle was built, the vehicle’s manufacturer, the vehicle’s brand engine type and size, vehicle’s security code, vehicle’s year and the plant which assembled the vehicle.

Why are Vehicular History Reports so important?

The vehicular history reports give you detailed insights about the history of the car’s past from its inception to until today. Things like

  • Ownership history
  • Title
  • Maintenance records
  • Mileage

Ownership history tells you how many the car has had and the location of each owner whether or not the car is registered in multiple states. It also tells you about the type of owner be it an individual, commercial, government, rental fleet and so on. It will also tell you if the car was owned or leased if there’s a lean out.

Sometimes maintenance records are reported but not always. If an owner has used multiple repair shops over the life of the car not everything gets reported doesn’t necessarily mean the car is not well cared for.

Mileage is also important. The vehicular history report should record mileage with every historical event. This is also a good way to tell if the mileage is accurate if it looks smooth, if it looks proper if it adds up. If it looks odd and if it kinds of jumps around it’s possible the odometer has been tampered with. That’s a red flag and it is also very illegal.

The title is the most important thing if you want to find a car with a clean title. If the title isn’t clean it means it has a branded title. Different kinds of branded titles include salvage, TMU (True Mileage Unknown), flooded, reconstructed and many more. If it’s salvage it means at some point an insurance company considered it to be a total loss either from an accident, flood damage, theft or something like this. It is best to avoid branded titles if you can.

Sometimes paying for your report is a worthwhile expense if you’re shopping in the private market. A  VHR, which you can usually buy for a fee that ranges between $10 and $40, has the following information about the specific car, based on its VIN

  • Ownership history
  • Clean title/ownership verification
  • Periodic odometer readings
  • Maintenance records
  • History of rental or lease
  • Accident repair history
  • Flood repair history

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