VIN RECORD HISTORY
AL Vehicle History Reports
You see all the commercials and ads these days, encouraging you to step up and ask for a vehicle’s history report if you are interested in purchasing it – so why not? There are so many key details held within the history of a vehicle that can really help to determine the proper value and foresee future issues that could arise based on evidence from the past.
Previous serious repairs and complete overhauls, as well as severe damages and traffic collisions are just a few of the details offered in a vehicle history report, with the history of theft and the status of the vehicle as current also held in this report.
If you are ever considering buying a used vehicle, you have to get these details of the vehicle first, or else you could end up paying a pretty hefty price in the years or maybe no more than months or weeks ahead.
Using a Vehicle History Report
Using a vehicle history report seems like it is pretty cut and dry, but a lot of people don’t really understand the use and benefits of these reports, which can be used by vehicle sellers and buyers alike. Just as the vehicle’s potential buyer can utilize a vehicle report to determine value and reliability, a seller can utilize the report to prove value and reliability, ensuring an easier and swifter sale.
There are different things that you will see on the report, which include:
- Current vehicle owner
- Previous vehicle collisions
- Previous severe damages
- Flood damages
- Fire damages
- Odometer fraud
- Previous owners
- States garaged or kept
- Title branding
- Title lien and status
Whether the vehicle was impacted by a severe storm, as the case with many vehicles involved in storms like Hurricane Katrina, or was involved in a fire – regardless of the means – the vehicle’s history record offers so much information that can be used to make decisions and assist in sales.
Where Are Vehicle/VIN/Title Checks Offered
Whether you are seeking out a full vehicle history report, or would prefer just the title check or VIN check for whatever reasons – although the full report is much more useful – there are several locations by which to obtain the report you need.
- Always check with the DMV first. While these reports may have a short wait as you await the report by mail, this is often the most inexpensive method, offering a great choice for those not looking to spend more than they have to.
- Several third party sources online offer internet vehicle history reports, VIN record checks, and even title checks to those who are willing to spend a bit more for the report. You receive these reports instantly for the price you pay – but always ensure you are utilizing a credible source.
- Check with the local Clerk of Courts or other court departments that handle reports, giving you another cost efficient method that can also offer the most thorough of reports.
When you are ready to buy or sell a car, make sure you have the report you need to make a good judgment call or to help others do so more effectively.