Avoid a Problem Vehicle with a VIN Check

VIN verification is the only way to ensure that the used vehicle you are considering purchasing has a clean history. Otherwise, you're simply taking the word of the person selling you the car. If you're buying from a family member or close friend, you can probably assume they're being honest... but a salesperson, a neighbor, or someone you found in the newspaper may not tell you the whole story.

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That's where VIN Check comes in. Every car on the road has a unique vehicle identification number, a 17-character alphanumeric sequence that identifies that particular vehicle. Obtaining that identification from the dealer is a crucial part of the used car buying process.

Once you have this information, you can perform a free vehicle identification number verification to reveal valuable data about that particular car, including the true year, make and model. This way, you can immediately know if it's the year the seller is claiming. If it tells you that it's a 2004 model, but the free VIN verification reveals that it's actually a 2002, then you'll know to move on, since there are probably other details the seller isn't sharing with you.

Once you have the basic information, you can request a full vehicle history report, which usually costs about $19.99 for a VIN and $24.99 for unlimited reports for up to 60 days. So you can check as many VINs as you want until you find the perfect used car.

The complete vehicle history report will reveal hidden problems such as major damage, odometer tampering, ownership transfers, DMV transactions and more. This will give you the complete picture, so you know exactly what you are buying. For the cost of a small meal for two, you can avoid buying a problem vehicle that could end up costing thousands of dollars in repairs. As such, it's worth getting the full report after the initial VIN check.

Buying a used car can be a difficult process, as it often takes some time before you find the perfect vehicle for you and your family. To make the process easier, be sure to check the VIN of each vehicle you are considering. Don't end up buying a lemon!