Let’s start with some of the questions that people typically have during this process…
Where can I find my VIN?
The Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) is a series of 17 numbers and letters that are unique to each vehicle. You can start your VIN lookup in each of the following places:
1. The vehicle’s insurance card
2. The driver’s side dashboard
3. The vehicle’s title or registration, or
4. The driver’s side door post.
You should be able to find it in all of these locations.
My VIN has less than 17 characters…can I still get the history?
If your vehicle has less than 17 letters and numbers, that means it was manufactured prior to 1981. In 1981, a 17-character, alpha-numeric VIN was made standard in the industry. Unfortunately, there is no comprehensive database in existence on pre-1981 vehicles. You cannot get the history of these vehicles. Try to gather as much information as you can from the current owner.
We will search our database of over 18 billion records on 384 million used cars!
I want to check more than one VIN…can I do this?
You sure can! There are several options when it comes to your VIN lookup. You can get 25 reports or if you think you might be looking at even more cars there is an unlimited report option that allows you to look up as many VINs as you want within a 21 day period. This gives you the freedom to consider a number of vehicles before deciding which one is right for you. Chances are, you will want to check more than one during the process. Rarely is the first one you look at the one you end up buying.
What will the Free VIN Number Lookup tell me?
When you enter your VIN Number above, we will immediately search a database of more than 18 billion records to find information on your particular vehicle. This initial free search will tell you how many DMV records are available on your particular vehicle. From there you can order a full Vehicle History Report which will reveal hidden problems, odometer readings and other important information.
How fast can I find out my vehicle’s history so I can make a decision?
Your VIN Lookup and Vehicle History Report are instantaneous. The results of the comprehensive search appear onscreen seconds after you enter your vehicle information. So you will find out right away if you should avoid a vehicle you’re considering. If you order the unlimited reports you will be given a login and PW to access as many reports as you’d like within the 21 day timeframe. As far as full VIN check costs are concerned, they vary from company to company, and within a company they change the price structure from time to time.
Where is all of this information gathered from?
The report consists of information from over 175 different sources, including state DMVs, government agencies, auto auctions, car dealers and more. All of this data is gathered and compiled into one easy to read, easy to understand report on any used vehicle.
Do I really need a VIN Lookup Before I Buy the Car?
Absolutely. You don’t want to buy something as expensive as a used car can be without checking it out first to see if there are any hidden problems the seller wither doesn’t know about or just isn’t telling you. So it really is in your best interest to do your research before making a decision. The initial part is free, and even the unlimited report option is only $99…a small price to pay for peace of mind. So start with your free VIN lookup and then you can decide if you want to get the full report from there.