- insurance card or policy
- vehicle title or registration card
- front driver's side dash, looking through windshield
- front driver's side door post
Buying a used car can be risky. How do
you know what you're getting?
- hidden accident damage?
- false odometer readings?
- flood damage?
Truth is, all you need to avoid these risks is a free VIN number
check. A car's unique Vehicle Identification Number is the key to
unlocking its history.
| A Junk Title is issued on a vehicle damaged to the
extent that the cost of repairing the vehicle for safe operation exceeds
its fair market value; or a vehicle that has been declared a Total Loss
by an insurer or other state or jurisdiction. Some states treat Junk titles
the same as Salvage but the majority use this title to indicate that a vehicle
is not road worthy and cannot be titled again in that state.
A free VIN number check on a used
car can tell you if it has a clean title or problem title
The used car market is full of problem cars and deceptive selling practices.
We have provided an outline of many of the leading problems that used
cars often have in the car lot today. Get a Free Vin Number Check before
even considering a vehicle to see if it meets basic good car requirements.
Also get a professional mechanic to do a thorough investigation on a car
before you buy it. A Free Vin Number Check can spot some fraud, but only
a first hand mechanical review will determine the real value and usefulness
of a car.
Here are cars that you want to avoid if at all possible. It's also wise
to get a Free Vin Number Check and a a mechanics evaluation if you do
decide to buy a vehicle.
- Cars with engines that have been modified
- Sports cars with racing modifications
- Cars that have been recalled for defective parts
- Police cars, fleet cars, or taxis
- Used trucks or commercial vans
- Models that have gone completely out of production
- Any car that has been in a wreck
- Pre-1992 vehicles with defective air conditioners
- "Gray" cars or foreign vehicles
One of the main problem cars to look for are salvage titles. A salvaged
vehicle is one that's been damaged to such an extent that an owner, leasing
company, financial institution, or insurer considers it uneconomical to
repair it. Insurance companies automatically deduct 40 percent from the
value of a salvaged car, even if it's in good condition. If a DMV or NICB
(National Insurance Crime Bureau) search shows that a vehicle has been
salvaged, either have the price lowered by that amount or don't buy it.
Many salvaged cars can be dangerous to drive.
Most repairs on these types of problem cars are shoddy and short lived.
Sometimes even good repair work won't last long. For instance, although
the car may have been repaired, it's possible that the frame is bent and
less stable, that spot welds or body filler will not hold, or that the
steering is damaged. Remember, even though you may be convinced that the
restored vehicle is as good as new, you can have trouble finding a buyer
who feels the same way when the time comes for you to sell it.
By getting a free vin number check online for every vehicle you consider,
the less likely you will get stuck with a problem vehicle. You will be
able to review the title history and other information that relates to
Vin Number Check