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  • insurance card or policy
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  • front driver's side dash, looking through windshield
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Buying a used car can be risky. How do you know what you're getting?

- hidden accident damage?
- false odometer readings?
- flood damage?
- lemon?

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.

What is a junk title?
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
  • Old vehicles with very low mileage

  • Previously salvaged vehicles

  • Cars that have been recalled for defective parts
  • Police cars, fleet cars, or taxis
  • Used station wagons
  • Used trucks or commercial vans
  • Models that have gone completely out of production
  • Very new used cars
  • Certified lemons
  • Any car that has been in a wreck
  • Possibly stolen vehicles
  • 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 the car.

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