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  • What a VHR Reveals

    Summary: Information on a VIN Check/VHR

    You can order a vehicle history report to find important information on a vehicle you want to buy. VHRs can reveal information about past ownership information, any liens held on the vehicle, vehicle maintenance information, and any major damages. Order a vehicle history report to make sure you're buying the right car. VHRs include an auto tile search to find branded titles on a car. Free vehicle history reports are usually only available if a dealer offers them.

    VHR Elements

    Did you know? VIN Number Check

    A VIN number look up can be used by law enforcement agencies and DMVs to check if the vehicle you are buying is a stolen vehicle. Free VIN checks are usually provided by those state agencies.

    The definition of a vehicle history report (VHR), sometimes referred to as a VIN check, is all in the name―a report that gives a potential buyer information about the history of a particular vehicle. You can obtain a VHR using the vehicle's identification number (VIN). Pretty simple, right?

    At the same time, the information you receive about a vehicle's history is anything but simple, and is downright necessary today. Obtaining a VHR from our partner is a vital step to your car-buying process.

    Whether you choose to purchase a pre-owned vehicle from a dealership or a private seller, a VHR gives you the essential information you need to make a smart purchase. A VHR will include a vehicle description, and depending on the type of report, might check for other elements and problems. Advanced reports could also include a full history of the vehicle, such as whether it was ever in a flood or used as a taxi.

    Title Check/Lien Check

    The vehicle's title, often nostalgically referred to as a "pink slip," shows vehicle ownership. Although the U.S. Driver's Privacy Protection Act (DPPA) doesn't allow the names of previous owners to be revealed, a title check tells you how many owners the car had, and crucial information about abandonment, damage, and any rebuilds the vehicle has undergone.

    A title check from our partner reveals whether the vehicle you're considering has ever suffered fire or hail damage, as well as if it has been deemed salvaged, considered a total loss by an insurance company, or been rebuilt. You can also find out if the vehicle has ever been registered and titled in an area prone to storms or other severe weather conditions that cause property damage.

    When you know this information about a vehicle, it can help protect you from problems with it in the future. A salvaged or rebuilt vehicle might never give you a headache, but at least you will have the choice of knowing about it before you buy the vehicle. Purchasing a vehicle with that kind of history is your decision; yet you should at least have the option to make informed decision. An our partner title check gives you that option.

    Odometer Check

    Odometer checks can report any rolling back of the odometer, as well as whether or not the odometer is broken, and could therefore have unrecorded mileage. An odometer check from our partner can also let you know if it's possible that the vehicle actually has more mileage than the odometer is mechanically able to record.

    Car buyers are attracted to vehicles with low mileage, and unfortunately, some people will tamper with a vehicle's odometer to make it seem as if the vehicle hasn't been driven as much as it actually has. If you're under the wrong impression about the vehicle's mileage, you might not properly maintain it, which could lead to costly repairs.

    Problem Check

    A problem check is similar to a title check. You will find out if the vehicle has suffered water, frame, or any other kind of damage, as well as if the vehicle has ever been recycled, sold at a salvage auction, or used as a crash test vehicle. A VHR problem check will also disclose whether a vehicle was once a lemon and bought back by the manufacturer.

    Additional Vehicle Information

    A VHR provides additional information about a particular vehicle, including whether it was ever used as a driver education car, a taxi, or a police vehicle, or had any other government use. You can also find out if the vehicle was ever part of a fleet, leased, or rented. Want to know if it has ever been repossessed, has a lien, was ever reported stolen, or needed a duplicate or corrected title? The VIN check report will tell you.

    When you have this additional knowledge, you can make an even more informed decision. Perhaps you don't want to purchase a vehicle that was used to carry thousands of people around a city, such as a taxi. Maybe you don't want to own a van that once transferred arrested individuals and convicted criminals to and from jails and prisons. Sure, these pre-owned vehicles might come at great prices, but they might also come with a lot of mileage and history. You deserve to know.

    How to Read a Vehicle History Report

    Once you receive a VHR, you'll want to know how to decipher it. Learn to read one with our special Reading a Vehicle History Report section.