Vehicle History Guide

A car's history affects its value

Detailed CARFAX Report

Avoid buying a car with costly hidden problems.

  • Check prior accidents and damage
  • See previous owner information
  • Get the car's value with every report

Learn more about vehicle history reports and how they can help you buy or sell your car. Find out which reports to order and what to look for when reading them.

In This Section
  • How Vehicle History Data is Compiled

    Find out the resources used and the information found on a vehicle history report.

  • Reading a VHR

    Once you order a VHR, how do you decipher the information? Learn how to read the report and what information to pay attention to.

  • Stolen Vehicles & VIN Fraud

    VIN fraud can come in different forms. Learn how to do a stolen vehicle check and what to do if you think a VIN has been altered.

  • What a VIN Check Reveals

    Find out what information is on a VIN check and how running a VHR can help you buy your used car.

  • Decode the VIN

    Free VIN decoder. Learn what all the different characters in your vehicle identification number (VIN) mean with our simple guide.

  • Branded Title Glossary

    Confused by all the different vehicle title terms? Our page explains what branded titles are, the different kinds of titles issued, and why.

  • Odometer Fraud

    Get a better understanding of what odometer fraud is, how to prevent it, and how to report it.

  • Running Single or Multiple Reports

    Running single versus multiple vehicle history reports; Which is best for you?

  • Running a Report Before You Buy or Sell

    A vehicle history report is a helpful tool when buying or selling a car. Find out how a VHR can help you make or get the best deal.