Run VIN Check & Get Vehicle History | VIN Lookup https://vincheckpro.com/ VINCheckPro's VIN Check is the future of building trust between car buyers and sellers. Get started today. No strings attached! Tue, 18 Oct 2022 03:47:22 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=6.0 https://vincheckpro.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/03/favicon.gif Run VIN Check & Get Vehicle History | VIN Lookup https://vincheckpro.com/ 32 32 Dmv.org Site Review https://vincheckpro.com/guide/site-reviews/dmv-org-site-review/ https://vincheckpro.com/guide/site-reviews/dmv-org-site-review/#respond Wed, 20 Apr 2022 20:24:09 +0000 https://dev.vincheckpro.com/?p=19726 Going to the Department of Motor Vehicles is probably one of the most dreaded chores.  Lines are notoriously long, the workers are stereotyped as unyielding and rude, and the bureaucracy can be a headache.  However, since going to the DMV is a necessary evil if you plan on driving a car, DMV.org was created to help people […]

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Going to the Department of Motor Vehicles is probably one of the most dreaded chores.  Lines are notoriously long, the workers are stereotyped as unyielding and rude, and the bureaucracy can be a headache.  However, since going to the DMV is a necessary evil if you plan on driving a car, DMV.org was created to help people get the information they need to make visiting the Department of Motor Vehicles easier.  It is important to note that DMV.org is not associated with the Department of Motor Vehicles in any state, but rather is run by a private organization devoted to condensing down the information to make it easier to find.

What the Site Has To Offer

The site has information on everything that you would do at the DMV in your state – and more.  For instance, you can find out how to apply for a license as an adult or a new driver, where to go for driver’s education, and even information on truck driving schools.  If you are new to driving, you can even take an online practice test to help you to prepare for the real thing.

Under Registration and Titling, you can find all of the information you need to transfer title, register a car, renew or replace registration, and even information on registering special vehicles like motorcycles and motorhomes.  You can also find information on how to update your address or get a handicapped placard for your vehicle.

The Reports and Records section give the most information.  It will allow you to run a report on your own driving record, run a vehicle history report by VIN number, and even request birth and marriage records.  You can even look up warrants and suspended license records.

The Tickets and Violations section helps you with paying tickets, contacting lawyers, and reporting accidents.  It also gives information on getting car insurance and understanding the DMV point system.

The Insurance area lets you get quotes for various types of vehicles.  You can also learn about what insurance requirements are mandated by your state and how much coverage you need to have. 

Lastly, the Buying and Selling tab helps users who are looking to buy or sell a car.  There are guides for buying both new and used cars, as well as information on selling cars.  You can even find links to important paperwork like Release of Liability and Bill of Sale Forms.

What we loved About DMV.org

DMV.org is incredibly easy to use and has a trove of information that is useful to both the new driver and the experienced one.  It might be a little overwhelming at first, but everything is very user-friendly and clearly laid out as you dive into the finer details.  Once you are through, you can even find out information about your local DMV locations and hours.

DMV.org – The Bottom Line

If you are thinking of heading to the DMV any time soon, check out DMV.org first.  You can save yourself a couple of trips by making sure that you have everything that you need before you go.  You might even find out that you can do what you need to do online and save a trip out at all.

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Car Odometer: Revealing The Truth With A VIN Report https://vincheckpro.com/guide/odometer/car-odometer-revealing-the-truth-with-a-vin-report/ Tue, 28 Feb 2017 03:10:05 +0000 https://dev.vincheckpro.com/?p=18578 Why should you be concerned about odometer fraud?  Consider this scenario:  You decide to purchase a car you found online through a private dealer that you have never met.  With sites like Craig’s List becoming popular this is hardly an unusual scenario for a used car buyer.  You meet the owner and take the car […]

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Why should you be concerned about odometer fraud?  Consider this scenario:  You decide to purchase a car you found online through a private dealer that you have never met.  With sites like Craig’s List becoming popular this is hardly an unusual scenario for a used car buyer.  You meet the owner and take the car for a test drive.  It seems to run just fine, is clean, and everything appears to be in good shape.  It even has lower miles than you would have thought for a car its age.  You pay cash, shake hands, and walk away.

You drive along happily for several months until it happens – something goes wrong.  You take the car in to your mechanic and he gives you the bad news – the repairs to the car are going to cost more than you just spent on it.  Nonplussed, you take it to a nearby dealership thinking that you can trade it in for a newer model.  Now the other shoe drops.  As the dealership is looking over your car they discover that the odometer has been tampered with, causing it to show about 50,000 fewer miles on it than it actually has.  You now discover that not only do you have an expensive repair that costs more than you paid for the car, but that the car is actually worth significantly less than you thought.

Odometer fraud is very real and can cause significant problems for unsuspecting buyers.

Why Knowing the Mileage Is Important

Knowing the mileage on your car is an important way to not only determine its value but also determine when it might need costly repairs to keep it running smoothly.  In the used car world, the lower the mileage on a car, particularly an older model, the more valuable it is considered to be – assuming that the mileage is correct.  Keep in mind that if it sounds too good to be true, then there is a very good chance that it is too good to be true.

Most mechanics are going to base routine repairs around the mileage a car has.  Most people are familiar with changing their oil every 3,000 miles, but other routine services take it a step further:  your mechanic may do things like rotate the tires, check the brakes, replace fluids, check the engine, and similar items at set intervals.  Plus, once a car has crossed into the “high mileage” territory – usually around 100,000 miles – it will generally start needing more repairs as the parts wear out from use.

Tips for Identifying Odometer Fraud

A savvy buyer will be able to spot the telltale signs that point to odometer fraud.  Some things that you might consider watching out for:

  • Check maintenance records to see if the mileage seems to be consistent.
  • Check the condition of manual odometers.  If the numerical keys seem loose, unevenly spaced, or too freely moving then it could be a sign that the odometer has been tampered with.
  • Check the tires.  If a car has less than 20,000 miles on it, then it generally will have original tires on it.
  • Check the pedals and the clutch to see if the wear on them seems to be consistent with the odometer reading.  Ask if you can have a mechanic look the car over for wear and tear and possible needed repairs that could signal that the car has been driven more than is noted.
  • Consider the age of the car.  On average, the typical driver will drive between 10,000 and 15,000 miles per year.  So if the car is 3 years old, then you would expect between 30,000 and 45,000 miles on it.  If the mileage seems unusually low given the age of the vehicle, then it bears closer examination.
  • Get a vehicle history report.  Not only will a free VIN check give you odometer readings, it may also note if there has ever been repairs made to the odometer or previous evidence of odometer tampering.

How a Vehicle History Search Can Help

Finding out the truth behind the odometer reading is often as simple as getting a VIN report.  You can easily find free vehicle history searches online or through a dealership.  Read everything the report says when you look it over.

For starters, in most states you are required to report the odometer readings whenever a car is bought or sold, unless it meets certain exemptions.  If you notice something unusual in those numbers – like the car going for an extended period of time with little to no mileage being put on it or a more recent title transfer with a lower odometer reading than a previous one – then you might suspect odometer tampering.

Be aware of what the terms on the free vehicle history report mean.  Actual mileage is exactly what it sounds like – the actual miles that the car has been driven.  If it is noted as not actual mileage then that is a sign that the odometer is broken, has been replaced or repaired, or is unknown.  The phrase “exceeds mileage limits” applies to older vehicles with a manual odometer.  After a certain point the odometer will roll over to zero.  Newer cars with electrical odometers do not have this problem, though they can still be tampered with to change the reading.

Look for any notices of odometer adjustment.  Not only should this be noted in the vehicle history search, but it should also be noted on the title and on the car.  The repair shop is required to sticker a car that has had the odometer changed for any reason.

Don’t lose out because you bought a car with fudged mileage.  A vehicle history report can easily allow you to see the truth behind what the odometer says.

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Nadaguides.com Site Review https://vincheckpro.com/guide/site-reviews/nadaguides-site-review/ Mon, 02 Jan 2017 06:48:31 +0000 https://dev.vincheckpro.com/?p=18647 When shopping for a car online, it is important to have all the right information.  If you are new to buying a car, then the National Automobile Dealers Association, or NADA, is a treasure trove of information.  For used car buyers, NADAGuides.com has a wealth of information that you can use. Find the Right Price […]

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When shopping for a car online, it is important to have all the right information.  If you are new to buying a car, then the National Automobile Dealers Association, or NADA, is a treasure trove of information.  For used car buyers, NADAGuides.com has a wealth of information that you can use.

NADAGuides.com

Find the Right Price

It does not matter if you are buying or selling, but price is one of the most important considerations when looking at a used car.  Buyers do not want to overpay, and sellers want to make sure that they are getting the best price possible.  Pricing information can also be very useful when you are creating a budget for your new car.  NADAGuides.com gives you all the pricing and valuation information that you need to get the right price.

Research the Options

NADAGuides.com is great for the new buyer who is unsure of what they are looking for.  Their Car Research Center allows users to find out more information about the type of car that is right for them.  Visitors to the site can get help with selecting a car, building a new car, and even comparing different cars side by side.  NADAGuides.com even helps you to research the incentives and rebates that are available when buying a new car.

Still not sure what car is right for you?  Then you might consider reading over the review section of the website.  Reviews will give you a more in depth look at various vehicles, broken down by make, model, and year.

Can You Afford It?

For many people, buying a car is as much of a financial decision as it is an emotional one.  While the looks of a vehicle may steal your breath away, knowing what you are getting into financially will insure that you and the car stay together for some time.  Using the Cost to Own feature at NADAGuides.com will allow you to see the 5-year cost to owning the car, including depreciation, taxes, financing fees, and more.  You can even calculate what your monthly payments will look like.

Ready to Buy?

If you think that you have found the car of your dreams, NADAGuides.com can help you to make that dream a reality.  You can use the link to AutoTrader.com to find new and used cars for sale in your area.  You can even get a free dealer price quote for cars at dealerships.  If you prefer a private seller, be sure to utilize the free VIN Search to look into the vehicle’s history report before you make an offer.

Learn More about Car Ownership

Even if you are not ready to make the commitment to buy or lease a vehicle at this time, NADAGuides.com offers numerous car articles giving you tips and advice for buying, selling, leasing, or simply owning your car.  Whether you want to know more about financing or want to make sure that you maintain your car’s value as long as possible, you will find the information that you need at the Research Center.

What We Did Not Like

Navigating NADAGuides.com can be a bit tricky at times.  Many of the links lead to pages that look similar unless you continue to click through.  We also found several dead links that did not lead to the information we were looking for.  Be sure to have patience to sit down and read the fine print to find the information you need.

Bottom Line

NADAGuides.com has a wealth of information for any car buyer.  Once you understand navigating the website, you can find everything that you need to know to make buying or selling a car easier.

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Decoding: One Step Closer To Learning A Car’s History https://vincheckpro.com/guide/vin-check/vin-decoding-one-step-closer-to-learning-a-cars-history/ Mon, 12 Dec 2016 02:32:30 +0000 https://dev.vincheckpro.com/?p=18542 Do you know what a car’s VIN code is? Knowing it allows you to do some simple research called VIN decoding. It may sound like some pretty boring stuff but a VIN code provides so much information it’s worth taking the time to learn what it’s all about. What is a VIN? Let’s begin with […]

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Do you know what a car’s VIN code is? Knowing it allows you to do some simple research called VIN decoding. It may sound like some pretty boring stuff but a VIN code provides so much information it’s worth taking the time to learn what it’s all about.

What is a VIN

What is a VIN?

Let’s begin with a quick explanation. A VIN is a car’s Vehicle Identification Number. Every car and truck must be assigned a VIN number at the time its manufactured. The VIN may look like a jumbled mess of letters and numbers but it is the definitive tell-all from your favorite gossip magazine explaining all you need to know about a car. And this is the very ID number you as a potential buyer can use to generate a free VIN check for every car.

What can a car’s VIN tell you?

You may be wondering how a 17 character VIN can check a car’s history. It does so by digging into Department of Motor Vehicle records, showing you potential problems, such as an unresolved recall. But it goes even further. It provides odometer readings that you can use to cross check its accuracy and lets you know how many times a car was bought and sold. In other words, a treasure trove of information digging into a car’s past. And that’s why the information is so valuable to you, the buyer.

As mentioned above, the VIN itself is made up of 17 characters. Let’s quickly explain what the letters and numbers mean.

Decoding the VIN

The first character tells you the country of origin or, in other words, where a vehicle was built. The second and third characters reference the vehicle manufacturer. Along with the eighth character, the second, third characters can also help you identify a flexible fuel vehicle.

The fourth and eighth characters provide the basics of what the car is, such as the brand, the engine size and type of vehicle. The ninth character assures you the car was authorized by the manufacturer, with the tenth character telling you the model year. Which plant assembled a vehicle is denoted by the eleventh character. The final six characters is the vehicle’s serial number.

What if a VIN is less than 17 characters?

As you shop for used cars, you may run across cars with fewer than 17 characters in its VIN.  Interestingly enough, not all cars have a 17-character VIN. These are usually cars that pre-date 1981. Today’s VIN decoding tools are not capable of providing much information about cars that were manufactured before 1981.

Today, car’s this old are typically considered classics. The cars themselves from this era may not be as desirable as a late 60s muscle car. So as a buyer, a vehicle history report comes from your research. Work not only with a reputable seller but a seller who cared for the car. Which means they should have service and repair records, in addition to a list of any modifications they made that are not stock.

Where do I find a car’s VIN?

There are two places on a vehicle to find its VIN and that’s on the driver’s side at the base of the B-pillar and on the dash.

The B-pillar is where the door latches and locks shut. Open the driver’s side door and look down at the base of the pillar. You should find the VIN stamped on a thin metal plate.

The second and more common place to find a car’s VIN is on the dash, where it and the windshield meet. The easiest way to see it is by standing outside of the car on the driver’s side and looking at the dash through the windshield. You should see a small metal plate with the VIN stamped on it.

Learning how to decode a VIN can be invaluable when you are in the market for a used car. It can dig up a treasure trove of information that will help you make a smart buying decision. And smart buying gets you a car you can count on for miles of enjoyable driving.

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Smartest Used Cars To Buy – And Which Models Depreciate Most https://vincheckpro.com/guide/car-tips/smartest-used-cars-to-buy-and-which-models-depreciate-most Tue, 06 Dec 2016 04:21:49 +0000 https://dev.vincheckpro.com/?p=18605 Even with their original five-star safety crash ratings, how safe are used cars?  With the rash of recalls on late models, many drivers are conducting a free VIN check and wondering if they should be getting into pre-owned vehicles.   To make matters worse, in a recent Auto Trader Market Report for September, the used car […]

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Even with their original five-star safety crash ratings, how safe are used cars?  With the rash of recalls on late models, many drivers are conducting a free VIN check and wondering if they should be getting into pre-owned vehicles.  

To make matters worse, in a recent Auto Trader Market Report for September, the used car industry ranks the lowest in trust for the 12 major economic industries amongst surveyed consumers in the UK.  The most important factor, polling in at 76%, was price transparency.  

In addition to running a free VIN number check to unveil the documented accidents, recalls, and life of a used car, there are several measures you can take to check the safety of the vehicle: 

  • Inspect the body for any signs of damage or an accident
  • Look at the glass windows and mirrors for any cracks or chips
  • Check the tires and the tread’s wear and tear
  • Test the car’s suspension
  • Hire a certified mechanic to inspect and run system tests

To Buy New or Not to Buy?

On the other hand, purchasing a new car comes with its disadvantages: specifically financial.  According to an iSeeCars.com study of 14 million used and new car transactions, some new cars can depreciate a third of more of their value in just 12 months. 

From a financial standpoint, these cars are terrible to purchase new – but on the flip coin, they make excellent buys as used cars because much of the value has depreciated in such a short span. 

The 15 worst cars to purchase new, in terms losing the most value within just a 12-month span, are: 

  1. Fiat 500L (loses 34.6% of value or $8,096) 
  2. Lincoln MKS (loses 34.5% of value or $16,039)
  3. Volvo S60 (loses 34.4% of value or $14,204)
  4. Kia Cadenza (loses 34.3% o value or $12,940)
  5. Mercedes Benz C250 (loses 34.3% of value or $15,247)
  6. Nissan Maxima (loses 34% of value or $12,469)
  7. Lincoln MKZ/MKZ Hybrid (loses 33.8% of value or $14,177)
  8. Jaguar XF (loses 32.3% of value or $19,966)
  9. Fiat 500 (loses 31.9% of value or $11,106)
  10. Cadillac ATS (loses 31.8% of value or $6,099)
  11. Chrysler 300 (loses 31.7% of value or $13,351)
  12. Buick Regal (loses 31.2% of value or $11,525)

These are also, therefore, the 12 best cars to buy used after a year because of the tremendous savings you’ll receive from their depreciation. 

Trucks and SUVs maintain their new vehicle value well, as evidenced in a free VIN check, losing about 8% to 10% of their initial value in the first 12 months.  Other sedans that maintain their new car value well are the Honda Fit and the Subaru WRX and Impreza, subcompact and compact cars respectively. 

The decision of purchasing a used car is not to be taken lightly, but with a free VIN number check, you can have peace of mind about the car’s history – and knowing that you’ve saved tens of thousands of dollars!    

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Your Car Safe? 30 Years Of Recall Stats Revealed https://vincheckpro.com/guide/vehicle-recalls/is-your-car-safe-30-years-of-recall-stats-revealed/ Tue, 29 Nov 2016 09:08:22 +0000 https://dev.vincheckpro.com/?p=18689 The automobile industry is staggering in a year of record recalls across 14 car manufacturers – with even more recalls rolling out each month. Most significantly this year has been the massive Takata airbag recall initiated by the National Highway and Transportation Safety Authority (NHTSA), which started with 28.8 million airbags and then another 40 […]

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The automobile industry is staggering in a year of record recalls across 14 car manufacturers – with even more recalls rolling out each month. Most significantly this year has been the massive Takata airbag recall initiated by the National Highway and Transportation Safety Authority (NHTSA), which started with 28.8 million airbags and then another 40 million added to the recall list, mostly for cars made from 2002 through 2015. Throughout summer, more than 2.5 million more automobiles by Audi, BMW, General Motors, Jaguar / Land Rover, and Mercedes-Benz were added to the recall list, with Mitsubishi, Toyota, Volkswagen, Mazda, Honda, Acura, and Fiat Chrysler announcing anticipated future recalls as well. Worldwide, more than 100 million vehicles have been impacted!  A VIN number check at safecar.gov will show if your car is part of any of these recalls.

Is Your Car Safe? 30 Years of Recall Stats Revealed

The source of the Takata airbag malfunction was the inflator, which has exploded violently in certain cases, propelling metal shards from the cartridge throughout the car cabin.   The source of the problem has been the lack of a chemical drying agent for the use of the ammonium nitrate-based propellant that deploys the airbag.  Over time, given environmental conditions, the airbags may not properly inflate, and worse, blast metal shrapnel into the cabin of the car upon impact. 

In the United States, 10 fatalities and more than 100 people have been injured.   The frontal airbags on the both the driver and passenger’s sides were impacted, prompting the NHTSA to call this “the largest and most complex safety recall in US history.”  

GM’s 4 Million Recalls and More Airbag Malfunctions

Stemming from a software malfunction impacting the safety of deployed airbags, 4.3 million autos have been voluntarily recalled across GM’s entire family brand, including Buick, Chevrolet, GMC, and Cadillac.  Thus far, one fatality and three injuries have been connected to the recall, when the airbag did not inflate properly.  The malfunction stems from the car’s diagnostic and sensing module, which erroneously goes into test mode, and thus, prevents the front air bags from inflating.  This software failure can also impact the seat belts.  

Visit safecar.gov for a free VIN Number check that will lookup if your vehicle is included in the mass recall.  The fix will be a software upgrade at your local dealership, and the models impacted are:

  • 2014-2016 Buick Lacrosse, Chevrolet SS, Chevrolet Spark EV
  • 2014-2017 Buick Encore, GMC Sierra 1500, Chevrolet Corvette, Chevrolet Trax, Chevrolet Caprice police car, Chevrolet Silverado 1500
  • 2015-2017 Chevrolet Tahoe, Chevrolet Suburban, Chevrolet Silverado HD, GMC Yukon, GMC Yukon XL, GMC Sierra HD, Cadillac Escalade, Cadillac Escalade ESV

The last time GM conducted such a mass recall was in 2014, when more than 2.5 million cars were recalled because of faulty ignition that impacted the safety of their Takata airbags.

Nissan’s Recalls for Leaking Brake Fluid

Nissan has recalled 134,000 vehicles due to leaky brake fluid, which can ignite a fire from causing electrical short circuits.  There have been no reported injuries, but the precautionary recall includes the following models:

  • 2016-2017 Maxima sedans with intelligent cruise control
  • 2015 – 2017 Murano crossovers with intelligent cruise control
  • 2015-2016 Murano Hybrids

Check the VIN number of your car at safercar.gov to determine if your vehicle is part of the recall, and if so, Nissan advises that you park your cars outside until the issue is resolved.  After you start your engine, if your ABS light remains on for more than 10 seconds, then your antilock brake pumps leaks and is part of the national recall.   

Mazda’s Recall on Late Models

Mazda recalled more than 2 million of their vehicles because of dangerous rear hatches.  The corrosion protection coating applied to the rear latch system was not effective, thus encouraging corrosion and breakage of the rear latch.   The Mazda recall involves the following models, whose rear lift supports will be replaced, and you can check your VIN number at safercar.gov to see if your specific automobile is impacted:   

  • 2010 – 2013 Mazda 3 compact cars
  • 2012 – 2015 Mazda 5 vans
  • 2013 – 2016 CX-5
  • 2016 CX-3 SUVs

The historical records set in this year of recalls has been astounding, stretching across all the brands and price points.   It’s more imperative than ever to check your VIN number to determine if your vehicle requires repairs to keep you and your family safe.

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Who Owned Your Car Before You? https://vincheckpro.com/guide/vin-check/who-owned-your-car-before-you/ Mon, 28 Nov 2016 02:33:54 +0000 https://dev.vincheckpro.com/?p=18544 If you have even thought about shopping for a new car, chances are you have come across advertising for free VIN check and services.  While finding out who owned your car before you might sound interesting, it may also be difficult.  Privacy laws prevent certain information from being given out to the public. What a […]

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If you have even thought about shopping for a new car, chances are you have come across advertising for free VIN check and services.  While finding out who owned your car before you might sound interesting, it may also be difficult.  Privacy laws prevent certain information from being given out to the public.

Who Owned Your Car Before You?

What a VIN Search Can Show You

There are certain amounts of information that a VIN search or vehicle history report can bring up.  This information is very important, particularly for the resale value of the car.  Depending on the type of search that is done, your report might show information such as:

  • Information about the title – Your free VIN check may show information as to whether the car now has a junk or salvage title, indicating a severe accident or damage in its earlier history.
  • Number of titles – Amongst other things, every time a car changes hands, it is noted on the title.  Knowing how many titles have been taken out on the car would give you an idea of how many possible prior owners there were.
  • States where titles were issued – Your car may have been driven in other states prior to coming to you.  A VIN search can let you know what states in which it had a registration or reported title.  Not only can this make it easier to trace the history of the car, but it can give you an idea as to what types of weather and driving conditions it might have been exposed to (for example, a person driving in Maine will have exposed the car to much different conditions than someone driving in Florida).
  • Junk information from other sources – Even if your free VIN number check doesn’t show a salvaged title, it may show that the car was bought or sold at an auction or junkyard during its history.
  • Odometer problems – If the vehicle was reported to the Department of Motor Vehicles as having an odometer problem, such as a broken odometer or an odometer that has been rolled back, this may be noted on your report.  Knowing whether or not the mileage on your car is accurate can be an important consideration, particularly during resale.
  • Lemon status – If a car has ever been reported as a lemon (that is, having a serious issue that required numerous repairs and took the car out of service for an extended amount of time), the VIN check may show this information.
  • Insurance information – While you won’t be able to tell exactly what type of insurance claims a vehicle has experienced, your history report will show if the vehicle was ever reported as a total loss.  In these cases, it is also likely that the car would have a salvage or junk title as well.
  • Auctions – If the car was ever bought or sold at an auto auction, it would come up in a vehicle history report.
  • Accidents – If the car was in an accident or taken damage, and this was reported to the police or the insurance company, it will show up under a VIN number lookup.  However, not all drivers report all accidents, so having a clean report does not necessarily mean that the car was never in an accident.  These reports can also tell you if the airbag was deployed as a result of the accident.
  • Mileage – Ever wonder if that low mileage car is really low mileage, or if a previous owner tampered with the odometer?  The history report will show odometer readings that have been reported, allowing you to look for inconsistencies.
  • Service records – Some mechanics will report when they have done work on the car, and those records can show up on your report.  Be aware that like other information, it may or may not be complete, depending on if work was reported.
  • Inspection results and warranty contracts – If your state requires emission inspections or reporting of warranty and service contracts, then these may show up on your report as well.

Information that Might be Protected

While there is a wide variety of information that can be accessed by free VIN check, you may not have access to everything that you are looking for.  The Freedom of Information Act, while giving you access to certain public records, also works to protect private information from individuals.  If your request asks for information that is covered in one of the exemptions, then it will come back with a note stating that it is protected information and the exemption it falls under. 

The exemptions include:

  • Exemption 1 applies to classified information, particularly those that would be considered in the interest of national defense or foreign policy.  Properly classified information will remain classified, and the agencies may neither confirm nor deny their existence if it is thought that doing so could compromise national security.
  • Exemption 2 applies to the internal rules and practices of any agency, particularly those that are so minor and routine that the public would have no interest in them and to protect law enforcement manuals.
  • Exemption 3 covers anything that is exempted by another statute.
  • Exemption 4 covers confidential business information, or trade secrets.  This information has to either impair the government’s ability to obtain future information or cause harm to the competitive position of the person or company.
  • Exemption 5 covers internal government communications, such as memos and letters, which would not normally be available by law.  It is the most complex of the exemptions and includes executive privilege, attorney work-product privilege, and attorney-client privilege.
  • Exemption 6 is the one that will most likely cover information about previous owners of your vehicle, and it covers personnel and medical files and similar files that would be considered an invasion of personal privacy.  Because of these exemptions, you may not be able to gather personal information about a previous owner.
  • Exemption 7 covers law enforcement records, specifically those where the disclosure would compromise law enforcement proceedings, prevent someone from having a fair trial, would constitute an invasion of privacy, would give away information to a confidential source, would disclose information regarding the operations of law enforcement as covered in the second exemption, or would endanger the life or safety of an individual.
  • Exemption 8 covers bank and financial institution records.
  • Exemption 9 covers geological and geophysical information related to oil wells.

In some cases, you may still be able to get the information that is exempted under the Freedom of Information Act if the person or agency it pertains to allows it.  However, these exemptions can also make it difficult to do a free VIN check for the purposes of finding an original owner.  Be prepared that you may need to do some groundwork to find out the information that you seek.

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What Is The NMVTIS? https://vincheckpro.com/guide/site-reviews/what-is-the-nmvtis/ Mon, 21 Nov 2016 06:50:55 +0000 https://dev.vincheckpro.com/?p=18649 If you have been shopping for a car, then chances are you have come across the acronym NMVTIS.  But what does this mean?  NMVTIS stands for National Motor Vehicle Title Information System.  This information system uses participating state motor vehicle registries to allow public access to information reported by insurance carriers, junk yards, and similar […]

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If you have been shopping for a car, then chances are you have come across the acronym NMVTIS.  But what does this mean?  NMVTIS stands for National Motor Vehicle Title Information System.  This information system uses participating state motor vehicle registries to allow public access to information reported by insurance carriers, junk yards, and similar organizations.  Nearly 90% of U.S. DMV data is represented by the NMVTIS; it is one way that you can get a car history report on your own.

National Motor Vehicle Title Information System

Why NMVTIS Was Created

With so many various fraud and criminal schemes centering on cars, the NMVTIS was created to help protect consumers.  By preventing stolen vehicles from being sold and helping to identify fraud scenarios, law enforcement can reduce the number of stolen vehicles being sold to the unsuspecting public.  If you are an entity that is mandated to report and does not, then you could be subject to a hefty fine per violation.

What Information Is Included In a Vehicle History Report?

NMVTIS includes information on all types of motor vehicles, including cars, buses, motorcycles, recreational vehicles, and others.  Commercial vehicles may or may not be included depending on how the state handles those records.  If you purchase a NVMTIS vehicle history report, it will include the following information:

  • Title data for the current and previous state, including issue date
  • The latest odometer data reported
  • Brand assigned to the vehicle
  • Theft and salvage histories

Reports are purchased through an approved service provider for costs ranging from roughly $3-13 per report.  The Anti-Car Theft Act prohibits the use of federal funds to pay for NMVTIS, so all reports are paid for by user-fees.

How Information Is Reported

Each state reports data and title information to the NMVTIS.  Depending on the setup, this information can be sent in real-time, or it can be sent as a batch.  Batch information is uploaded on a daily basis to keep information as up-to-date as possible.  Besides reporting to the state, states can also receive real-time reports from NMVTIS whenever a vehicle from their state is retitled in another state.  This allows government agencies to keep a close eye on potential fraud scenarios.

How does NMVTIS Differ from Other Vehicle History Reports?

If you have been looking for a way to get a free vehicle history report, then you have likely seen that there are several options.  Some advantages to the NMVTIS are that it is updated as agencies report the information.  The information is also sent in a specific format, making it reliable and easy to use.  On the downside, the NMVTIS does not include some information that other car history reports do, such as repair records.  If you are considering buying a used car, then it is advisable to get both reports.  You can also contact the current state motor vehicle titling agency to get more specific state records for the vehicle in question.

It is important to note that while the majority of states are reporting fully to NMVTIS and all states are reporting to some extent, not all offices have fully developed the capacity to provide NMVTIS with all of the information.  You can check the participation map on the NMVTIS website to see if your area is participating.  For those areas not yet participating, records can be accessed through private vehicle history reports or by contacting the state office directly.

NMVTIS participation map

Keep in mind that due to privacy laws, no personal identification is made available through NMVTIS.  If you are trying to find information about previous owners of the car, then you would have to contact the state directly to see if they permit the release of such information.

How to Read an NMVTIS Report

When you receive your NMVTIS report, there are five major areas of information.  These areas are considered to be key indicators of possible fraud or theft.

  1. The first part of information is the current state of the title.  This allows tracking for theft and fraud purchases.  For instance, if the car is registered in California and you live in Maine, you would not only need to update the title for the current state, but it would be worthwhile to question the cross-country move.
  2. The second part of the information is brand history.  This is not the identifier like “Ford” or “Honda,” but rather descriptive labels used to identify the car.  These labels are given by the titling agency and include special titles like junk, salvage, or flood.  For people interested in purchasing a used car, these special brands can be a huge red flag that the vehicle could have major damage and will be worth way below market value for the age and mileage.  Buyers should also be aware that if repairs to these vehicles were neglected or improperly done, the vehicle may not pass inspections and may not even be safe to drive.
  3. The third part of the information is the odometer reading.  While this seems like a simple enough number, the odometer reading can impart a lot of information to buyers.  For starters, odometer readings are used to help put a price tag on the car.  Higher-mileage vehicles are generally worth less than lower-mileage ones.  Inconsistent odometer readings can also be a red flag for odometer tampering and other types of used car fraud.
  4. The fourth part of the information is the total loss history.  Sometimes, a car is in an accident that is severe enough that the costs of repairing the car would be more than what the car is actually worth.  In these cases, the insurance company will “total” the car and send the owner a check to cover the value.  In special instances, an owner may be able to buy back their previous vehicle with a salvage or junk branding on it.  However, these cars are likely to pose a safety risk and may not be safe for driving. 
  5. The last part of the information includes the salvage history.  Salvage titles are given after a car is deemed to be a total loss.  Depending on the state, these cars may not be street legal and are generally considered to be unsafe for driving.  Consumers are strongly discouraged from purchasing a salvage titled vehicle.

NMVTIS can help law enforcement to stop theft and fraud.  It can also help to protect consumers and prevent them from buying cars that would be either unsafe or overly expensive to operate in the future.  If you are considering buying a used car, then you should get a NMVTIS report as part of your research on the vehicle, in addition to any free vehicle VIN check offered by the seller or dealer.  That way, you will have the most information to make the informed decision as to which car is best for you.

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Recall: Defective Sunroofs Continue To Plague Hyundai https://vincheckpro.com/guide/vehicle-recalls/vin-check-will-reveal-unrepaired-recalls/ Wed, 16 Nov 2016 09:09:40 +0000 https://dev.vincheckpro.com/?p=18691 Hyundai will be notifying nearly 63,00 owners of 2015 and 2016 Hyundai Sonata’s about a recall soon. The recall affects vehicles with the panoramic glass sunroof when a fault was discovered after assembly. The recall will include both gasoline and hybrid models. If you are concerned your car may be part of the recall, a […]

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Hyundai will be notifying nearly 63,00 owners of 2015 and 2016 Hyundai Sonata’s about a recall soon. The recall affects vehicles with the panoramic glass sunroof when a fault was discovered after assembly. The recall will include both gasoline and hybrid models. If you are concerned your car may be part of the recall, a quick VIN check will provide the details.

The manufacturer discovered a wind deflector anchor plate did not bond correctly at the time of installation at the factory and can work its way loose. If this happens, it can interfere with the sunroof when it’s closing. If the owner decides to try to force it closed, that beautiful glass panel can pop off. As you might imagine, flying glass in traffic would be a bad idea.

According to Hyundai, there have been no reports of accidents, damage or injuries but to be safe, have asked for a recall to be issued. If you are shopping for a used car, ask the dealer to provide a free VIN check.

Hyundai Recall

A troubled past for Hyundai

Unfortunately for Hyundai owners, this problem is nothing new. Hyundai has a history of problem sunroofs, including panels shattering and raining shards of glass all over the inside of the car.

In 2015, Hyundai owner Billy Glenn filed a lawsuit after the sunroof in his 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport exploded shortly after purchasing the car. Glenn alleged in his lawsuit that Hyundai was aware of the problem but didn’t do anything to correct it.

Shattering sunroofs date back to December 2012 when the Hyundai Veloster was recalled for the same problem, complete with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration opening an investigation.

Panoramic views or costly option?

Let’s take a moment and play devil’s advocate. Yes, panoramic sunroofs look great but do you need it? Car manufacturers are happy to include a feature such as sunroofs because it increases the cost of the car. But there are additional factors to consider as well.

The inside of your car will get even hotter

First, there’s the sun. The summer months can turn the interior of your car into an oven. Now consider the same weather conditions in a vehicle with a large panoramic sunroof. The car will be downright inhospitable. Car manufacturers usually include a sun shade that can be pulled back to help block the sun but even those don’t help much with high daytime temperatures.

Less room inside your car

Second, you will have less head room inside the car. Believe it or not, with all of the hardware needed for the installation of the glass, it actually reduces interior space. Make sure you test drive a car with a panoramic sunroof before making any purchase decision.

Heavier car equals poor handling

Third, is the additional weight. A large swath of glass, a sunshade, the additional structural material needed to strengthen the car, electric motors…you get the idea. It all adds up and makes the car heavier. This can impact gas mileage.

Plus, it’s always better for the heavier parts of a car to be as near to the road surface as possible. The additional weight on the upper part of the car will impact how your car handles. In addition, all the extra hardware can create potential problems and reliability issues over the long term.

A VIN check can help root out unrepaired recalls

Take a long look at the car models you are considering and the features available. Hyundai’s past history is an excellent example of why used car buyers should take advantage of a VIN check service like VIN Check Pro. With a simple search, buyers can find out if a car they are interested in buying has any outstanding recalls. And help you make a safe purchasing decision.

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Millennials And Penny Pinchers: How To Buy Smart When Car Shopping https://vincheckpro.com/guide/car-tips/how-penny-pinchers-can-buy-smart-when-car-shopping/ Wed, 16 Nov 2016 04:31:53 +0000 https://dev.vincheckpro.com/?p=18608 The prevailing attitude in today’s car market is that young buyers are not visiting showrooms, let alone buying cars. Young professionals are still struggling to land their ideal job following graduation. With that is a reluctance to take on even more debt, especially when you consider the college loan’s they are now paying on a […]

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The prevailing attitude in today’s car market is that young buyers are not visiting showrooms, let alone buying cars. Young professionals are still struggling to land their ideal job following graduation. With that is a reluctance to take on even more debt, especially when you consider the college loan’s they are now paying on a monthly basis. But the tide may be shifting. With the help of today’s internet-based technology, Millennials are taking advantage of free VIN check and carfax services, as demonstrated by their incredible growth, to find the cars that appeal to them most.

The Great Recession

Over time, the market has been slowly recovering, as increases in car sales have been on an upswing and young buyers are now considering car purchases. The Great Recession had an impact on car buying, the job market and economic stability in general. So, with a budget in mind, here’s a few car facts and a simple buying guide to keep in mind.

Buying used saves you money

One of the most important advice anyone can give a new car buyer is to consider buying used. Pre-owned cars are substantially less money than a comparable new car. And the reason for that is depreciation. Almost no one has the guts to say this but buying a car is one of the worst investments you will make. A car depreciates in value once it is driven off the lot. And continues to lose value each year even though the car payment remains the same.

Buying used keeps you from being shackled with the depreciation. Let someone else take on that responsibility. You can buy a three, four or five-year-old car for substantially less with low miles and great reliability. And as a buyer, you take advantage of a free VIN number search to get the most information about a car you are considering buying and what brands are the most reliable.

What is the cost of ownership?

In addition to a monthly payment, there are always additional hits to your wallet to consider before buying a car. These are commonly referred to as the cost of ownership.

First and foremost, if you can pay cash for a car, you are leaps ahead of many other drivers in managing your costs. Not many college grads have the cash on hand to buy a car so lacking a generous relative, a car purchase needs to be financed through your bank or credit union.

Hopefully you have done a good job of managing your credit. Keeping your credit clean and your score high will need to be the subject of a future article. But to put it simply, avoid taking on unnecessary debt and make payments on time. If you are smart about it, you will be rewarded with low interest rates and low payments, just what you need when it comes time to purchase a car.

What will it cost to insure?

Included in the cost of ownership is paying for car insurance Before making a car purchase, check costs with your insurance company. Some manufacturers and models cost more to insure. Make sure your monthly budget for a car includes the cost to insure it.

Are maintenance costs affordable?

The upside to buying new is the new car warranty and maintenance plans. Some dealers are even offering maintenance agreements as another way to entice potential buyers onto their lots. But we’re trying to save money by avoiding a new car. So, do a little research and see what brands and models are reliable. And you can even check with your peers about the cars they drive and find out what’s been reliable for them. A car that is easy to take care of will pay off in the long run.

And then there’s regular maintenance. Again, some brands and models are inherently more expensive to maintain. New car buyers feel obligated to take their car to the dealer for service and repairs. But since you are buying used, you can use a competent independent shop for service and save some money in the process.

There is nothing wrong with the idea of cutting costs. When car shopping, take your time and do not allow anyone to take advantage of you, whether it be at a dealer, repair shop or insurance agency. Use a VIN check or a free VIN decoder service like VINCheckPro.com to get all details about the cars you are considering buying. The information you find can save you a lot of money and make you a happier car owner.

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