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Car reports can reveal:

• Flood/Fire-damage Titles
• Odometer Rollback/Rollover
• Salvage Titles/Auction
• Lemon/Rebuilt Title
• Major Accidents
• Stolen

What is a VIN?
"VIN" stands for Vehicle Identification Number. This number is a unique universal serial number issued to every car by the car manufacturer. Within the 17-digit vin number are codes that indicate the car's make and model, where the car was manufactured, a serial number, and even information about optional equipment.

Why you need a Car Report

When buying a used car, there are many ways for you to get a bad deal from your local auto dealer.

Odometer readings may be rolled back. It's illegal in most states, but its easy. It is still a common occurance in used cars.

Dealer will not or cannot show you the repair orders or identity of former owner(s).

Vehicle shipped from out-of-state or received in trade from another dealer.

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Important facts about car history and common car scams that can cost you lots of money.

Lemons: A lemon is a car that the auto manufacturer has stated has a known problem, or is one of the few cars that just never worked right. The free Lemon Database report will let you know if the car was a manufacturer buyback (lemon) and how many records if any are contained in a complete car history report. Lemons are your worse nightmare, and you'll be surprised just how many there are circulating around the used car lots.

Salvaged: A car history report can report major accident damage. A car history report will identify when a car has been totaled or even had a minor fender bender. A car will often receive a salvage or junk notation on the title from various states. This is typically called a salvage title - and it's more common than you think.

Odometer Fraud: Odometer rollback is a common scam. This can cause you to spend thousands more than a car is worth. A car can appear to be a low mileage car, when it in fact could have 100,000 more miles than indicated on the odometer. A car history report is the only way to protect you from this type of fraud. Be sure to study the car history report mileage reports for any suspicious activity.

Flooded: Floods can occur in less than an hour, totally submerging a car or truck. Water can get in the engine and transmission. Rust from floods near oceans can cause excessive rust that can severely compromises the safety of a car. Floods can also ruin the interior, causing mold to grow that you can't easily see. Insurance companies must report these cars, however resellers can edit the title and cause you to spend your hard earned money on a lemon. A car history report will uncover flood damage that has been reported to an insurance company.

Fire: There re many reason that can cause a car to catch on fire. The water used to put out even a small fire can get into the engine and interior. Many times the car has to have windows replaced and be repainted. Fire can damage important hoses and mechanical parts.

Rentals: Imagine buying a car and then finding out that it had been driven by hundreds of people? It's hard to image a car like this having much value, but rental cars are often sold for the same price as other cars. Rental cars are proven problem cars that typically have a much shorter life span than cars with identical miles. A car history report can identify cars owned by major rental companies.

Where does the Car History Report information come from? Information provided in a Car History Report comes from more than 150 sources.

These include:

Major insurance companies mandate that their insurance claims administrators report data on major damage, which is then included in car history reports.
Many major auto auctions contribute to the data, contained in car history reports.

Consumer Protection Agencies report on major recalls and auto buybacks from manufacturers. This lemon buyback data is not contained in a free car history report. Both New and Used Auto Dealers also are solicited for data which is contained in car history reports.

State Departments of Motor Vehicles contribute information, which is contained in car history reports.

Canadian Motor Vehicle Departments contribute information contained in car history reports.

In addition to the Department of Motor Vehicles occasionally other state agencies provide data to the companies who compile car history reports.
All data acquired from these sources and compiled into the car history reports meets either the federally mandated industry guidelines.

Vehicle history report. Get a free car history report online! A complete car history report will tell if a car is a lemon or salvaged.

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Benefits of a car history check

Get the best price for your used car. If you're selling to a dealer or trading in, they will definitely run a car history check before they take the car off your hands. To get the best price for your car, you should know what they're going to find out beforehand!

Private buyers will be more comfortable buying from someone who can offer them immediate proof of reliability and a clean history. Avoid having people go check out the car history themselves - you will most likely never hear from them again even if your car has a clean history. Make it easy to make a immediate decision to buy your car.

Don't get stuck with someone else's problem. If you know what the seller knows - or maybe more than the seller knows - then you're more likely to make a good decision and not be swayed by someone's smooth "pitch."

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