Used Car History Report
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When buying a used car these days, you can easily check the vehicle's history before you buy your car. The AutoCheck vehicle history database contains over four-billion records collected from thousands of public and private sources on more than a half billion vehicles.
Obtaining a Report
Otherwise, one may purchase a single vehicle history report or purchase unlimited reports for 60 days. Most car dealers are also happy to run reports for free on vehicles they have for sale. Thousands of dealers buy the report and then make them available for free to potential car buyers on sites like CarsDirect.com.
Users enter the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) into the Web site to get their record summary, then buy a reports, or they can purchase a subscription for future use when they have their VINs. The database can only be accessed for vehicles that are model year 1981 and later.
What vehicle history reports contain
They typically provide information about the vehicle's title, registration and usage history. Each report shows the history for that vehicle, such as salvage or junk history; damage from hail, flood or fire; mileage discrepancies or odometer rollback; and gray market vehicles. Vehicle history reports also show lemon history; vehicles designated as rentals, taxis or fleet usage; abandoned or forfeited vehicles; records of theft; and liens that represent ownership interests or unpaid judgments. They report on accident damage when that information is provided to the database.