VinCheck.info offers a 100% free vehicle history report. How to run a free VIN check, no credit card needed? To scan data from over 268 million registered cars in the US: 1) Enter a 17-digit VIN, 2) Click Check VIN.
VinCheck.Info’s vehicle history report covers a range of topics that buyer’s need. It includes vehicle description or specs, theft/accident/damage/sales records, warranty, and other information. VinCheck.info compiles data a network of government, non-government, and auto industry sources. Access our comprehensive database to get a full vehicle history report using our free VIN check. You can also quickly decode your VIN using our Free VIN decoder tool. Don’t have the VIN? No worries. Run our free license plate lookup tool to get the same full report.
Worried about the alarming increase of flooded cars for sale? Find out if a car has been damaged by flood using our free VIN Flood Check Tool.
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Why Do I Need a Free Vehicle History Report?
VinCheck.info can help a used car buyer make an informed decision. We sift through tons of data to give you details you can use to evaluate any car:
- Vehicle Specifications:
- year of build
- technical features
- optional equipment installed, and more.
Compare and contrast the details provided to you by the seller with what the vehicle history report provides.
- Safety Ratings: (IIHS test results)
- crash-worthiness (how well does the vehicle protect its occupants in a crash)
- crash avoidance and mitigation (available technology to prevent a crash or lessen its severity)
- Market Value: the estimated average value people are paying for the same car in your area.
This is a valuable tool for finding out the car’s worth to help you negotiate for a fair price.
4. Fuel Efficiency: how far a car can travel on a specific amount of fuel.
This is important information at a time like this with unstable gas price and uncertain economy.
5. Warranty/Manufacturer Recall: warranty problems or recalls.
In most cases, dealerships offer recall repairs for free.
6. Title Records:
- Name of the state/city
- Number of times the vehicle has been registered
- Sales Records: listings of a vehicle for sale by a car dealership or a private party.
This information can help you find out the car’s price in the previous sale.
8. Lien Records: records of a claim to ownership of the vehicle by a finance company.
A lien on a vehicle means you have to pay the lien-holder first if you are going to buy it.
9. Accident Records: minor and major accidents especially those covered by a police report.
- Every year, the NHTSA reports close to six (6) million car accidents.
- In 2016, fatal vehicle crashes led to 37,461 deaths.
Some cars sustain damages so extensive they become unsafe to ride. Make sure to buy a car with reliable and safe parts for the road.
10. Theft Records: reports of theft and theft recoveries from NICB (the federal crime bureau) and industry sources.
- In 2017, the rate of motor vehicle theft was 237.4 per 100,000 of the US population.
- Of all the 773,139 cases of motor vehicle theft, 75.4 percent were cars.
Most of these stolen vehicles are resold to unsuspecting buyers. Authorities could re-posses a stolen car even if you bought it unknowingly. You won’t be able to recover the money you paid for it. A vehicle history report could point you to an active theft or recovered theft record.
11. Title Brand Checks: all potential title brands issued by state DMVs against a title.
VinCheck.info looks at 268+ million cars registered across 50 states to find any title brand linked to a VIN or license plate number. What are the potential issues involving title brands and fraudulent practices to hide a title brand?
Flood damage has become a serious problem in the United States in recent years. This has significant implications for cars owners and buyers. In 2017, Hurricane Harvey flooded an estimated half a million cars. In 2018, more water-damaged cars re-enter the used car market due to round of flooding brought by hurricanes. A car with damaged electronic wiring, mechanical system or other parts could pass inspection. However, these problems could resurface in the future. Running a VIN flood check can help you verify if a car has been flooded by Hurricane Harvey. In any case, you can run our free vehicle history report to know a car’s full story.
Odometer rollback is the tampering of the odometer to make the car appear to have a lower mileage. It leads the buyer to believe it is worth more than its actual price. Knowing the exact mileage is critical to safe driving. It can tell you if the car has reached the mileage where some of its parts require replacement. An estimated 10 percent of cars in the US have tampered odometers. More than half of these vehicles have odometers rolled back by 50,000 miles!
Salvaged vehicles are total loss vehicles damaged by flood, hail or other causes. The estimated or actual cost of repair exceeded a certain percentage of the retail value. Unscrupulous sellers hide the condition of a salvaged car through title washing. They move the vehicle to a lenient state that could issue a clean title. Branding and total loss regulations differ by state.
VIN cloning involves using the VIN from a registered car for a stolen or salvaged car of the same model and make. The car with the VIN clone is registered with the DMV in another state. Anyone who unwittingly buys a car with cloned VIN is at risk of losing the car. The buyer would owe any unpaid auto loans even if authorities seize the car for evidence. Thousands of stolen vehicles may have cloned VINs in the US. However, the government does not have the exact figures because not all cases have been discovered or reported.
Other Free Vehicle Information Sources
Get a VINCheck.Info’s free vehicle history to check for the most serious problems a car could have. Here are some free resources on a vehicle’s value, open recalls, and safety ratings:
The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB), is a non-profit organization that helps prevent insurance fraud and vehicle theft. Its Free VIN Check tool can identify if a vehicle has been reported as stolen but not recovered. It can check if a vehicle has been reported as a salvage vehicle by NICB member insurance companies. To use the free tool, visit this site and enter the VIN in the search box.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is in-charge of regulating auto industry safety standards. Its mission is to reduce accidents and fatalities across the US. NHTSA aggregates data on vehicle safety complaints, airbag deployments, odometer fraud, and vehicle recalls.Visit the NHTSA website to check for any open recalls associated with your VIN or to check your vehicle’s safety rating.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit organization funded by auto insurance companies. It aims to reduce the number of vehicle crashes, the rate of injuries, and amount of property damage. IIHS conducts its own testing program and issues its own ratings. Visit the IIHS website to check your vehicle’s rating.
The Kelly Blue Book (KBB) is a vehicle valuation and automotive research company recognized by the auto industry and consumers. It is one of the most trusted resources for determining the value of a car. Find out how much any car is worth with the Kelley Blue Book® Value.
has opened its flood-damage database free to the public for an indefinite period. Simply visit the Free CARFAX Flood Check page and enter a VIN.