What is My Car History?

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How do I check the history of my car? Sometimes your car may have been handed down from a family member where you may not know the entire history, or you never ran a VIN check before you purchased. 

Your car and you may be unaware of previous mechanical issues. Usually this question also comes up when you are looking to buy a used car.

The first thought is to bring it to a automotive technician. Although this is a great idea, save yourself and your mechanic the time and by running a simple vehicle history report first, or better yet have the seller give you a vehicle history report of their vehicle.

The report will tell you quickly and concisely whether or not this car is worth buying in the first place. 

What most people are searching for when they run a VIN check on a used car is hidden problems.

Tapping into DMV records, the VIN Number search may pick up problems such as persistent mechanical failure, salvage, insurance loss, water, fire or hail damage, stolen vehicle, odometer rollback and many other issues.

The VIN check gives you peace of mind when purchasing a used car...you can find out instantaneously which ones are clean, and which ones you should avoid.

After VIN research, spend a few more minutes on a free vehicle recall website.

To make the entire research process easy for you, we've broken down what you need to do to get started so all of the guesswork is gone:

1. Get the vehicle identification number (VIN) from the current car owner

2. Go to a trusted resource for vehicle history reports

3. Purchase report & look for red flags: major accidents, odometer tampering, water/fire damage, and salvage.

4. If you see a major problem, move on to another car

5. Vehicle Recall Research

Here are a few sources for research: