Knowing your vehicle’s history can be important if you plan on selling or trading it in. Additionally, if you plan on purchasing the vehicle and the seller has not provided a vehicle history report, you will want to run one to find out if there is something negative that may affect the value. A vehicle history report provides certain information about a vehicle including:
- Number of owners,
- Accident history,
- Salvage history,
- Flood or fire damage,
- Taxi or rental use,
- and a wealth of other information.
There are a number of services that provide a report for a fee, the most popular are Carfax and Autocheck. The National Motor Vehicle Title Information System (NMVTIS) also provides some information for free and reports for a nominal fee. To get a free report, visit vehiclehistory.com and enter your VIN. They provide a comprehensive report for no charge.