Free Vehicle History
VinCheck.info provides an absolutely free vehicle history report, no credit card needed! Simply enter a 17-digit VIN to run a VIN check based on data from over 268 million registered cars in the United States.
VinCheck.Info’s vehicle history report covers vehicle specifications, thefts, recalls, accidents, sales, title brands, flood damage and more. This information is compiled by VinCheck.info from a vast network of sources including government agencies, non-government organizations, and the automotive industry. Access our comprehensive database to get a full vehicle history report using our free VIN check. Don’t have the VIN? Simply run our free license plate lookup to get the same full report.
Worried about the alarming increase of previously flooded cars in the used market? Run our free VIN Flood Check Tool to verify the likelihood that a car has been damaged by flood.
Why Do I Need VinCheck.info’s Free Vehicle History Report?
VinCheck.info’s free vehicle history report can help you make an informed decision when buying a used car. We sift through very large amounts of vehicle data to find useful information below to help you evaluate any car:
Vehicle Specifications refer to specific details about the car including the year it was built, color, technical specifications, optional equipment installed, and more. Compare and contrast the details provided to you by the seller with what the vehicle history report provides.
Safety Rating refers to IIHS test results on how well a vehicle protects its occupants in a crash (crashworthiness) and the availability of technology that can prevent a crash or lessen its severity (crash avoidance and mitigation). Safety rating is an important consideration whether you’re buying a new car or a used car.
Market Value shows 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.
Fuel Efficiency refers to how far a car can travel on a specific amount of fuel. With unstable gas prices and uncertain economy, it is very important to make sure you know how much gas your car is consuming.
Warranty/Manufacturer Recall refers to warranty problems or recalls associated with a vehicle. In most cases, recalls can be repaired free of charge at the dealership.
Title Records show the number of times the vehicle has been registered and where.
Sales Records refer to listings of a vehicle for sale by a car dealership or a private party. You may want to know whether the car has been sold before and how much it was offered for sale.
Lien Records refer to 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.
Accident Records identifies minor and major accidents especially those that are associated with a police report.
Every year, approximately six (6) million automobile accidents are reported by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). In 2016, fatal vehicle crashes resulted in 37,461 deaths. In some cases, especially in fatal crashes, the cars involved may sustain damages so extensive that the vehicles become unsafe to ride. You would want to know if the car you are buying was involved in an accident that could render some of its parts unsafe on the road.
Theft Records include reports of theft and theft recoveries based on data from the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) and other industry sources.
In 2017, the estimated rate of motor vehicle theft was 237.4 per 100,000 inhabitants in the United States. Of all the 773,139 cases of motor vehicle theft, 75.4 percent were automobiles. Most of these stolen vehicles are resold to unsuspecting buyers. Even if you buy a stolen car unknowingly, your car would be repossesed and 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 previously recovered theft record.
Title Brands Checks cover all potential title brands issued by state DMVs against a title. VinCheck.info looks at over 268 million cars registered across 50 states to find any branding associated with a VIN or license plate number. Here are a few of the potential issues associated with title branding includidng fraudulent practices to cover up a title brand:
Flood damage has become a serious problem in the United States in recent years, with significant implications for cars owners and buyers. With an estimated half a million cars flooded by Hurricane Harvey in 2017, the number of water-damaged cars re-entering the used car market continues to rise as the country experiences more flooding due to hurricanes and storms in 2018. What appears to be a great car that runs fine during inspection may have damages in electronic wiring, mechanical system or other parts that could resurface later. 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 the full story about any car.
Odometer tampering, also known as odometer fraud or rollback, is the deliberate tampering of the odometer to make the vehicle appear to have a lower mileage and worth more than its actual price. Knowing the exact mileage is critical to driving the car safely because it can tell you when the car has reached that mileage where some of its parts require replacement. An estimated 10 percent of cars in the country have tampered odometers and the reading in more than half of these vehicles have been rolled back by 50,000 miles.
Salvaged vehicles are vehicles damaged by flood, hail or other causes to the extent that the total estimated or actual cost of rebuilding for safe operation exceeds a percentage of the its retail value (jurisdiction-defined). Unscrupulous sellers can cover up the condition of a salvaged car through title washing. This practice takes advantage of the fact that branding regulations differ by state, moving the vehicle to a more lenient state that could issue a clean title.
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 then registered with the DMV in another state. Anyone who unwittingly buys a car with cloned VIN is at risk of losing the car when authorities seize it for evidence and would still be responsible for any unpaid auto loans. There could be thousands of stolen vehicles with cloned VINs but the United States government does not have the exact figures because not all cases are 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. You can also get free additional data on the vehicle’s value, open recalls, and safety ratings publicly available on the Internet. Here are some free resources:
The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB), a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to help prevent insurance fraud and vehicle theft, offers free VIN Check to the public to help determine whether a vehicle has been reported as stolen, but not recovered, or has been reported as a salvage vehicle by NICB member insurance companies. To check if a vehicle has been reported stolen, simply visit this site and enter the VIN in the search box.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is the government agency in-charge of the regulation of safety standards in the auto industry in order to reduce accidents and fatalities across the United States. The NHTSA aggregates information 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 whose mission is to reduce the number of vehicle crashes, and the rate of injuries and amount of property damage in the crashes that still occur. IIHS conducts its own testing program and issues its own ratings. Visit the IIHS website now and check your vehicle’s rating.
The Kelly Blue Book (KBB) is a California-based vehicle valuation and automotive research company that is recognized by both consumers and the automotive industry. It is one of the most trusted resources when it comes to determining the value of a car. Find out how much a car is really worth before you buy it with the Kelley Blue Book® Value.
Worried about buying a flood-damaged used car? Worry no more! Carfax has opened its flood-damage database free to the public for an indefinite period. Simply visit the Free CARFAX Flood Check page and enter your VIN.