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Shopping for a used car? Avoid hidden problems. Get a reliable vehicle history report without paying any fees using your credit card.

Research on any vehicle  registered in any of the 50 states in the US or from any automaker. All you need is the vehicle identification number (VIN) or the license plate number:

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Over 38 million used car transactions occurred in 2016,  according to Edmunds’ 2017 Used Vehicle Market Report. Do you know that a large number of buyers unknowingly buy vehicles with undisclosed issues? These scams have been plaguing the auto industry for years.

Used Car SalesLook out for bad history that can make a car unsafe and erratic in the long term. No need to buy expensive vehicle reports. breaks the traditional paywall around this service, making free VIN check available to everyone.

Beware: Auto Crimes that Hide a Used Car’s True Condition or Value

Watch out for these auto crimes that deceive people into thinking they bought the right car:

  • Odometer fraud involves the deliberate tampering of the odometer to alter the mileage.
    • The goal is to boost the car’s value or price.
    • Digital odometers considered to be tamper-proof can be hacked to falsify the readings.
    • 10 percent of cars in the US may have rolled back odometers (Source:  Consumer Federation of America).
    • Title washing and other auto crimes are often committed in conjunction with odometer fraud.

Check if actual odometer reading is consistent with the vehicle history report!

  • Title washing involves transferring the vehicle from state to state to take advantage of lenient title branding laws.
    • The objective is to acquire a “clean” title and boost the car’s value.
    • It may involve altering vehicle documents or non-disclosure of critical information.
    • Cars damaged because of an accident, flood or other natural disasters are hot targets for title washing.
    • Close to 1,000,000 cases of title washing have been reported in the US, according to Carfax.

Watch out for “washed titles” after natural disasters or extreme weather like hurricanes, hail storms, and floods.

  • VIN cloning involves replacing the VIN of a stolen car with the VIN of a legally owned car of the same make and model.
    • Exact figures representing cars with cloned VIN are not available.
    • The National Crime Prevention Council estimates VIN cloning to cost $36 million in fraudulent car deals.
    • According to FBI’s 2016 Uniform Crime Reports, motor vehicles theft rate was 236.9 per 100,000 people in 2016.
    • Victims of VIN cloning:
      • the unsuspecting buyer
      • the legal owners of the stolen vehicle
      • the source of the stolen VIN.

Run our free VIN check to verify if the records accurately match the car you want to buy. Due diligence in checking vehicle data makes it harder to commit these crimes.

So many factors come into play as you shop for a used car. Check all resources on any vehicle’s make and title-issuing state. has compiled information that may help you understand the differences between your top choices.

Why should I run a free VIN Check?

      • Check for accidents. The NHTSA reports 6 million (estimate) car accidents every year. Unscrupulous sellers can hide some serious damages with cosmetic changes.
      • Check for title brands. Flood, hail damage, and salvage titles are examples of critical title brands. Brands offer clues on the car’s road-worthiness and condition.
      • Check for active Theft record or recovered theft record. Every 41 seconds, a motor vehicle is stolen in the US.
      • Check special purpose designations. You may need to modify a car with taxi-use, rental-use, or police-use designations for consumer use.

Visit our VIN Check by Make and VIN Check by State pages. Get in-depth information and vehicle history for vehicles of specific make and state of origin in the US.