What Should You Look For When Purchasing A Vehicle?

By Frank Coutinho | Sep 02, 2018
Photo by: Pexels What Should You Look For When Purchasing A Vehicle?

You wouldn't purchase a house without an appraisal, so why buy a pre-owned vehicle without a used car history report? It's essential to find out everything you can about a vehicle you're interested in purchasing before spending thousands of dollars on the vehicle only to find out it is a total lemon.


The process is quite simple, while you are shopping around, make sure you write down the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) of every car that appeals to you. This VIN is a sequence of 17 numbers and letters that can be found on the driver's side dash, the driver's side door post, the insurance card or the title/registration. Follow these steps no matter how you find the used car, whether it is through a dealer, classified ad, friend or even family member. Acquiring these reports are very reasonably priced. For example, Quick Revs offers a Revs check by VIN for just $5.89, and by Rego for only $8.89. These Rev check reports cover a wide variety of details such as a finance check, vehicle details, stolen status records, registration info, written-off check, and many others.


Once you have the VIN, you can run a used car history report with a company such as CARFAX or AutoCheck, which will tell you everything you need to know about that particular vehicle. In addition to basic facts such as year, make, model, engine, brake and restraint system, the used car history check will reveal any significant issues that were reported to the state DMV, such as persistent mechanical problems, severe damage, odometer tampering, theft, fire damage, fleet/taxi use and much more.


Frequently you can't pick up on many of these problems by inspecting the car or driving it around for a while. Some of these issues may even escape the eye of a trained mechanic. This is why you must retrieve the used car history before you make the final decision, it will give you peace of mind.


How much do they cost you ask? Well, it can vary depending on which provider you use, but usually, it is $19.99 for one car history report and $24.99 for unlimited reports, generally within a specified period. It makes sense to get the latter package, as you can check as many vehicles as you want until you find one that's perfect for you. Moreover, chances are you're going to be looking at more than one car as you go through the buying process.


If you think about how much it costs to buy even an old pre-owned vehicle, you can see how another $20 to make sure the car doesn't have any hidden problems is a small price to pay. You can also find out if it's had multiple owners or if it has hundreds of thousands of miles on it, among other significant facts.


So next time you're in the market, make sure you get a used car history report for every vehicle you are considering, it's well worth the time and effort!

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