VSVIN.info is offering a VIN Number Autocheck Report for free. Shows information about registration, titles, odometer, and accidents. Similar to Carfax.

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    Solow Ben's cred: 622
    Posted 10:25 am PDT 08/11/13

    These types of reports are only good for letting you know how many owners and what states the car came from. Your state's DMV is under no legal obligation to report police reported accidents, personal damage etc. Always get your local mechanic to check the car out first.

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    dennis007 Ben's cred: 279
    Posted 10:55 am PDT 08/11/13

    Solow wrote:
    These types of reports are only good for letting you know how many owners and what states the car came from. Your state's DMV is under no legal obligation to report police reported accidents, personal damage etc. Always get your local mechanic to check the car out first.


    problem is you need to bring the car to mechanics and that ain't going to happen before you actual paid for the car. They don't have time for car shopping or dealer have time for you to come back with a mechanic.

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    swreynolds Ben's cred: 402
    Posted 11:04 am PDT 08/11/13

    I agree with #1, I got a Carfax report on my last 2 cars. Both had significant body/drive train repairs which were unreported.

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    dave_c Ben's cred: 3826
    Posted 11:34 am PDT 08/11/13

    It is true a Carfax report may not include everything, but it can indicate some important things like whether a vehicle was totaled or had a salvage title. Drive train repairs aren't really important to know, better actually that it had them done rather than being sold just before they were needed.

    With rare exceptions used cars don't sell very fast, so if the seller knows you are committed to purchase if it passes a mechanic's inspection, anyone who has nothing to hide should go along with it.

    You can even put this in writing to appease the seller, a signed binding contract. Just make sure that contract includes the seller also being obligated to sell for a listed price, otherwise the seller might back out feeling the car is worth more having passed an inspection.

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    justmythoughts Ben's cred: 120
    Posted 5:32 pm PDT 08/11/13

    Found a great deal on a VW Tiguan at a dealer in Denver. Read the CARFAX report and it showed it was a car from the east coast - right about the time of hurricane Sandy. Hmmm - Jersey to Colorado? Pass

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    jokersmoker Ben's cred: 94
    Posted 9:21 pm PDT 08/11/13

    always pull up the floor mats and have a professional service tech check the car before purchase to see if it was in a flood, if the electronics get wet, the car is never the same..

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    btc909 Ben's cred: 452
    Posted 11:31 pm PDT 08/11/13

    It's best to run an AutoCheck & a CarFax, no not a CarFox. I had a Dakota, I know it was in two accidents, CarFax said 2, Autocheck said 1. Also it really isn't that hard to roll back a digital odometer if you know how so the service history can clue you in if the odometer was tampered with.

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    BenKat Ben's cred: 491
    Posted 6:38 am PDT 08/12/13

    I have used Carfax in the past for information on prior accidents and whether the vehicle was from a rental fleet or not. Also as number 5 posted you can see where the auto came from. Florida, New Orleans, Texas. Places where there have been recent floods. I took the results of the Carfax back to the local dealer and used it to bring the price down on a purchase. I would definitely pull one if I found a car I wanted.

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    me2 Ben's cred: 108
    Posted 7:00 am PDT 08/12/13

    Carfax will tell you if there had been a police report, but not the extent of any damage. For example, my wife was backing up and tapped another car that was began moving ahead, no damage not even a scratch, but the other driver was making a fuss so my wife called for police. You do it for your own protection to prevent false claims against you, then Carfax is used against you when you try to sell.

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    smrt Ben's cred: 18
    Posted 7:50 pm PDT 08/12/13

    I checked my own VIN out of curiosity since my car was in 4 accidents (I hate people btw). I had police reports for 3 of the 4, but only 2 accidents show up.

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