Dude, Where’s My Car (From)?

You’re ready to purchase a used car. You’ve found the exact make, model, and year you’re looking for. The mileage is great, the car looks like it’s in excellent shape, and you even love the color. Before you pull the trigger and pay for it, remember that looks can be deceiving. It’s important to find the history of the vehicle first—you need to know where it came from.

A used vehicle can save you a lot of money if you find the one you’re looking for. The problem is that if you don’t know where you vehicle has been, it can cost you a lot of money.

Why does it matter?

First, if the vehicle has been involved in an accident, it may have sustained structural damages that may have gone unnoticed during estimates and repairs.

Second, if a vehicle has had several owners, the vehicle may have been exposed to other conditions, such as floods. The vehicle may have been restored and is running smoothly again, but parts that haven’t been replaced may have suffered serious damage that will also need major repairs?

So how do you check the history of the vehicle?

Each vehicle manufactured has a unique vehicle identification number (VIN). This number can usually be found on the machine pad (front of the engine) or near the driver’s side door jamb. It will also be on the vehicle’s title and registration. Once you’ve found this number, it can be checked via vehicle records on CARFAX or through the DMV, but be aware that these reports may even still be incomplete.

These methods aren’t always perfect and it’s always a good idea to have any used car you’re thinking about purchasing inspected by a reputable service station or mechanic. This will ensure that the vehicle is in the condition that you want and can help prevent costly repairs down the road.

Purchasing a used car can save you a lot of money, but if something is too good to be true, it usually is. That’s why it’s important to know the vehicle’s origin. This will not only save you money on future repairs that you were unaware of, and it can also ensure your safety while driving your new, used vehicle.