Car enthusiasts are very good at abusing the internet. Whether looking for the best price on parts, searching ‘For Sale’ sites for their next car or reading about the latest supercar out of Italy, we dominate Google searches for whatever it is we need. Hand in hand with that is searching new and used car values as well as digging for recall information for friends and family. You can now add VIN checks into the mix.
Whether you use some of the free services available or pay a price, VIN checks dig up a treasure trove of information about a car you are considering buying. VINCheckPro.com is one such site with a huge up side – its services are free.
You begin by either entering a car’s specific VIN or doing a more general search by year, make and model. Once the search is complete, VINCheckPro provides a detailed data sheet on the car.
First, it provides a basic description of the car which includes the make, model, body style, engine size and type, country of origin and its age. In addition and a definite plus, VINCheckPro lets you know right at the top of the report whether or not there is a recall on the car. If you are car shopping and found a car you are interested in buying, you at least know immediately whether or not there’s a recall. If so, you can check with the dealer or seller, asking them if the recall repair has been made. It goes without saying information like this can make or break whether or not you buy a car.
The data provided by VINCheckPro is impressive. After searching for a car, the car specifications that are presented is very detailed, showing you the car’s dimensions, drivetrain and fuel capacity, among other things.
The free VIN check itself is very detailed and includes everything listed here:
- Vehicle Specifications
- Safety Report
- Environmental Report
- Recalls & Defects
- Manufacturer Info
- Alternate Listings
- Bill of Sale Service
- State Documentation
- Accident History
- Title Information
- 60+ Vehicle Problems
- Odometer Readings
- Taxi, Lease, Police Use
- Structural Damages
- Total Loss & Theft Check
- Junk & Salvage
This is a great summary of information, including whether or not the car is salvaged and if it’s ever been reported as a total loss. The report even tells you if the car has ever been used as a taxi or for police use. Last but not least, you know from this report what you can expect your maintenance costs to be and what the true market value is of the car.
In addition to searching for a specific VIN, you can search by year, make and model as well as by license plate number and state. For example, if you find yourself working with a private seller, you can simply search the license plate number from the car you are considering buying. VINCheckPro decodes it and knows how to link to the car’s VIN. The result? It generates the exact same report for you as if it searched using the VIN.
One more option available through VINCheckPro is to search by year, make and model. But in a nutshell, it doesn’t matter how you search the car you are interested in. Whether by VIN, year, make and model or license plate, it leads you to the same result…a detailed report about the car.
And to reassure sellers, VINCheckPro doesn’t reveal any personal information. When car shopping, it would probably be a nice gesture to let the seller know you would like to run a VIN check on their car and the tool you will be using is secure and won’t reveal any confidential details about them. Just their car.
Are you looking for a car to restore or something ready for the road? The information in the report helps you decide what you can expect to invest in the car to get it in the condition you want. This is all great information for the enthusiast looking for their next driver’s car. And it can also help if you are tasked with helping a friend or family member. Knowledge is the best medicine here and gets you on the right track to finding a great car.