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What Does a VIN History Report Include?

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VIN information comes from various state agencies like the department of motor vehicles (DMV) and the department of transpiration (DOT). Because each U.S. state handles vehicle history reports differently, finding out about a specific vehicle using a VIN can be challenging. Using InfoTracer’s powerful search engine, you can see millions of VIN reports instantly from all over the country. Some of the information found in our VIN check reports include when available:

  • Title Records
  • Title Brand Records
  • Junk & Salvage Records
  • Insurer “Total Loss”
  • Full Auto Specs
  • Recalls & Defects
  • Insurance Claims
  • Current & Past Owners
  • Maintenance Records
  • Prior Theft Records
  • Flood Damage Records
  • Commercial Use Records
  • Fire & Hail Records
  • Repair & Rebuilt Records
  • Current Title Records
  • Historical Title Records
  • Title Brand Records
  • Cash For Clunkers
  • Odometer Reading
  • And More

What is a VIN?

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A Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) is a 17-digit number that serves as a car’s serial number or unique “fingerprint”. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) standardized the format in 1981, though VIN numbers have been a requirement of the U.S. government since 1954. A VIN can tell a lot about the vehicle.

A VIN can tell you the year, make, and model, unique features, recall information, country of origin, and car history. Because each car has its own unique code, the VIN will reveal specifics about that particular vehicle.

What are Vehicle History Records?

What are Vehicle History Records?

Vehicle history reports contain details about a car, including basic vehicle information and additional information regarding branded titles, accidents, or other major issues. In some states, vehicle owners are required to report major accidents to law enforcement. In addition, insurance companies use vehicle history reports before insuring motorists. Usually, the department of motor vehicles (or other state agency in charge of cars) maintains information about vehicle titles and brands.

The purpose of vehicle history reports is to inform the public about the condition and specific details about a vehicle. Before purchasing a used car, it is always a good idea to perform a VIN check first to ensure the car or truck has not suffered any serious accidents, flood damage, fire, or other serious issues.

Types of Branded Titles

A vehicle title reveals information about the current and past owners of the vehicle along with their address information, odometer readings, title number, states where the vehicle has been registered, and purchase dates.

Below are some types of branded titles:

  • Salvage/Junk - When a car is damaged beyond repair, the insurance company will declare it a total loss. The DMV will then issue it a salvage title and may not be driven on the street legally or sold unless to a salvage yard for parts.
  • Lemon - A vehicle with a significant flaw that the manufacturer or dealer has attempted to fix numerous times may be declared a lemon and receive a lemon branded title.
  • Flood Damage - State laws vary, but a vehicle that has been submerged for a specific amount of time has suffered water damage and may receive a flood damage branded title.
  • Hail Damage - A car that suffers hail damage (even just cosmetic) may receive a hail damage branded title.
  • Fire - If a car suffers fire damage, it will receive a fire-damaged branded title. It may or may not be repairable.
  • Odometer Rollback - When a car is stolen, and thieves roll back the odometer, the DMV will issue an odometer rollback title. There is no way of ever telling how many actual miles are on the car.
  • Rebuilt Title - When a junk or salvage vehicle is fully repaired, and the DMV approves it for legal use, they may issue a rebuilt title so that any subsequent owners will know the car’s history.

InfoTracer is not a consumer reporting agency under the Fair Credit Reporting Agency (FCRA) and does not provide FCRA compliant consumer reports. InfoTracer does not permit the use of information obtained from their service for use in discriminating against any consumer or for the purposes of determining a consumer's eligibility for personal credit, insurance, employment, housing, licenses, or benefits. It also does not permit the use of gathered information for any purpose related to a consumer's economic or financial standing or status.

Frequently Asked Questions About VIN Reports

How to Lookup a VIN Number for Free

Some government agencies, such as the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB), have free VIN check tools where you can enter a VIN and find out specific information for free. You can also run an InfoTracer initial VIN scan for free.

How to Check if a Car is Stolen

The NICB VIN lookup tool will show if a car has been reported stolen. Before buying a used car, it’s always a good idea to run a quick VIN check to look for any issues.

How to Check on Recalls Using a VIN

The NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) has a VIN lookup tool where car owners can check for recalls on their vehicles. The NHTSA is responsible for handling safety recalls in the U.S. InfoTracer’s reports also contain the latest recall information about vehicles.

Can I Find a Vehicle’s Specs Using a VIN?

Yes. You can easily find out the make, model, year, trim level, engine types, braking system, safety equipment like airbags, and more with an InfoTracer search.

How to Get a Vehicle History Report

There are dozens of services online where you can enter a VIN and look up a vehicle. Typically, you may see some details for free, but you might have to pay a small fee for additional information.

How to Find out if a Vehicle Has Been in Any Accidents

Using a VIN check or vehicle history report, you can check the vehicle’s accident history. A branded title may indicate an accident. However, not all accidents are reported, so even if the car looks clean, have a mechanic check the used vehicle over before buying. Check the fair market value also.

What is a Salvage Title and How to Look it Up by VIN?

A salvage title is when a car has been in an accident and damaged beyond repair. It is no longer fit for road use, but it can be used for parts.

Where is a VIN Located?

The VIN is located on the dashboard on most vehicles, driver’s side door label, vehicle registration, an insurance card, or the car’s title.

What is a VIN Decoder?

A VIN decoder breaks down the 17-digit unique identifier (VIN) to extract information such as where the car was manufactured (country, plant, etc.), the engine type, the model year, and other details. For example, the first three numbers represent the World Manufacturer Identifier (WMI) and can tell you the vehicle manufacturer and the country of origin. Numbers 4 through 9 are called the vehicle descriptor section or the vehicle identifier section. This area tells you the vehicle specifications, such as the engine size and type, the body style, the assembly plant, and the model year.

How to Transfer a Vehicle Title

Transferring the title of a car from one person to another transfers ownership of the car or truck. To do this, the vehicle owner must sign the back of the title and fill out the new owner’s name, address, and the current odometer reading. The buyer or new owner must sign the back also. The current owner then gives the title to the new owner, and they bring it with them to their local DMV office when registering the vehicle.

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