A VIN Search is a comprehensive source of information about the historical past of the vehicle you’re looking up. It’s kind of a used car passport, which contains the most important events and information relevant for the potential buyer. The VIN report is divided into several major recognizable categories. The VIN database gathers information and displays it on the VIN report in an easy to read manner. Use the VIN search form to begin your automotive investigation.

When you first look at a vehicle history report the following information is listed, VIN #, manufactured year, make and model of the vehicle and its type of fuel.

The next section provides age of vehicle based on the model year or manufactured date along with the date the first owner registered it with the registry of motor vehicles. Sometimes it’s valuable to look at the manufactured date of your vehicle and compare it with other cars in the same year from the manufacturer. A late production vehicle could lead you to believe that the car was a custom order. Outfitting a vehicle with custom colors is often chosen by the customer (eg. silver metallic, red, white). Certain wheels, engine displacement or transmission features are other possible customization’s. These cars usually take longer to produce due to the customization. So a delay of 3-4 months from the date of production and first registration is nothing unusual. Only differences longer than six months should pique our awareness.  Dealer’s who hold cars for a long periods of time could mean it was damaged during transportation from the manufactured country. Korea, Germany or Japan for example. Inquire with the dealer on this. Also look at the ownership history. Paperwork is a good thing to have on a vehicle. Maintenance records and insurance bills for example outline the life of the vehicle. A car that has changed hands more than once in 3 years could mean it’s been causing it’s owners problems. So do your due diligence before making one of the biggest purchases of your life.