Are Vehicle History Reports Worth It?

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Are Vehicle History Reports Worth It?

I’m Ed Smith, a Santa Barbara car accident lawyer. There are always consumers on the market searching for a good used car to use for commuting. However, many buyers today may not be aware of their access to vehicle history information when purchasing a used car.

Purchasing a Used Car

It is best to obtain both a commercial vehicle history report and a government vehicle history report by inputting the car’s vehicle identification number (VIN) when buying a used car. A vehicle history report usually includes repair history and other information which is one of the most useful ways to determining how well the vehicle was maintained by the previous owner(s). The report is also useful for negotiating a fair price and also making an informed decision on whether the vehicle is a good buy or not.

When purchasing a used car from a private seller, it is crucial to check with the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) if there are any hidden fees on the vehicle prior to title transfer.

What do Vehicle History Reports Show?

Vehicle history reports reveal the following information:

  • Title Information
  • The Number of Owners
  • Odometer Readings
  • Accident Information
  • Recalls

Which Vehicle Titles to Avoid?

The following red flag titles should be avoided when purchasing a used vehicle:

  • Flood
  • Lemon
  • Rebuilt
  • Salvage

Getting a Car Inspection Before Buying a Used Car

Although most used dealerships and a smaller percentage of private sellers offer vehicle history reports, it is best to obtain a second opinion from a mechanic before buying a used car. Sometimes, vehicle history reports may not show recent accidents or repairs immediately. A second opinion from a mechanic may determine a final decision on whether or not the vehicle is worth it in the long run without excessive maintenance visits.

Santa Barbara Car Accident Attorney

I’m Ed Smith, a Santa Barbara car accident attorney. If you, or someone you love has suffered major injuries after an automobile accident, please call me at (805) 372-0200 or toll-free at (800) 404-5400 for free, friendly advice.

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