When buying a used car, knowledge of the car’s repairs, mileage, accident history and other past damages can save the buyer a lot of money and headaches down the road. This is where a vehicle history report comes in handy; it can make your car buying experience much easier.
Here’s a rundown of what vehicle history reports can tell you about a used car.
Vehicle history reports include whether or not the vehicle you’re considering has been in any accidents and when those accidents occurred. This provides you with information on whether or not that vehicle may have sustained past damages and if there is an increased likelihood of repairs.
A long list of previous owners can be a red flag to car buyers. This often means that the vehicle has been the subject of numerous mechanical issues or has been poorly maintained over the years.
Vehicle history reports can also tell you whether or not the vehicle was ever in possession of a salvage yard or contains a rebuilt title. Sometimes these vehicles have been rebuilt to sub-par standards.
Vehicle history reports should also provide buyers with a rundown of any other past damage the vehicle may have incurred. This includes anything from flooding and hail damage to whether or not the car has ever been stolen or been the subject of an insurance claim. Situations like these also reveal possible hidden damages.
Fraud is a Real Threat
Every year, hundreds of cars are sold under fraudulent pretenses. Rolling back the odometer to show fewer miles, rebuilding title and quick-fixing flood damage are just a few ways that sellers may try to fool a buyer. Vehicle history reports provide buyers with an independent resource for information on these past damages and can prove more reliable than word of mouth alone.
For more information on responsible car buying and dodging fraudulent vehicles, check out our Car Buying Guide to avoid getting stuck with a lemon. If you’re on the market for a new or used car, visit anytime or browse our online inventory to see what’s available.