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Check The History of a Car Before Buying

Is this vehicle safe to buy?

  • Clean Title History
  • Salvage History
  • Accident, Total Loss Events
  • Theft, Open Lien & Recall History
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Each DMV Vehicle History & Title Report checks for:

Vehicle Specifications
Insurance Total Loss
Open Lien Information
DMV Title Information
Odometer Records
Other Information
Salvage and Whole Car Auction History
Safety Recall from NHTSA and Manufacturers
Brand Glossary

Frequently Asked Questions

You ask questions, our job is to answer them.

Where can i find my car's VIN information?

A VIN number records can be found on: The driver's side door, a sticker or a metal plate. The lower corner of the windshield, on the driver's side of the vehicle. Your vehicle title and registration. Your insurance card.

How do i get a vehicle history record?

You can download the most up-to-date vehicle records with DMV.com, or visit your local DMV. A comprehensive VIN history report will protect you from any foul play from a seller, such as: reversing the odometer, not disclosing previous repairs, or hiding accidents that may have damaged the frame or the vehicle.

How to sell your car with a VIN number check?

Preparing to sell your vehicle requires providing car info by VIN to potential buyers. Prospective buyers who obtain a VIN number report will get through information about the vehicle and it's condition. As a seller, you can then effectively address any question or concerns regarding the sale, and also get closer to your asking price.

What qualifies for a refund?

DMV.com stands behind the data provided & we provide refunds in the case of any error in title data is not correct as evidenced by a copy or proof of such data error from a state title document.

Why is my credit card showing a charge for a report that I did not receive?

If you ordered a report for a VIN for which no data was available you may see an authorization on your credit card for the amount of the report you requested. This is an authorization only & will be released by DMV.com within 24 hours. Hold times may vary by individual banks.

Is this a one-time charge?

Please be assured that the charges for a single or multiple Vehicle History & Title Reports are one-time charges. There are no monthly automatic charges or fees. You are only charged for the reports you specifically purchase.

Where does your vehicle data come from?

Vehicle history information comes from many sources including records on file from NMVTIS, state DMV, police records, fire & insurance records, data aggregators as well as many other proprietary sources.

What is NMVTIS?

The National Motor Vehicle Title Information System (NMVTIS) was created through the Federal Anti-Car Theft Act of 1992, to help protect consumers from fraud & unsafe vehicles & to keep stolen vehicles from being resold.

Why did I receive the message 'No Data Available'?

You did not receive a report, & will not be charged, because DMV.com does not have enough information for the VIN you requested. You may see an authorization on your credit card for the amount of the report. This is an authorization only & will be released by DMV.com within 24 hours. Hold times may vary by individual banks.

What is the purpose of NMVTIS?

To learn more about The National Motor Vehicle Title Information System (NMVTIS), visit the NMVTIS vehiclehistory.gov website.

Who operates & manages NMVTIS?

The U.S. Department of Justice is responsible for oversight of the implementation & operation of NMVTIS, & works in partnership with the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA). AAMVA has been the operator since 1992. To learn more about NMVTIS visit the vehiclehistory.gov website.

How much will it cost to obtain NMVTIS information on a vehicle?

Cost for NVMTIS vehicle history reports vary & are determined by individual service providers. The Anti-Car Theft Act requires that the system be funded through user fees & not dependent on federal funds. For this reason, NMVTIS has been designed as a fee-for-service system.

What's included in my VIN report?

General Information, such as the Summary, Vehicle Specs, Title Information and more!

What is a Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)?

A Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) is a unique set of digits that is made up of 17 characters (numbers and letters). A unique VIN is assigned to each vehicle, and a VIN check can be completed on any car. DMV locations use this number to record Missouri VIN history on all registered vehicles. An MO car history report is generated and found through the use of VIN numbers, and it will provide you with all the information you need before purchasing a used car.

Did You Know? The first VIN digit of a U.S. vehicle begins with the number one. Additionally, the first VIN digit indicates the vehicle’s country of origin.

Where can I find my car’s VIN information?

A VIN number record can be found on:

  • The driver’s side door, a sticker or a metal plate.
  • The lower corner of the windshield, on the driver’s side of the vehicle.
  • Your vehicle title and registration.
  • Your insurance card.

How to Check VIN Numbers

A Missouri VIN check can be completed by visiting your local DMV office. However, it is most convenient to conduct a vehicle history check online. To perform an MO VIN lookup and get a vehicle history report, drivers must have the VIN of the vehicle in question. A car history report is a detailed document that provides information about the history of a car. You may also complete a motorcycle VIN check, an RV VIN check or a boat trailer VIN lookup.

By performing a Missouri car registration check, you will get details about the history of the vehicle, including information a seller may not have initially notified you about.

How do I get a vehicle history record?

You can download the most up-to-date vehicle records from this page, or visit your local DMV office. A comprehensive VIN history report will protect you from any foul play from a seller, such as: reversing the odometer, not disclosing previous repairs, or hiding accidents that may have damaged the frame of the vehicle.

instaVIN®’s direct link to the National Motor Vehicle Title Information System (NMVITS) allows them to provide you with the most extensive report in real time.

Many states legally require used car buyers to purchase a vehicle history report before buying the vehicle. instaVIN® also offers reports for motorcycles, classic cars, heavy trucks and recreational vehicles.

Your instaVIN® vehicle history and title report will include:

  • Current State of Title Information
  • Historical Title Information
  • Disclosure of Brand History on Title
    • Flood
    • Salvage
    • Odometer Rollback
    • 61 Possible Problem Events
  • Odometer Information
  • Information on Previous Accidents
  • Open Lien/Loan Information Including: Issuing Financial Institution
  • Impound & Towing Events
  • Active Theft Data

Information Found on a Vehicle History Report

A Missouri vehicle history report (VHR), you will learn vital information about your car’s history, including:

Accident Reports

Whether it is for a standard vehicle VIN check or a trailer VIN lookup, a Missouri vehicle history report also contains accident-related information. It is crucial to know if a vehicle has been involved in any accidents, as this may affect the life and safety of an automobile.

Registration Data

A car registration search will be performed when you order a vehicle history report. This also applies to RV VIN checks or motorcycle VIN checks, as both are also considered vehicles. Complete a vehicle registration check to get a history of where and who the car has been registered to.

Title Data

Read about the number of past vehicle owners, as well as information about the present title holder. You will also be informed about the most up-to-date odometer reading of the current title.

Odometer Mileage

An odometer reading is taken anytime a car registration check is conducted in Missouri. A vehicle history report includes this specific reading. Your odometer mileage should also be noted on a bill of sale.

Liens and Loans

If you have any loans or liens on the vehicle, a car reg check will reveal this information. A lien may require you to transfer the loan information to your name or provide proof that it has been paid for in full.

Why Should I Check A Car’s VIN?

If you intend to purchase a preowned vehicle, consider running a vehicle history report and completing a VIN number check. By conducting a VIN check online, you will obtain information about any past mishaps the vehicle may have had, thus saving you time, money and aggravation. Ultimately, a Vehicle Identification Number lookup also ensures a smooth sale.

How to Sell Your Car With a VIN Number Check

Smart buyers will obtain a car history report before making a purchase. By providing a Missouri VIN check to prospective buyers, you gain their trust. As a seller, you can then effectively address any questions or concerns regarding the sale, and also get closer to your asking price.

How to Check VIN Numbers as a Buyer

Ask the seller for the VIN and run your own motor vehicle history check. Consider checking a car history before purchasing a used car. A DMV vehicle history report will show you any and all details you need to know before finalizing or stopping a sale. Used car info and a stolen vehicle check and are part of a VHR.

If You Cannot Locate the VIN

If you are having difficulties completing a Missouri VIN number check, or you are unable to obtain a car history report, we recommend you do not purchase the vehicle you are interested in. All vehicles since 1981 have a VIN, so the absence of one, may indicate fraud or theft.

Note: Missouri is a state that participates with the National Motor Vehicle Information System and provides vehicle data details, as well as inquires certain information (such as if the vehicle is reported stolen), prior to issuing car titles.