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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 with a combination of 17 characters (numbers and letters). A VIN is assigned to each vehicle, and a VIN check can be completed on any car. Regional DMV offices use this number to record North Carolina VIN history on all registered vehicles. An NC car history report is generated and found through the use of VINs, and it will provide you with all the information you need before purchasing a used car.

Did You Know? North Carolina accepts Vehicle Identification Numbers as acceptable vehicle description documentation when applying for a new license plate.

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

Complete a North Carolina VIN check by visiting a nearby DMV office, or more conveniently, by conducting a VIN number search online. Drivers can easily perform a NC VIN lookup and get a vehicle history report as long as they 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, boat, truck or RV.

Motorists who check vehicle history in North Carolina will learn details about the car, including information a seller may not have initially made available.

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

During the process of getting a North Carolina car history check, you will receive vital information about your car’s history, including:

Registration Data

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

Title Data

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

Accident Reports

Whether it is for a motorcycle VIN lookup or a standard vehicle VIN check, an NC vehicle history check also contains accident-related information. Note that if a vehicle has been involved in any accidents, this may affect the life and safety of an automobile.

Liens and Loans

Should there be any liens or loans 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.

Odometer Mileage

An odometer reading is taken anytime a car registration check is conducted in North Carolina. A vehicle history report includes this specific reading.

Why should I check a car’s VIN?

If you are pondering the purchase of a used vehicle, consider getting a car 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 North Carolina VIN check to prospective buyers, they will obtain thorough information about the vehicle and its condition. 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

Consider checking a car history before purchasing a used car. A vehicle history report will show you the details you need to know prior to finalizing or stopping a sale. Ask the seller for the VIN then complete your own motor vehicle history check. A stolen VIN number check and a car recall check are part of a VHR.

If You Cannot Locate the VIN

If you cannot get a vehicle history check or are unable to complete a North Carolina VIN number check, consider purchasing a different car. Since 1981, all vehicles have contained a Vehicle Identification Number, so the absence of one, may indicate fraud or theft.

Note: North Carolina is a state that participates with the National Motor Vehicle Information System and provides vehicle data details prior to issuing car titles.