Check The History of a Car Before Buying

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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!


The vehicle identification number (VIN) in Tennessee is associated with each specific vehicle, and acts like a serial number, tracking ownership, car accidents, theft and more. This information can then be revealed through a vehicle history report, which can be obtained online or by mail. Get started with an online VIN report today.

Performing a VIN Lookup Online in Tennessee

A VIN code lookup in Tennessee can be easily requested online. This is by far the most convenient way to obtain a vehicle’s history, and one that can be done regardless of whether or not you own the vehicle. Therefore, online reports are invaluable to both owners of a vehicle and potential buyers. A vehicle’s report can be requested from your home or from anywhere with access to your smartphone, allowing you to request a report when you need it.

Requesting a VIN Number Lookup by Mail

You can also look up VIN details by mail through the Tennessee Department of Revenue if you are a vehicle owner. However, you must wait until after you have registered the vehicle in your name to do so. Should you wish to request your vehicle’s history by mail, you will need to download and complete a form before mailing in your request. Please allow up to two weeks to receive your vehicle report.

What info is in a Tennessee VIN history report?

A Tennessee VIN number check yields an abundance of information about a vehicle. Some of this information includes, but is not limited to:

  • Vehicle specifications.
  • Title history.
  • Ownership history.
  • Odometer records.
  • Safety recalls.
  • Open liens.
  • Accident reports.

Therefore, checking VIN numbers is an important step in purchasing a car, and even selling a vehicle.

Request Your Online Vehicle History Report

A VIN report will provide you with the real-time history of a vehicle. Not only will you learn how many owners a vehicle has had, but you will learn about accidents and sustained damage the vehicle has faced, as well as minor incidents, such as hail damage. If a vehicle has previously been used as a source of income, such as a rental or taxi, this information will be provided within the vehicle’s report.

One of the most important parts of a vehicle’s report will cover whether or not the vehicle has ever been declared a total loss by an insurance provider. If a vehicle is declared a total loss due to unrecovered theft, an extensive amount of damage or flood damage, this is something that you will want to know about, as salvage titles are issued to these types of vehicles. Not only could these vehicles experience mechanical issues at a later date, but salvage titled vehicles are generally harder to insure, and there are several insurance providers who do not offer coverage, offer limited coverage or charge far higher premiums.

A VIN number report will also display:

  • Odometer records, which can help you determine whether or not the vehicle’s odometer has been intentionally rolled back in order to increase the value of the car.
  • Whether or not a vehicle currently has an unsatisfied lien on it.
  • Safety recall notifications from the vehicle manufacturer, which will inform you as to whether or not a vehicle may be safe to operate.

Why would I need to perform a VIN check in Tennessee?

A VIN history is invaluable in a number of situations, especially if you are ready to buy or sell a vehicle. Obtaining a vehicle’s report prior to the purchase of a vehicle can help you to make an informed decision about the vehicle, as well as ensure that the odometer has not been tampered with and that there are not any current lenders on a vehicle. A report is the best way to protect yourself – as a buyer –and can ensure that there are no unexpected issues that will immediately arise after the purchase of a vehicle.

Get Your VIN Check Online

Obtaining a report for a VIN can also help you sell your vehicle more easily. Not only that, but it will help you in the negotiation of the vehicle’s price. The ability to present a report to potential buyers will only add to your credibility and reassure potential buyers.

How do I locate my vehicle’s VIN number?

A VIN number can be found in a number of places – both on and off a vehicle. This identification number can generally be found on the vehicle in the following locations:

  • Under the hood of the front of the engine
  • By the windshield washer unit
  • The interior dash of the driver’s side
  • Beneath the spare tire in the vehicle’s trunk
  • On the rear wheel well
  • In the driver door jam

Alternatively, this number can also be found off of the vehicle, itself. It can be located on the vehicle’s title and registration information, the auto insurance documentation and the vehicle’s owner’s manual.

Vehicle History Report Fees in Tennessee

A complete vehicle history report in Tennessee costs $15.

Last updated on Thursday, March 14 2019.