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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

What is a Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)?

A vehicle indentification Number (VIN) is a unique set of digits that si made up of 17 characters (numbers and letters). A VIN is assigned to each vehicle, and a VIN check can be completed on any car.

Vehicle Identification Number

Where to fin the VIN?

In the car

On the panel under the glass, on the rack at the front door, under the hood, etc.

Vin Location
In the documents

Your vehicle title and registration. Your insurance card.

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!

Decoding...

A vehicle history report, also known as a VIN check, used car report, or car history report, is a detailed document that provides information about the history of your vehicle. To obtain a VIN history report, you will need to provide your Vehicle Identification Number.

A vehicle history report includes information, such as:

  • Past vehicle titles.
  • Liens on the vehicle.
  • Car title history.
  • Flood damage reports.
  • Accident history.

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How to Find Your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)

Any driver who would like to order a vehicle history report must provide the VIN number to the appropriate party. To locate your VIN number, check in the following places of your vehicle:

  • Under the hood of the front engine
  • The driver side of the dash
  • Trunk under the spare tire
  • Driver door jamb

When You Will Need a Vehicle History Report

Instances when you will need a VIN history report include when you are either buying or selling a car. Obtaining a vehicle history report before purchasing a vehicle can prevent from less discrepancies from occurring and help you be 100 percent confident in your purchase.

Ordering a vehicle history report can also help you if you are a private seller or a dealer. Buyers are less likely to purchase a vehicle when a VIN number report is not provided due to hidden problems the car might have. Earn a buyer's trust by providing a report ahead of time.

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