Not a single person in the market for a used car wants to buy a lemon. Used car shoppers do want to get great deals, which is understandable. Checking the VIN number of a used vehicle gives the buyer great insight into what to expect from the car. Buyers should look at four things in particular when reading a VIN decode report on a used car.
1. Check out the number of previous owners.
If several people previously owned a vehicle, some might become skittish about purchasing the car. When a vehicle moves from one owner to the next, concerns may arise whether the owners really took decent care of the vehicle. Instead of fixing minor issues with the car, the owner decides to sell. The new owner puts up with the troubles for six months and then sells. Such a history won’t necessarily build up confidence in someone buying a used car.
2. See if any body repair work was performed on the vehicle.
Body work can raise a big question mark over the sale of the vehicle. Namely, did the car suffer body damage due to being in a severe accident? Perhaps the damage only hurt the body and didn’t cause further damage. A car history search can be ambiguous since the full story behind an accident or other collision won’t be completely revealed. Still, some information is far better than no information.
3. Learn if any recall work was done.
Car manufacturers don’t want the bad press or other problems associated with recalls. Unfortunately, a particular model may turn out to suffer a major defect. Airbags, for example, might be proven not to work when needed. Upon discovering such troubles, the manufacturer may issue a recall. Owners who do not know about the recall or simply don’t comply may be driving a very unsafe vehicle. The dangers of the vehicle get passed over to the new owner when he/she doesn’t know about its recall history.
A customer can make a decision to purchase the vehicle and take steps to address the recall issue or pass on the car. Either way, the buyer makes an informed decision. Without the vehicle identification number history, a decision can be made but it won’t be as informed. The CarProof website may be able to provide you with more information.
4. See where the vehicle was driven.
To check VIN number data entails a bit of deductive reasoning. A vehicle may currently be up for sale in a small city, but the past history could be revealing. If the previous owner drives it for three years in Los Angeles, the car could have been stuck in a lot of gridlock traffic. That means the mileage may be low and the engine time high. The car might not last too many more miles after experiencing excessive engine time and strain.