Buying a used car or truck can be a challenging experience. You want to get good value for your purchase as you may be driving it for years to come. Yet you know that many used car salespeople are not honest, upright Americans. Instead they are trying to take advantage of you. After all they have to make a living. So, you can easily end up buying a lemon and be out several thousand dollars. That's where can help. We've shown thousands of Americans how to avoid buying a car or truck that will let them down. Knowing the car history of whatever you buy is valuable information. It can help put you behind the wheel of a great car or truck – and help you avoid one that will leave you stranded by the side of the road.

A VIN Check Is Your Best Friend

A VIN check refers to a vehicle identification number check. Every car or truck sold in America has a VIN number. They are stamped on various parts of the vehicle, so they are easy to find. When buying or selling used cars a VIN check is essential. What you need to do first is find two places where the VIN has been printed. In general, the dashboard the driver's side door are the two places to check. Make sure they are the same number. If they are different then the car has been to a chop shop and reassembled from the parts of different cars or trucks. This is never a good sign.

Once you have the VIN you have your ticket to finding out information about the car or truck. Every time a vehicle is registered it includes the VIN number. Whenever a vehicle gets into an accident the VIN number is recorded by authorities. If a car or truck owner asks for insurance compensation because their vehicle was damaged in a flood, they have to provide the VIN number. That means you can track the car history simply by tracing when and why the VIN was taken down. This helps you learn a good deal about what the car or truck has been through over the years. Here at USVINData, the VIN number is the first thing we use to try to track down the history when we are putting together the US vehicle report. It forms the basis of the information we provide you.

Looking Up Vehicle History Records On Your Own Is Time Consuming

Some of the information you can get from you could find on your own. Much of it is public data. But looking up that public data can take forever. There are thousands of municipalities around the country that collect information about used cars and trucks. Yes they make their information public. But just think about going to hundreds of websites and looking up a given used car or truck. It would take you forever. Even if you just stuck to the state governments that report information it would still take you a lot of time and effort. If it took you an hour and a half to look up one car or truck, imagine if you were trying to choose between five or six vehicles.

And still that wouldn't give you all the information you need. There are insurance companies to look out for. There are a lot of agencies involved in tracking and tracing used cars and trucks. The headache alone is enough to make you give up.

But has that covered. Our system automatically finds the information from all available sources. Then it combines them all together and produces for you a clean an accurate report. And this is done in seconds or minutes with no effort on your part at all. It's just that simple. You can spend a few minutes comparing the reports you get or you can spend hours or even days trying to find the information you are seeking and still worry about coming up short. A search through gives you the information you need quickly and easily.

Flood Damage Is Easy To Hide

One of the most popular ways for used car salespeople to rip you off is by selling you a vehicle that has been damaged by flooding. The reason is that if a vehicle has flood damage it's easy to hide. You simply clean up the car or truck and it looks fine. It may even drive fine for a while. But that water got into every part of the vehicle. All of the wiring inside was soaking in water. And today's cars and trucks have a lot of wires and computer parts that can be damaged by water.

That means that over time the life expectancy of that car or truck has been considerably lowered – but the damage is not visible to the naked eye. Instead it hides like a rot inside the vehicle. This is why after a flood people contact their insurance companies and are given full value for the car or truck. Many states require that the title be branded after this happens. That means that flood damage is listed on the title as fair warning for anyone who might buy the vehicle.

But other states don't have these laws in effect. Used car dealers will often drive the vehicle to a nearby state and re-register it there. That means that when you look at the title you won't see any information about it being flood damaged. So you buy the vehicle in good faith and then three or four months later it dies on you.

When you do a search with we'll tell you if the car or truck has been reported as having any flood damage. If it has been you know to walk on to another vehicle. This can save you a lot of time, money and heartache down the line. All because you made the right decision and contacted and found out the truth before you ended up buying a waterlogged potential wreck.

The Number Of Owners A Car Or Truck Has Had Tells You A Lot About Its History

We've all heard the story. A used car salesperson tells you that the vehicle was owned by a little old lady who only used it to shop for groceries. It's almost a bad joke, but it comes from a real problem. One of the best ways to tell how good a car or truck is to look at how many people have owned it in the past.

People generally don't want to get rid of perfectly good cars or trucks. In general, if your vehicle is running fine you don't even think about replacing it. That's just common sense. Of course, there are reasons to sell used cars. You may simply have bought a new car and want to get rid of the older one.

But if a car or truck has been sold more than once you have to start asking questions. Did the last person buy this used vehicle and find out that they had been taken to the cleaners? Did a lot of people buy and sell this car or truck after finding out that they have been ripped off? If a vehicle has had three or more owners over the course of its lifetime that's a very bad sign about what kind of shape the car or truck is in. And you can't trust the seller to tell you the truth about how often the vehicle has been bought or sold. But if you just spend a couple minutes on you'll know instantly if the car or truck has been sold multiple times. That's a quick way to know to start looking for a different car or truck.

Being Confident You Are Buying The Right Car Or Truck Feels Good

Buyer’s remorse is a real thing. You make a purchase and a day or a week later you regret it. You may discover problems you didn't notice at first in what you bought. It may let you down. When it comes to buying a used car or truck you want a product that will keep going for several years. If you start noticing problems right away, then you are stuck. You know that the seller is not going to take the vehicle back.

That's why you want to feel as confident as possible when you make your purchase. You want all of the information in your hands to know you are making the right choice for your used car or truck. That's the confident that gives you. You will be able to look at a lot of vehicles. Then you'll get your US vehicle report and be able to do an honest comparison. When you are done you will know you have made the right choice and will be driving the best vehicle you can afford. You'll know if it's been flood damaged. You'll know if it's had a ton of owners. You can be confident it isn't stolen. You'll know you are driving the right car for you.

And that's a great feeling.