How to Check Accidents History Without a Seller?


Discovering that used car you’ve bought has been into an accident is not a pleasant fact. Especially if your seller has told you that it has never been into crash and you’ve paid higher than the fair vehicle price. Sellers always try to sell at a higher price and they may not tell buyers all damages happened to the vehicle. So, if they want to prevent all unexpected surprises and pay the fair price instead of taking all sellers tell by the word, they should know 3 ways how buyers can check accidents history of these vehicles themselves.


3 Ways of Checking Car Accidents History Yourself:

  1. Request Department of Motor Vehicles for making a title search: DMV database records all changes in vehicle history including any major damages happened to it. For those vehicles which incurred the cost of repairs exceeding their value before the accident it gives a salvage status. If this car can still operate well and it has incurred inspections of state governmental agencies, it has a rebuilt title. After all, any of them impose a red flag on this vehicle history, thus reducing its price;
  2. Getting Car history check report: Now it is not difficult to ask company like to provide a complete report revealing all accidents happened to a particular vehicle by VIN. Such report will also show whether it was ever used as a taxi or for police purposes, are odometer estimates provided by seller consistent with real mileage, etc. If requesting a history check, buyers see a red flag, they have all rights for demanding a discount;
  3. Request car inspection: Although this procedure is costly and not every seller will agree to invest time in that, inspection will ensure you that all vehicle parts work properly and that you do everything well. Sometimes expertise of your acquainted auto specialist may be enough. So if you invite him at the meeting with car’s seller and ask inspecting it, all red flags will become revealed.


Possible Problems While Inspecting the Car

Even if buyers use all three methods, any of them can provide 100% accuracy. History check can reveal the number of accidents but there are a lot of issues when the car was given a major damage, while it has got only a little scrapping. And if you see that it had minor damage, there is no need to reject buying this vehicle. Another problem is when seller tries to hide something. Buyers can detect deceit but they should use additional services for knowing exact information.

Only ignorant buyers place information about accidents in their advertisings but they can reveal that if you ask. If the seller told that this car didn’t have any injuries but the VIN check identified that it was hurt in accident, you should tell that to buyer and ask whether it is the last unexpected surprise. By his answer you will know whether you can continue the talk in reduction in price direction or you need to close the deal and search for another car instead.


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