How to Know if Your Car History Report Is Accurate and Reliable


Buying used cars is a common thing and many people do so. However, the possibility of getting a stolen vehicle is also quite high. How would you know that the car that you are buying is a stolen one or not? In addition to this, even if the car is not a stolen good but the owner is selling it to you, how would you know that whether the owner is telling you the truth or not.

People often lie about their things when they are trying to sell them. The owner might lie to you about the traveled distance. Or he might not tell you if the car has been in an accident. As a result of this, you won’t even know about its service history and many more things. But all of this information is necessary because you are going to pay according to it.

If there was an accident, you can get quite a lower price. However, this is not the case if the seller is not telling you the truth. Therefore, the only solution for the mental satisfaction of buyers is to show the car history report.

There are online platforms like that provide you with history reports of cars. All you need to provide them with is the 17 digit VIN number and pay the price. If you have to VIN number, you have to pay only $5.89. But if you want to get the report through Rego, the price is a little higher, $9.89.

What does the report tell you?


The information that you will get through the history report include;

1. Financial check

It will tell you about the encumbrance records and any finance owing. Furthermore, the financial check will also check for the details of secured parties and the contact information.

2. Stolen records

The report will also include the status of stolen records. This will check if there was any theft record or if the VIN records have been stolen. Moreover, this record will also include information about engine and number plates theft cases.

3. Details about the vehicle

Apart from critical reports and records, the car history report will also tell you about the other details. This includes the VIN number, its classification and also the body type of the car. In addition to this, it will also check for the making of the vehicle, its model number and year. The engine number and compliance plate details will also be there in the report.

4. Checking the written offs


The history report will include all the repairable write-offs and inspections. Furthermore, if there was any case of damage through natural disasters like floods or storms, it will be in that report. Likewise, any damage through collisions will be available for you too.

5. Registration details

One of the most important things is the information about the registration. This includes the plate number and the expiration date of the registration. Furthermore, this also includes the details of the state and territory of registration. So in case, you need to check something or want to change something, you will know where to go.

What if the seller provides you with a report?

Surely, you can go through the process and get the report of the history of the car you are buying. But what if the seller already has the report? What will you do now? You cannot say that you would not admit that. So what if the option that you have now?

There are only two possibilities.

The first one is to accept the presented report and agree with the seller. But you might not do this. Because you will always be in doubt about the truth.


The second way is to get the VIN or Rego information from the seller and get the report by yourself. At least with this, you would be able to rest assured about everything.

But this cannot ensure that the report that you have in your hands is factual or not. If you are a doubtful person, you will even doubt the report. Because how can you accept the report from an online platform?

But don’t worry, they have the resources and they are getting their fee to do the job. Therefore, their report will be authentic. But if you want to make sure about everything, check for these things;

1. The odometer reading


You have your report and seller’s report in your hand. Check the numbers of the odometer reading. Now check the odometer. If the numbers do not match on your report and odometer, you will know that the seller is lying. Odometer records all the readings that a car has traveled in its life. The only way for the number to change is to tamper with the meter.

Therefore, if the reading is significantly different in two places, you should ask the seller about it. If he is not the first owner, it is possible that the previous owners did something with the meter. Either way, you will know the truth. If it’s not a serious issue, you can talk about reducing the price. Otherwise, just check all the other details too.

2. Previous history

The past of the car is very important. You can ask the seller about it and check if he is telling the truth or not. So what will you check through it? If the car was ever under rental use, the report will tell you about it. Thus, you will know if the seller is trustworthy or not.

You should never buy rental cars if you are going to use them for personal purposes. Why would a rental company sell their car? Of course, when the car is demanding too much maintenance. This will also be a burden on you.