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Video: How To Check The Vehicle Service History By VIN
Without exception, all cars visit service throughout their lives - whether it is preventive maintenance, unscheduled repairs of units or the elimination of the consequences of an accident. But unscrupulous sellers of used cars try to hide the unfavorable facts of visits to the service station. How to expose fraudsters and avoid buying a car with a dubious technical reputation? Let's tell.
What are we looking for?
Repair repair - strife. Some can be considered as a definite plus to the car - for example, if they save the potential owner from serious expenses in the future. However, a poorly straightened bodywork, corrosion at repair sites, or deployed airbags can quickly ruin the enjoyment of owning a car. As well as carelessly - "for sale" - a repaired engine.
Not to mention the very sad cases - when, after a serious accident, the car is literally assembled from two. Here problems more terrible than corrosion arise - after all, such a car is outlawed and, having found such a "repair", the traffic police cancels its registration. At best, the car will be allowed to be sold for parts.
The pitfalls of a future purchase should be tried to be identified with a thorough examination and diagnosis. But it may not come to the inspection - it is enough to check the history of repairs on electronic databases.
Where to look for traces of repairs?
Car body repairs are inextricably linked with the history of its accidents. Therefore, be sure to look for the facts of an accident by VIN-code or license plate of the car - in the databases of the traffic police and insurance companies. We have already written how to do this. After all, a vehicle restored after an accident can become a big problem, whether it is at least three times legally clean and visually attractive.
However, not every accident is documented - for example, if its participants agreed "amicably" or the second victim was an unnamed tree, then there may not be any papers or records in the databases.
The traffic police does not record the fact of repairs after an accident, but such information is carefully kept by official dealers and large service centers. And in insurance companies, if one of the participants in an accident went there, at least they make a calculation of the cost of repairs - and these figures also do not disappear without a trace!
The matter, it would seem, is small - to find all this data on the Internet by entering the VIN code or other vehicle identifiers in the appropriate form. But in reality, not everything is so simple.
Is the VIN real?
Anyone with experience of buying cars on the secondary market will advise: before you go to watch the car you like, check it on electronic databases. Including service history. And only then, if nowhere were facts discrediting the reputation of the machine found, you can go to watch the potential purchase live.
But this method does not always work. If the game is worth the candle, then the scammers do not hesitate to indicate in the advertisement for the sale a fake VIN-code - from another, very similar, but more successful car. So the true history of the car is sometimes revealed only after a personal meeting with the seller - so do not forget to check the VIN on the body with the one indicated in the ad when inspecting. And if there is a discrepancy, be sure to check the car again. Or immediately refuse to buy - it is not without reason that the seller tried to deceive you.