Do car dealers provide you with a free car history report?

There is no law mandating that dealerships selling new and used cars must provide a free car history report. It's a dealership decision. Some, you'll find, will voluntarily provide a free VIN Check on a used car, while others won't.

If a free vehicle history report is not offered, it is in your best interest to order one on your own before making a decision. The process is easy and takes but minutes. By submitting the VIN from the car you're considering, you'll receive an extensive background report providing the following information:
  • Previous owners
  • Accident history
  • Odometer reading
  • Lemon history
  • Emissions inspections results
  • Salvage titles (if any)
  • Titling and registration information
  • Hail or flood damage
  • Previous use (taxi, rental, police)
With the report you'll be able to keep the seller honest.

You'll find a long list of vehicle history report companies on the Internet. All will provide the same information, but the reputable companies will provide you with a thoroughly researched report, derived from a massive database of sources, taken from thousands of North American police departments, collision shops, motor vehicle offices and auto auctions.

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