When you go to buy a used car at All Star Dodge Ram near Fenton and you are looking through the inventory specials, you might have some questions about some of your favorite models on the lot. One question that we hear on a regular basis is whether or not you should look at the accident history report. This is up to you, of course! However, if you decide you might want to look at it, we wanted to let you know what you would be seeing, where these reports come from, and what they mean.
How do you get it? Using the vehicle identification number (VIN), you can get a detailed report of the car’s history from Carfax or AutoCheck. It’s a quick way to know if you should seriously consider buying this car.
What am I going to find out? Here is some of the important information you’ll learn:
- Does this car have a clean title? If a car’s been in a serious accident, fire or flood, and was “totaled” by the insurance company (declared a total loss) it still might be driveable. However, the insurance company will issue a “salvage title” to alert future buyers. Steer clear of cars with a salvage title because it kills the resale value, and the car might still have hidden problems.
- Serious accidents are reported to the insurance company and will probably be on the vehicle history report.
- It’s nice to think the car you’re interested in was driven to church by a little old lady for its entire life. If you order the report, you’ll know for sure each time it changed hands.
- Some reports show if required maintenance was done on time and where the work was performed.
We hope that you found this information to be helpful, now head to All Star and check out their selection of used car inventory specials!