Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Vehicle History Check

F.A.Q. for VinInspect

What is a VinInspect Vehicle History Report?

A VinInspect Vehicle History Report provides an easy-to-understand readout about your potential vehicle purchases. Composed from numerous databases across the United States, your report will include:

  • Service records to ensure you know how well-maintained previous owners kept any vehicle you are considering purchasing
  • Ownership records to inform you if any vehicles you are interested in have ever served as a taxi or rental
  • Accident checks to ensure vehicles you are interested in have not been involved in total loss or other incidents
  • Salvage title notification to make certain you do not purchase a vehicle that was stolen; was damaged in a wreck, fire, or flood; or is unsuitable for driving
  • Vehicle registration checks to tell you where your potential vehicle was previously
  • Stolen vehicle notification to avoid purchasing a vehicle that was stolen to help you avoid legal entanglements
  • Vehicle recall notifications to prevent you from buying a vehicle that requires repairs of open recalls
  • Airbag deployment indications that may have been the result of serious accidents
  • Photos for you to see the vehicles you are interested in buying

Vehicle History Report

Your VinInspect Vehicle HIstory Report will provide you with an easy-to-read summary that neatly compiles valuable data to help guide you through the buying process. The information we will supply you with comes from several official sources to ensure your report is as accurate and up to date as possible. Records that we provide in your Vehicle History Report include:

  • Recall information
  • Odometer readings
  • Repair history
  • Service history
  • Accident history
It will definitely help. VinInspect Vehicle History Reports will provide you with knowledge about vehicles that you likely wouldn’t have otherwise. Ultimately, this will assist you in determining whether you should spend your money. Knowing if the vehicle you are interested in has been scrapped, was in any accidents, or was stolen is certainly beneficial. Armed with a wealth of information, you will certainly be better positioned to make smarter purchases.
We compile information vital to your purchasing decisions from several official sources to give you as many details as possible. Typically, VinInspect Vehicle History Reports contain:
  1. Number of previous owners
  2. Registration information
  3. Vehicle use history (rental, taxi, lease, etc.)
  4. Theft and scrapped reports
  5. Age of vehicle
  6. Technical records
  7. Odometer readings/mileage
  8. Title information (junk, salvage, etc.)
  9. Reasons for and results of inspections
  10. Emission Values/CO2/EU Codes

Vehicle Identification Number — VIN

VIN is short for Vehicle Identification Number. Vehicles manufactured after 1980 each have a unique VIN. VINs contain a total of 17 numerals and letters. Like fingerprints, no two VINs are the same. There are three letters that are not used in VINs — I, O, and Q.
There are several typical spots where VINs are located. Usually, you can find your VIN in the driver’s side of the dashboard near where it meets the windshield. If the VIN is not there, other likely spots to see it include under the hood, on the engine, the interior of the driver side door, and the exterior of the driver’s door. Other places where you can find the VIN aside from the physical vehicle include:
  1. Service records
  2. Vehicle registration
  3. Police reports
  4. Insurance policies

Ordering a VinInspect report

Getting a VinInspect Vehicle History Report is simple. Just follow these steps:
  1. Obtain the VIN of the vehicle you are interested in purchasing.
  2. Enter the VIN in the VIN decoder on VinInspect. It is possible that there will be multiple records from which you can choose.
  3. Click to purchase your VinInspect Vehicle History Report or purchase report packages and receive a discounted rate.
  4. Log in to your VinInspect account to review your reports. When you purchase multiple reports, you will have unlimited time for report credit redemption.
You can purchase reports as follows:
  • 1 report - $8.99
  • 4 reports — $25.17
  • 16 reports $86.34
You can pay for VinInspect Vehicle History Reports through PayPal or by credit card (MasterCard, Visa, Discover or American Express).
VinInspect is extremely sensitive to the privacy and security of our clients’ data. We enact stringent security protocols and perform security checks routinely. Additionally, know that we will encrypt your information using Secure Sockets Layer (SSL).

My VinInspect Account and Customer Support

To take advantage of VinInspect Vehicle History Reports, you will need a VinInspect login. To set up your VinInspect account, simply follow these steps:
  • On our homepage, click the “Login” button.
  • Enter your email and password.
Before you do anything else, make sure you have your browser set to allow cookies. Make sure you have typed your password correctly as they are case-sensitive. If neither of these suggestions remedies your issue, please feel free to contact our customer support team so that we can get you up and running.
If you forget your VinInspect password, simply click on the “Forgot Password?” link. When you do, you will be prompted to enter your address. We will then send you an email with a new password.
Once you log in, a “My Account” link will appear in the upper right corner of the website. You can use this link to access your account and change your information.
For prompt service, fill out our contact form or email us at
VinInspect Vehicle History Reports that you purchase are available to you for an unlimited time.
Take as much time as you wish to fulfill any package of reports that you have purchased.
Prior to 1981, 17-digit VINs were not standardized and used by vehicle manufacturers.
While we do everything possible to guarantee that the information we provide is accurate to assist in the buying and selling of vehicles, this information is not certifiably guaranteed. As such, your VinInspect Vehicle History Reports are not likely to be valuable as evidence in a court of law.
Make certain you have entered the VIN correctly. If you have and your vehicle still doesn’t show up, it is possible that the vehicle was never in the United States or was a new car directly exported. If the vehicle you are researching was manufactured prior to 1981, it will not be possible to create a VinInspect Vehicle History Report.
Customer Reviews

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