A crucial step in any used car purchase is getting a vehicle history report. It’s like a window into the car’s past, providing a wealth of material so you can make an informed decision about whether to buy the vehicle and how much you should pay for it.
What Information Is Included in a Vehicle History Report?
Information is typically included in an OTOFACTS vehicle history report are:
Accident data can be very general, simply stating that a collision occurred; or it can be very detailed, including all of the damages the vehicle sustained, where the damages were located, and whether or not the airbags were deployed.
In addition to accidents, vehicle history reports can also reveal damage from other sources like hail, fire, floods, and more.
Fire and flood damage are of particular concern for your vehicle’s trade-in value, since they can often result in safety problems, electrical issues, and other complications down the road that require significant repairs.
There are several different “brands” that can be applied to a vehicle’s title depending on how it has been used over its lifetime.
If a car has been totaled in an accident, its title will be branded as a salvage title. This means an insurance company declared the car a total loss, and then it was later rebuilt and put back on the road and retitled.
Titles can also be branded due to excessive damage by flood, fire, or hail. If your car has been recalled due to lemon laws, it may have a branded title. Some situations that cause excessive wear and tear, such as being registered as a taxi or police vehicle, can also result in a branded title.
Sales and Ownership Information
The sales and ownership history of a vehicle show the very first time it was purchased after it was manufactured, followed by every transaction where it has been bought or sold for the rest of its lifetime.
Cars with only one owner tend to bring higher sales prices and trade-in values than cars with many past owners. In some cases, cars have been frequently bought, sold, and retitled in different states in an attempt to hide negative data from vehicle history reports.
Over the course of its lifetime, a car’s mileage (or odometer reading) is documented at several different times. Mileage is recorded during state inspections, state registrations, some service appointments, and anytime the car changes hands to a new owner.
Obviously, it’s a major red flag if a car’s current mileage is lower than the mileage listed on its vehicle history report. An illegal tactic called “rolling back” the odometer is sometimes used by scammers who want to reduce a vehicle’s mileage in order to get a higher price.
Recall Notices and Repairs
It’s not uncommon for vehicles to be recalled due to safety and performance issues. A vehicle history report will show whether or not the particular vehicle has been involved in any recalls, and if so, whether or not the required repairs have been made to resolve the underlying issue.
How to Check Your Vehicle History Report
The easiest way to check your vehicle history report is to use OTOFACTS.COM to do so. OTOFACTS currently provides vehicle history checks for used vehicles imported from the UK, Japan, USA and all vehicles registered in Malaysia too!!
To request your vehicle history report, you will need to enter your vehicle identification number (or VIN), select country the used car is from, select report package and pay.
Your VIN can often be found on the driver’s side dashboard – where the dash meets the windshield – or on the driver’s side door post, near where your door latches when it closes.
How much does Vehicle History Report cost?
Below are the reports provided by OTOFACTS from multiple countries, with different packages and costs.
Prices for Japan Vehicle History Reports and Japan Auction Sheets
Prices for UK Vehicle History Reports
Prices for USA Vehicle History Reports
Prices for Malaysian Reports