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How do I check this car? Ever find yourself asking this question? Chances are if you were ever in the market for a used vehicle, this is something you asked yourself. And it's a very good question indeed.

You might think that the very first step when it comes to how to check a car is to bring it to a mechanic, or perhaps take it for a test drive. Although those are two things you definitely need to do before you decide to buy the vehicle, you can save yourself the time and the money by running a vehicle history report first.

Why first? Well, for starters, the report will tell you quickly and concisely whether or not this car is worth buying in the first place. I mean, why spend money for a mechanic to give it a once over when the report will tell you the car was junked twice? Why risk a test ride on the highway when you could find out there were multiple mechanic failures in the past?

So, if you want to go about it the right away, and check this car out, start with the vehicle report.

Just enter the VIN below to begin:


To make it easier for you, we've broken down what you need to do to get started so all of the guesswork is gone:

1. Get the VIN, or vehicle identification number, from the current car owner, whether it's a dealer, a friend, family member or neighbor. Even if you trust the person 100%, it's always better to be safe than sorry.

2. Go to a trusted resource for vehicle history reports, such as the one featured on this page. Companies such as this have been around for a long time, and have access to the most comprehensive vehicle databases.

3. Next on the how to check car list, decide whether you want to run one report or multiple reports. If you think you're going to look at a number of different cars before deciding (which most people do) then opt for the multiple reports. That way you can keep coming back and plugging in new VINs to check.

4. Once you decide which report option to choose, enter your VIN and see what comes up. Then, look through the report (which is emailed to you and/or appears onscreen) and see if there are any red flags. There are dozens of potential problems, but some of the more important ones are major accident, fire damage, total salvage and odometer tampering.

5. If you see a serious problem, move on to the next car. You don't want to get stuck with a vehicle that you have to put thousands of dollars into, or worse, one that's downright dangerous to drive.

So there you have it. How do I check this car? With an auto history report of course. That's the best, quickest and cheapest way to find out if you've found a winner or a loser!

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