Philadelphia, PA - As practice shows, more than 75% of vehicles on sale have had an accident at least once. However, the seller often hides this fact so as not to lose money. Therefore, before making a deal, it is recommended to check the vehicle for an accident. How to do that? Read below.
How to Find out if a Car has Been Involved in an Accident?
If you decide to buy a used auto, be sure to do the CA DMV VIN check of the selected vehicle in advance. So, you will avoid unnecessary showups (which is especially important if the vehicle is located in another region) or you can bargain based on the results of the check. You can find out if the car was in an accident by VIN or state registration number online. Besides, you will get other information:
- number of owners;
- the presence of failures;
- hijacking events;
- history of fines;
- valid insurance, etc.
With all this data, it will be much easier to make a choice.
Why Is It Important to Check Your Car for Accidents?
It is necessary to check a car for getting into an accident not only because you do not want to overpay for a broken vehicle. Deception is an unpleasant matter, but it may take place even on such sites as What Car or Autotrader. One thing is just a painted bumper, another thing is if the car has been in a serious accident, or the geometry of the body has not been completely restored, and therefore its structure is weakened. The machine can fail on the move. It may not activate the airbags in an accident. Therefore, checking a car before buying is the first and most essential necessity. Read Michael’s story to make sure:
“Two years ago I bought a car. When we started an inspection with the seller, it was already dark outside. I did not know how to check the car. I saw that the car was broken at home. There were hidden damages - the gearbox and the left side of the auto were broken. During the ride, the crackling of the suspension was heard. The seller said he had not known about the damage. I am the third owner according to the documents, so I found and contacted the first owner. He said that he had sold the car to a reseller in very bad condition. I really wanted to return the money, but the reseller was missing.”
As you can see, it is really important to make sure that your future auto hasn’t been damaged in the accident. To do that, you can simply check the auto by VIN number. Good luck!