Vehicle Title Search
Vehicle title search helps potential car buyers avoid vehicles with branded titles. I do not recommend doing title search
by VIN number at the DMV office. First, it may take plenty of time. Second, and most important, there is no a system that
enables sharing title history data between DMV offices in different states. Consequentially, very often local DMV offices
do not dispose of correct vehicle title history. In some states, like TX, title washing incidents took place within that single state. That's why is preferable to do VIN title search online on website specializing in this procedure and covering all the US states and Canada. Car title search by VIN can be done at AutoCheck or Carfax sites in a matter of minutes. This is the most preferable option because of buy-back warranty these companies provide on vehicles purchased based on their reports. This is a very strong argument in favor of reputability of these reports.
Alternatively, VIN title search can the done at National Motor Vehicle Title Information System site. The reports contain less car history data than typical vehicle history reports. However, if it's just VIN title search you are looking for. NMVTIS report will display title history data collected cross-state. The advantage of such reports is that they are cheaper. However, according to NMVTIS, e cost may vary. The most general costs are $2-$7 per report. However, the final cost depends on the fee set by history data providers. As there are many providers, the costs also vary. If you decide to do limit the data with vehicle title search, make sure you buy the report at a website that sells actual NMVTIS title reports. All these sites are listed at NMVTIS website. If you have serious doubts regarding previous titles of a vehicle, it may be a good idea to start with these reports. If the car passes title search by VIN, you may want to buy a full report. I do not recommend to rely on vehicle title search only because even the absence of branded titles doesn't mean that there are no hidden problems like accidents. In addition, there is one problem associated with auto title search: there is no unified vehicle title branding system in the US, which means that the same branded titles may be given to vehicle with different problems. For example, is some states the term "salvage title" is applied to stolen cars, while in other states, in is given to damaged vehicles with repair costs exceeding 70% of it's value. With such an approach to titling, a great 7-year-old car without a serious damage can be salvaged, being a great deal (granted that the seller positions it as a great salvage car). In this case, you'll need to know for sure what kind if damage it suffered, so full VIN history search is necessary. The same salvage car may be searched by the police, so you need to know so sure what caused salvaging. A tip: if you want to check multiple cars (at least 5 cars), buy an unlimited VIN report from AutoCheck (the option mentioned at the top of the article) and don't waste time and money on other vehicle title searches, even if they are really cheap.
Free VIN title search
There are not many options for free title search. You can only check how many records car VIN search companies have in their databases. If you see many records on a 10-year-old car, you can assume that it had troubles. In all the cases, you'll have to pay at least a few dollars for title search by VIN number.