What’s Lurking in your Vehicle History Report (1)
If you consider buying a used car from a dealer or private seller, the first thing to do is get as much information about the car as you can. You may take the vehicle to a test drive and do a visual inspection, however, the vehicle may have such problems that you won’t be able to see from the first sight or notice during the test drive. One of the best ways to know what you’re getting is a vehicle history report prepared by a third party.
A vehicle history report typically includes information from state DMVs (Departments of Motor Vehicles) and RMVs (Registry of Motor Vehicles) as well as police reports and other sources and can give you a comprehensive overview of where the car’s been.
When you get a history report on a vehicle look out for the following:
Watch out the vehicles that had many owners. The more garages a car’s been in, the less likely it’s been lovingly cared for all its life. Not everyone is as responsible about car care as you are. Never buy rental used cars and former taxis, because they will often have problems, although they tend to be quite inexpensive.