How does a free used car title search find a
lemon, salvaged or other junked used car?
About this Website
We are an association of consumer advocates that are sick and tired of the
dirty business practices of used auto dealers. We offer free
car fact checks to avoid rip-offs.
We outline ways for working class Americans to avoid buying lemons, suffering
financial loss and excess emotional distress at the hands of a greedy used
Find a VIN Number
You can find your vehicle's VIN number from the car itself. A VIN is visible
on the lower right hand (driver's side) corner of the dash when looking
through the front windshield. The VIN is need for used
car fact reports. The VIN is also printed inside the drivers door on
the frame. You may also find the VIN on registrations, titles and proof
of insurance cards.
Buying a used car is for most of us the second largest investment we
will make in our lifetime, next to our home. When choosing the right used
car, we believe that you should know all the facts by both checking the
used cars title and having it inspected by a professional. If you haven't
found the right used car yet, here's a quick guide to help you through
the whole buying process.
Choosing the right used car
Choosing the type of used car you want and need is a very personal decision.
Sport utility? Truck? Family Sedan? Sport Coupe? Convertible? Performance?
There are several very good buying guides and magazines available to help
you make that decision. They have a good section of used car reviews from
selected manufacturers dating as far back as 1991. It's always a good
idea to do your homework and do some research on the type of used car
your looking for.
Knowing what it's worth
Once you've picked out the type of used car you want, this is when the
fun starts. We recommend that you compare the prices of several similar
used cars in your vicinity to get a feel for the prices ranges and to
make sure that the used car you are looking at falls within the ballpark.
If you don't know much about used car prices, find a price guide. Spend
the couple bucks for the price guide and you might save hundreds or even
thousands when buying a used car. Get a Free
Car Title Search and save money.
Finding your used car
Finding your used car is becoming easier all the time. There are a growing
variety of sources where you can find used cars for sale. One of the more
renown and reputable sources is the Trader publications. They are all
available for viewing online at autotrader.com.
There are several reasons why knowing the used car's title is crucial.
The more informed you are about the used car you're considering for purchase,
the more confident you'll be with your purchase decision. As a buyer,
you have a right to know the complete title of the used car for sale.
Has it been written-off, junked, salvaged, scrapped or destroyed? Was
it rebuilt or stolen? Is the mileage accurate or has the odometer reading
been tampered with? Could it be a lemon? Was it a rental used car or a
taxi? According to a recent Consumer
Reports Special Report, about half of the annually estimated 2.5 million
used cars totalled each year in North America are sold at salvage auctions,
rebuilt and put back on the road.
An used car title search combined with a thorough mechanical inspection
provides the answers, gives you peace of mind, and can help you avoid
problem used cars.
A proper inspection can save you a lot of headaches down the road. Sometimes
it takes more than just kicking the tires or checking under the hood to
see if a used car is in good shape. Be sure that you get the inspection
done by a reputable and honest service / inspection station. Have them
lift the used car up on a hoist and look for any signs of accident damage
and leaks, this could uncover any unsearched damages and wear that may
not appear on a used car title search.
Along with an used car title search and an expert inspection, there's
a few more things that should all be considered when making a purchase
decision. Such as getting a car history
report before making a decision.
Who are you buying from?
Is the used car on a dealer lot or is it being sold privately? There's
a common perception that buying from a dealer is much safer than buying
privately. In a lot of cases, that can be true because the dealer, when
taking in a trade, will generally check for salvage title to make sure
that they are not getting ripped off themselves. Plus, a lot of dealers
will do thorough inspections on site for their own protection as well
as yours. But unfortunately a large number of the used cars on any used
car lot are usually not from trade-ins, but rather purchased at auction
with an often unknown title. It's always a good idea to find out from
the dealer where the used car originated and ask them for an used car
Buying privately can sometimes be riskier, but at the same time you
now have the opportunity to find out some facts. Find out why the owner
is selling the used car. Get any available service records and damage
searchs. No matter who you're buying from, remember to always get a used
car title search.
Are there any outstanding
liens? Conducting your due diligence by performing a lien search before buying
a used car is no different than finding out if a house has a mortgage
on it before purchasing it. Knowing if there is a secured 3rd interest
on the used car is a definite must. According to Ron Giblin, former vice
president of the Insurance Crime Prevention Bureau (ICPB) and CEO of Lien
Quest, "The stolen and embezzled used car industry costs the used
car industry about $1 billion a year in Canada." Any party with secured
interest on the used car often has the right to collect by any means necessary,
including repossession, no matter who the current owner is. When a used
car is brought to another jurisdiction (sold to someone in another province
or state), litigation can be quite costly to prove that it was purchased
under the notion that no liens were outstanding. Even then, the chances
of getting the original perpetrator to pay off the lien are slim, "Someone
is going to pay somewhere down the line," Giblin said. "The
last guy on the totem pole gets stuck with the bill."
Are there any outstanding
For you and your passengers safety, it's always a good idea to find out
if there are any outstanding recalls on your used car. Online databases
such as www.nhtsa.dot.gov has recall information of all used car makes
and models. A used car report may also
provide important information.
Protection & Security
for you and your used car
After you've taken all the necessary steps to ensure that you make the
right buying decision and you have full confidence in your purchase, we
recommend that you protect your new investment. Any used car could at
any time suffer from breakdowns and is vulnerable to theft.
These days the prices for automobile repairs have skyrocketed making
it a virtual necessity to have extended warranty coverage. There are a
lot of companies offering various extended warranty plans, some are good
and some are not so good.
While a good extended warranty can save you thousands in the event of
a breakdown, it cannot protect your used car from theft. Law enforcement
agencies and insurance companies agree that one of the best anti-theft
protection systems is VINGuard's
proven window etching system.