What to Look for in a Vehicle History Report

March 30th, 2018 by

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Buying a used car is one of the best decisions you can make when you’re looking to save money on a quality, reliable vehicle. With modern standards in place, most used cars you’ll find will last you quite a while, but there are still quite a few factors you need to consider before making your purchase.

The best way to tell how a used car will perform is with a vehicle history report. These handy reports detail the vehicle’s history, including past owners, accidents and more. The mere presence of a history report is a great sign, but you deserve only the best. Learn what to look for in a vehicle history report and discover how you can find a car you can count on.

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Previous Owners

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One of the best ways to tell the quality of a car is to look at how many previous owners it’s had. Seeing an older car with one or two previous owners is generally a good sign showing that the car performed well enough for drivers for quite a while. However, you may run into newer cars that have had a dozen owners. This means people were frequently dissatisfied with its performance.

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When a vehicle has been through multiple owners in a short time period, you can be virtually certain that it hasn’t been getting the proper maintenance it needs. Without a history of maintenance, the car is far less likely to last or perform as you’d expect.


This may seem like common sense, but mileage might be the best indicator of a car’s value. Vehicles with a higher mileage will be worth less than those with lower mileage. Vehicles wear down over time and become less reliable, but mileage doesn’t necessarily correspond with what you’d expect from a model’s year.

Put simply, if a history report shows that a vehicle gained a lot of mileage in a short time, it’s probably going to be in worse shape. Maintenance schedules are typically put in terms of time and mileage, but many only go by the time. This can be particularly troublesome if the vehicle belonged to someone who drove a lot, like a traveling salesman. That kind of vehicle is more likely to have mechanical problems due to wear and tear.

Accidents and Thefts

Used Car FinancingEvery accident and theft should be in the history report and knowing these events is essential. Accidents do more damage to a vehicle than wear and tear ever could. Bad repairs can also cause you trouble down the road, so you should check where the car was repaired after any accidents. Some accidents are very severe and may lead to an accident later on that can cause a medical problem in the result of an accident.

Past thefts pose a different kind of problem for any car. In most cases, when a car is stolen, some of its parts are sold or otherwise tampered with. A detailed report of past theft can reveal if the car is currently using parts of lower quality than the manufacturer builds with.

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