Whether you are buying a new or used car in North Carolina, vehicle history report is essential to determining the quality of your purchase. You would never want to invest in a vehicle which has suffered extensive damage or has any other defects. The vehicle history report offers the buyer protection against potential fraud or lemons.
You can obtain a copy of your North Carolina vehicle history report by providing the vehicle identification number to the Department of Motor Vehicles along with a certain fees. Contained within the report is a complete background of the vehicle you are interested in buying. The document lists the number of titles the car has had, indicating the number of previous owners. It also tells you the individual state that each title came from, which tells you how many miles it has travelled and can be used to probe for particular defects in the car. For instance, in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, many flood-damaged cars were repaired and passed through multiple owners rapidly in order to conceal the defects and make a sale. This resulted in many buyers getting shortchanged, and resulted in stricter car checks.
Additionally, the vehicle history report also contains information on the car’s involvement in accidents in the past, including points in time when it was written off by insurance companies as a total loss. Because of the Vehicle Identification Number included on the report, you can find also find the last recorded odometer reading as well as a description of the car’s make, model and year of manufacture. You can verify the seller’s claims against the information on the report; even the slightest discrepancy should be thoroughly pursued and cleared.
A thorough North Carolina vehicle history report covers up to 30 different sources of problems with the vehicle in question. All major events are listed in chronological order, which makes them easy to follow and point out anomalies. While reading through the whole document may take some time, the report can help you make a well-informed decision on purchasing the car and negotiate with the seller for a better price.