If you are buying a used vehicle from a dealer or private seller, you want to make sure that you are getting your money’s worth in quality. For someone inexperienced in cars and engines, it can be very easy to get fooled into spending money on a ‘lemon’ – a car whose defects become obvious after purchase.
In order to avoid becoming prey to such an instance, order a Washington vehicle history report if you are purchasing your vehicle in this state. This is a comprehensive document which can be obtained from the Department of Motor Vehicles upon providing the vehicle identification number of the car you are interested in buying. It contains a large amount of information about the vehicle’s past usage, owners, and comments from insurance companies on repairs and refurbishing jobs, and offers the buyer a great deal of protection in a transaction.
The Washington vehicle history report is specific for all vehicles that are registered in the state. A prospective buyer can read through the report to find out exactly how many owners the car has previously had, as well as the states in which the car was registered. In addition to the names and states of the owners, you can also use the report to find out if the vehicle in question was ever used for public transit, like a rental or as a cab. These are all important facts if you want to buy a used car that has not transferred too many hands or been used very roughly at any time. The report also lists all the repairs and insurance claims made against the vehicle, including any points when the car was declared a total loss by the insurance company. A car with a bad history is not a good thing to invest in.
You can use the Washington vehicle history report as a means of verifying all the information that the seller provides you regarding the vehicle. If something does not add up, follow up with appropriate questions to clarify the situation for yourself. If there is still any doubt, you should reconsider the purchase.