Are you shopping for a used vehicle?
Before you make your final decision on a new or used car, you may want to purchase or ask for a vehicle history report. The vehicle history reports give you a clear look at what you’re buying, telling you things that you can’t necessarily see with your eyes.
Thanks to improved recording keeping and the power of the Internet, you can look up a car’s VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) to see whether or not you’re getting stuck with a lemon.
Top 3 Reasons to Get a Vehicle History Report
- Vehicle Damage: There’s only so much you can tell about what a car has been through and how well it’s been taken care of just by looking at it. Unfortunately, you can’t always depend on a private seller to share the complete history of the car. A vehicle history report will give you details on any accidents the car has been in and the extent of the damage. It will also list all professional maintenance done on the car.
- Mileage Verification: One thing to watch out for when you’re looking at a used vehicle is whether or not the mileage seems too good to be true. While it’s illegal to change a car’s odometer reading, sometimes sellers will roll it back to increase the value of the car. Mileage is recorded when a vehicle is registered and also whenever it’s in the shop for maintenance, so by looking at the mileage listings on the vehicle history report, you can make sure no one has tampered with the odometer reading.
- Ownership History: Something else the report will tell you is how many owners the vehicle has had, how long they kept it for, and in what areas of the country it was driven. Knowing this information will give you a better idea of the life expectancy of the car.
Vehicle history reports are a great place to start when making sure the used vehicle you’re looking at is going to last, but it’s also important to get the vehicle checked out by a local ASE-certified technician.
Lastly, since there are so many variables and unknowns when buying a used vehicle, it’s important to purchase one from a seller you trust. At Bryant Motors, we want to make sure you’re getting a dependable used vehicle that’ll keep you on the road.
Check out our inventory of used vehicles online, or stop by our Sedalia dealership today to let us help you find your next great ride.