How To Check A Car’s Title

When you are car shopping, most people will research the vehicle, either online or in person; they will look and see how many miles it has and they will drive it to see how comfortable it is. What many people miss is checking the history of the vehicle. While the vehicle may seem like it is in exceptional running condition with little or no strange noises; you need to know where the vehicle came from, how many miles have been reported on it and if it has ever been in an accident or has had a recall. Checking the title should be one of the first things you do when you are buying a new or used vehicle, even if the odometer states that the miles are exceptionally low. Rod Baker Ford strives to offer their customers comprehensive title checks on all vehicles they sell so the customer can see that the vehicles they offer are of the highest possible quality.

How to Check the Title

There are a few places that offer title checks on vehicles. The best way to find out is to go to a Carfax website or similar site that allows you to put the VIN number into their database which will spit out all of the results. The report is easy to obtain although there are times when you may have to pay a small fee to get the report; most consumers agree, however; that the small price they pay is well worth it, especially if it saves them from purchasing the wrong vehicle. If you do not want to go this route, some states also allow you to call the local vehicle licensing department to make sure that the title does not have any issues on it.

What do Title Checks Do?

The title check can provide a number of functions. The most widely used and known function is that of checking to see if the vehicle has been in an accident. This is important because you need to know if there has been any structural damage to the frame and also if the title has been issued as rebuilt or salvage as most lenders will not lend on these vehicles and they are very difficult to insure. Other things that the title check will show the consumer includes mileage checks, to ensure that the odometer has not been tampered with, past service records when the vehicle has been at a reporting shop and if there have been any recalls, past or present that the buyer should be aware of. These reports are the buyers best friend as they can show you if the vehicle is a smart purchase or if it is something that you will regret in the long run. Before you make your next vehicle purchase, be sure to run a title check before you check anything else.

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