Used car sales is a tricky business, and not only for those who practice it. The customers find it tricky, too.
Say, you are buying a car that looks like new, works like new, and is reported to be new. Do not trust those claims in a million years.
In a week, it may turn out that this new Dodge had actually had more owners than the customer suspected. One of those owners used the car as a lien, creating the controversy for the new owner.
In two weeks, it will become crystal clear that the odometer had undergone some changes before the car was sold. Which changes, no one can tell, but there is that persistent dizzy feeling that the mileage is higher than reported.
In a month, the need for airbags arises as suddenly as it usually does. But... the airbags are damaged. Poor driver.
We could go on, but the story is already too sad and already too common. There are the states where approximately two thirds of all used cars have undergone odometer tampering. Accidents happen here and there because of manufacturer recalls, but no one cares to repair the recalled vehicles.
The solution? Do not trust the words of auto dealers and get to know as much about the history of a chosen car as you can. All in all, vehicles are already too expensive to pay for repair right after the purchase.
One of the ways to obtain more information about a given car of your favorite model is Dodge VIN check. Let's see how this thing works and how the drivers can use it.
Dodge VIN Number Check
Briefly, VIN is a quick identifier of the car manufacturer, year of production, engine details, and other specs. It consists of 17 characters, each of which bears its piece of information. Our Dodge VIN number check reads those numbers and letters and finds the corresponding information in an extensive database from car dealers, insurers, consumer rights agencies, auctions, theft reports, manufacturers' records and so on. The result is returned to you in minutes.
Once you choose a car, find its VIN number. This is easier than it seems. Here is a list of where to look:
- Get to the driver's side of a car and look at the windshield. The number will be in a corner below, probably near the airbag.
- Check the door, again at the driver's side. There should be a sticker on the jamb. Aside from the 17-digits code, it can have recommendations regarding tire maintenance.
- Las but not least, look at the engine bay. The number is usually put near a firewall, separately, with no additional information.
Next, just insert the number is our engine and wait. If you are already impatient to know more, here is a fun fact: the 10th git may tell you the year of manufacture. A is for 1980 and so on.
Now that you have the results, browse through them and get:
- The title of a car, theft records, notes about the repossessions.
- Damage reports.
- The color, the model, the engine model and manufacturer.
- The country of manufacture, which is telling because European vehicles usually go long way to the used car market.
- Major recalls by manufacturer.
- Accident history.
- Criminal record, if any.
- Et cetera.
Actually, the only thing that is not that easy to get is personal data of car owners. At least, you'll never get it openly on the first try.
Check your Dodge and enjoy the ride!