Car manufacturers seem to be doing their best to protect customers. A hundred of expensive tests and test drives by skilled professionals; another hundreds of checkups and fixes; recalls and post-recall repairing... But the accident rate is still unbearably high.
Not only do people drive carelessly, they often skip double-checking when purchasing cars. A single GMC VIN check could tell drivers the year of manufacture, odometer readings, engine model and characteristics, and the entire car history in five minutes. Why wait if this information saves lives?
Just spot the VIN number, use it in our online form and get the immediate record of all the troubles that can await you ahead (though we hope that your GMC will be out of those troubles). Now, let us see what exactly the vehicle identification number has to tell car buyers.
Data from GMC VIN Number Check
As you probably know, vehicle identifier has seventeen digits. Every digit has its own story to tell. In a nutshell, here is what a typical GMC VIN number check returns:
- The first three digits represent the country of manufacture;
- 4 through 9 stand for the car attributes such as the model and design, component set, and type of the engine.
- Digits 7 through 10 tell more about the model: its year, plant information, and serial number.
However, this is only the basic check. The most interesting part comes when our script starts comparing this data with online (and some of the offline) records about the car with a given VIN. Many things can pop up:
- The car title may be reused for another owner, which is called brand washing, or title fraud.
- It may be on the list of the stolen vehicles, and you'll see a short notice about that.
- It could have gotten a cosmetical repair after being salvaged, which is illegal and can have lethal effects.
- There could have been an odometer roll up. You'll have a chance to compare the supposed mileage indicated by the car seller with the real one.
- The number of owners is also important. However, we don't provide personal information about the car owners.
- If a given GMC has any considerable defects like engine leaking, you'll at least see that it had been recalled.
- Some VIN checks will also give you vehicle photos, and you will definitely see a written record about the color. Pay attention to this detail, as some dealers and sellers use car tuning to conceal the damage.
- The history of accidents will also be available. It's not easy to repair a car after an accident. Besides, accidents can tell you more about the problems of a given vehicle.
- You'll see how and when the car has been registered and when it was last inspected.
Where to find a VIN
The magical number is typically located at the driver's side, either on the bottom part of the windshield or at the door jamb. It may also be found on the firewall. Be attentive to the state of the VIN stickers and prints, as some dealers' fake car identifiers. If you want to double check, look up the car VIN by its license plate number.
Other ways of double-checking
Understandably, all the VIN details are good at supporting your argument with car dealers. But do not forget that, firstly, the VIN itself may be fabricated; and secondly, a discount that is based on car defects still poses a threat to life.
Here is a couple of for those who are not sure about the deal:
- If there is any possibility to choose, prefer a trusted dealer or the one with at least some moderate guarantees.
- Pay extra for taking the car to a professional mechanic or inspect it in your garage. Documents and databases are good, but nothing is more telling than the real details.
Be careful when driving and buying cars!