The key to having a good buying experience at an auto auction is knowing what you’re getting, and getting what you want. But how can you do that if most of the vehicles’ history is hidden and every time at the auction you are asking yourself questions like: “what if I get myself a huge drag instead of a new car?” Luckily, the salvage auction industry is growing up rapidly and continuously develops more and more solutions for comfortable car shopping. Today, we’re offering two different car verification procedures: a vehicle inspection and a VIN number check.
At most auctions, consumers are encouraged to obtain an independent vehicle inspection to ensure the desired car does not have hidden damage. For instance, at Copart, you can order third-party vehicle inspections by Advantage Equipment Inspections. Professional mechanics will check fluids for leaks, contaminants, milky oil, water, provide an assessment of the interior and exterior damage, and detect improper maintenance or poor repair. In addition, you’ll be provided photos that will help you determine if the vehicle’s condition fits your needs and what’s its real cost.
However, there are some car issues that cannot be identified even by the most experienced car inspectors. That’s why a crucial step in any used car purchase is getting a title check that can protect you from buying a stolen vehicle with a tampered VIN or a car with a lien against it. ClearVin reports provide you with thorough information that no one can get from a visual inspection, or even a test drive, including title and brand history, insurance claims, theft, lien and export records, and much more. All you need is a VIN number and a reliable VIN decoder to open a window into the car’s past and pull a breadth of material so you can make an informed decision and avoid any possible issues.
It goes without saying that getting a VIN history report and ordering a vehicle inspection both are the best way to get the information needed to determine the vehicle’s condition and real value, to make the most informed purchase and confident choice. Read our next article to be 100% sure about your NMVTIS data provider.