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Find Vehicle Owner By VIN

Are you thinking about purchasing a used car? Is there a vehicle parked near your home that no one seems to know who owns it?

One of the easiest ways to verify information about a vehicle is to know how to find a vehicle owner by VIN.

The Vehicle Identification Number will tell you about the make, model, and year of the vehicle and a complete ownership history.

After you collect the VIN, here's what you can do.

1. Use an Online Search History.

There are paid and free options online that will let you see the VIN history of a vehicle.

Most sites that offer this service will make you sign up for an official account.

Many will perform a search for $2.99 or less, but be careful.

Malware and spam are common on these sites, so verify the validity of a business before entering in your credit/debit card information.

2. Oder a VIN Check.

Your local DMV can also perform a VIN check to determine the authenticity of ownership claims.

This is especially important to order locally when purchasing a used vehicle because it will do tow things.

You will know the exact history of the vehicle and law enforcement will be alerted to a VIN check on a stolen vehicle.

If someone doesn't want to give you the VIN, then that's a sale you need to avoid.

3. It Isn't a Used Car Report.

Sometimes a used vehicle report is used as a substitute for a VIN search.

These are not the same things in some jurisdictions.

A used vehicle report will tell you about services rendered on a vehicle and major repairs that happened at a dealership, but it may not offer ownership details.

Still... knowing that a vehicle suffered extensive flood damage is information that is valuable when making a purchase.

Knowing how to find a vehicle owner by VIN essentially means getting the number and then using your preferred search method, either online or in person, to get the report.

Stay away from free offers whenever possible in this industry because the free report may not be authentic and you could get something nasty on your computer or mobile device in return.

Posted on Apr 13, 2015

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