Why Vehicle History Reports Are so Important

Buying a used car can be a little like dating. You see a cute car online and find that it has great mileage, a new coat of paint and hasn't been in any major accidents. You then decide to meet up with the car to see what it looks like in person and if you like it well enough to commit to it long term. The only problem is that – as with dating – you’re kind of trusting a complete stranger to be totally honest with you. It can be a confusing and stressful time, but car shoppers have one arsenal up their sleeves that daters don’t: the vehicle history report. So what’s the deal with these imperative pieces of automotive data? Below we break down what exactly is inside a vehicle history report and why they're so important to your car buying experience.

What’s in a Vehicle History Report?

1) Title Information – shows if the car has been “branded” for salvage due to a serious accident

2) Lemon History – has the car been reported under a state’s “lemon law”?

3) Full Accident History – provides full history of accidents and repair work

4) Number of Titles – shows the car’s ownership history

5) Mileage Verification – helps determine if the car’s odometer has been rolled back or tampered with

VHRs even show the results of state emissions inspections and warranty dates. 

How do I get a Vehicle History Report?

Most VHR’s are available online via several providers for a small fee – we like Carfax – by searching their site using the car’s VIN number. If you’re buying your used car from a Hyundai dealership in Phoenix, then most dealers will provide a full vehicle history report for free, especially if you’re purchasing a Certified Pre-owned car.

What do I do with the information?

Once you have your VHR, you’ll then have to decide whether or not you can live with any damage or possible repair work the car may need. To help make the process just a little bit easier, we recommend going through a dealer when shopping for a used Hyundai car in Phoenix. Dealers offer history reports to confirm the health and functionality of the car, while it's up to you to confirm the health of a car when buying from an individual seller.

As you can see, having a full history on the car your about to buy is imperative so you can be sure you're getting a good car for your money. At Camelback Hyundai, we offer full vehicle history reports on all our used vehicle stock. Stop in today and check out why Phoenix residents continue to make Camelback Hyundai their Phoenix Hyundai dealer of choice.