A relatively simple way to check a vehicle registration for free is to ask the person or dealership selling it for a vehicle history report. You can also consult websites such as CarFax.com and MotoSnoop.com, though you need the Vehicle Identification Number to generate the report.
Because dealers are eager to sell their vehicles to consumers, you can express interest in purchasing a vehicle and politely ask the dealer for a free vehicle history report. The dealer may order such a report or already have the information available on site to give to prospective buyers.
If purchasing the car from a private seller, ask him to provide a free vehicle history report to verify the accuracy of the vehicle description. He can generate such a report through CarProof.com, CarFax.com and MotoSnoop.com. If you have the car's Vehicle Identification Number, you may use these websites to generate the report.
For MotoSnoop.com, enter the Vehicle Identification Number, click Submit, and register for a free account, and you can then view the vehicle's history. For CarFax.com, register for a free account, and then look up vehicles by VIN or license plate. Registration also allows you to access reports that have been recently generated by sellers and dealers, and you may request a CarFax report directly from a dealer.