The information attached to the VIN number of a used car can be found by obtaining a vehicle history report, according to DMV.org. Many online companies, such as Carfax, offer VIN number checks to determine the history of a vehicle, including accidents, recalls and liens.
VIN numbers can also be checked at a local Department of Motor Vehicles office, asserts CarsDirect.com. Assessing the differences of the results from the DMV with the results of a vehicle history report from a reputable company can help a potential buyer decide if the used car is worth the asking price. The 17-character VIN number is used to track a vehicle throughout its lifetime and is written on the registration, title and insurance policy.