Free VIN, or vehicle identification number, checks are available, as of 2015. Every automobile made has a stamped series of letters and numbers, similar to the Social Security number of an American citizen, to identify it for the duration of its use and thereafter.
CARFAX offers free VIN checks on a site called LemonCheck.com. It features a landing page equipped with a search bar to enter the VIN of the specific vehicle. Once entered, the site displays information specific to the requested vehicle.
In cases of a free VIN check, a consumer receives only basic information. Detailed vehicle reports are available for a fee.