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How do you check the owner of a vehicle by VIN number?

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It is not possible to find out personal information about vehicle owners by conducting a vehicle identification number search. The identity of vehicle owners is protected by the Drivers Privacy Prevention Act, which forbids the sharing of DMV information with third parties without express permission of registered drivers.

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A vehicle history report is a legitimate means to discover background information concerning a specific vehicle, and information revealed in the report includes previous ownership, title history, maintenance issues, accidents and liens. History reports show the number of previous owners, but their names and personal details are not part of the report. Revealing the number of car owners is useful when assessing potential problems with the vehicle. Another reason to order a history report for a vehicle is to check odometer settings, which are sometimes changed by unscrupulous car sellers. VIN information is also used to uncover costly damages such as severe water damage due to a flood.

Vehicle history reports are performed by companies for a fee and are recommended for consumers purchasing used vehicles. The VIN number is essential for conducting background checks and individuals can locate the VIN number by checking the car in several places. A VIN is commonly found on the dash area inside the car, under the hood near the engine or in the driver door jam.

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