Check the VIN number on a vehicle by running it through a history report or calling the Department of Motor Vehicles. The Department of Motor Vehicles will have general information in regards to title ownership; however, a vehicle history report will contain more in-depth details in regards to any accidents or police reports.
Vehicle history reports may require a fee. Use the following instructions to obtain a vehicle history report.
- Find a VIN checker
- Input the VIN
Locate a VIN checker, such as the one found on the CARFAX website.
Enter all the characters found in the VIN into the search bar and wait for the results.
Call the Department of Motor Vehicles to check whether or not the title of the VIN in question is updated, salvaged or clean. Any other details of the car will require a vehicle history report.