What Are Some Reasons to Use a VIN Lookup at the DMV?

Looking up a VIN number at a DMV gives valuable information, such as sale and ownership history, accident history, liens, damage from floods, improper odometer settings and whether the vehicle classifies as a lemon. Each VIN number uniquely identifies a car or truck and gives the owner valuable insight into the vehicle's history. They essentially serve as background checks for cars, alerting owners to fraud or damage associated with their cars.

VIN number searches, also called Vehicle History Reports, provide information on vehicles themselves and previous owners, if any. In addition to warning owners of past accidents, structural damages and financial quandaries, VHRs show detailed records of past car maintenance and repairs, letting owners see information such as parts replaced, oil changes and tire rotations.