There is a lot of risk involved with buying a used car, unless you're empowered with information. Here are the steps to buying a used car:

  • Step 1: Determine your budget
  • Step 2: Decide on a make, model and year range based on price
  • Step 3: Search for cars that fit your needs and budget
  • Step 4: Obtain a Vehicle History and Value Report
  • Step 5: Contact the seller and ask many questions
  • Step 6: Visit the seller and do a walk around and thorough test drive
  • Step 7: Negotiate the best price, using your Vehicle History and Value Report


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If you know the car history and value (with a VINSmart Vehicle History Report), you'll be better able to protect yourself, get the best vehicle for your needs, and negotiate the right price.

Buying a car is serious business. Any consumer looking into buying a used vehicle should do their research before making a purchase, especially into that vehicle’s history. VINSmart has your vehicle history and vehicle value reports before you buy.

Mobile and website access to your reports is easy, and once you buy VINSmart credits they never expire. All you need is your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) and we’ll do the detective work for you.

VINSmart vehicle history reports are designed to provide the necessary tools and information so buying a new car doesn’t turn into a costly expense down the road. With the National Motor Vehicle Titling Information System (NMVTIS), VINSmart has access that includes the current titling state, odometer at the time of title, brand, junk and salvage records and insurer information.

Any car buyer should get a physical inspection of a used car before purchase, but knowing the history of a used car can save time, money and tons of headaches. VINSmart customers can also use our partner CARCHEX, an industry leader of extended auto warranties and car inspections to further assure coverage.

We understand how important buying a car is, and we strive to protect the consumer from fraud and deception. Know before you buy with VINSmart.

You can learn more about what's included in our vehicle history reports.

Our Guarantee

If for any reason, a report we deliver does not have information from the NMVTIS database, we will gladly issue a credit towards your next vehicle history report, or refund your money, minus a $2 processing fee, no questions asked.

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