Much like human DNA, every vehicle has its own unique identity in the form of a Vehicle Identification Number, also known as a VIN. VINs were first introduced in 1954 in the United States, but there wasn’t an industry standard in place so the information provided by them was relatively inaccessible. In 1980, however, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration – a branch of the U.S. Department of Transport – standardized VINs for vehicles produced from 1981 and onward for the US market. So, where do ClearVin vehicle history reports come from?
A little VIN History
Not only was the VIN implemented in the US, but it was then adopted by the ISO (the International Organization for Standardization) under two different versions in 1979 and 1980., so VINs are now globally standardized in their current format. So, no matter where you get a vehicle from, you can track its history.
Attached to a vehicle’s VIN are events such as accidents, recalls, sale dates, mileage at different times, how many owners it had, and many other things that are important to know when buying a vehicle. ClearVin reports include auction sale history too, so you can see how many times the vehicle has gone through auctions like Copart and IAAI.
Here’s where it gets a little tricky, though. There are many different sources that you can get your information from, so where you get your vehicle history report makes a big difference. At ClearVin, we use multiple trusted sources to get you the most comprehensive vehicle history report possible. Our relationships with hundreds of salvage and insurance auction yards throughout the United States provide us with even more information that other vehicle history reporters don’t have access to. This blog gives you an overview of where we get our information so you can rest assured that your vehicle report has everything you need to know.
NMVTIS – National Motor Vehicle Title Information System
The NMVTIS is designed to protect consumers from fraud, unsafe vehicles, and to keep stolen vehicles from being resold. NMVTIS is also a tool that assists states and law enforcement in deterring and preventing title fraud and other crimes. The NMVITS is a system within the United States Department of Justice.
State DMVs, insurance companies, and salvage yards are required by law to report into the NMVITS. The NMVITS is the only system in the United States that requires this. This system contains over 40 million records from over 9,000 sources.
NADA – National Automobile Dealers Association
The NADA represents franchised new-car dealers before Congress, federal agencies, the media and the general public. NADA maintains an Industry Analysis division that produces economic reports to provide insight into vehicle sales and industry trends. ClearVin uses NADA data to provide our customers a complete view of a vehicle’s retail, trade-in and loan values.
NVS – National Vehicle Services
The NVS is widely recognized as the nation’s leader in providing unique vehicle theft, vehicle fraud and asset protection solutions to the law enforcement community, vehicle finance, insurance, and rental car industries. NVS information includes: vehicle impound data, export data, and vehicle theft and recovery data.
NHTSA – National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
The NHTSA is the government agency responsible for managing traffic safety across the United States. By enforcing vehicle performance standards and partnerships with state and local governments, NHTSA reduces deaths, injuries and economic losses from motor vehicle crashes. The NHTSA aggregates information on vehicle safety complaints, airbag deployments, odometer fraud, and vehicle recalls.
We go through the most reputable sources to provide you with the most comprehensive vehicle history we can. From auction sales to accident history to title brands, we’ve got you covered: check out a sample report to see what we provide.
If you’re buying a car from auction and can’t inspect it in person, a comprehensive vehicle history report will give you valuable insight into the vehicle’s history. Salvage vehicles can have a lot of problems, but with a ClearVin report, you’ll be better equipped to tackle anything a vehicle throws your way.