Flood causes severe damage to cars. When purchasing a used car you would want to make sure that you are not putting your hard-earned money into a piece of junk, a car that has been previously damaged by the flood. There are many dishonest dealers that will try to deceive you by selling a flood-damaged car at cheap prices. Nonetheless, there is a way out to avoid being a victim of such unscrupulous deals. Use the vehicle VIN check, which will help you know the history of the car, whether there had been any claims made for the flood damage. Continuing the discussion further, this post gives you an overview of VIN and how VIN check can help you avoid purchasing a flood-damaged car.
What is VIN?
VIN, a short for Vehicle Identification Number, is a unique 17 digit number issued to all vehicles produced or imported to the U.S. According to the National Highway Transportation and Safety Administration (NHTSA) guidelines, every vehicle should have the VIN in a fixed format.
VIN check was created by the National Insurance Crime Bureau, to help users track the history of a used car. VIN check gives access to the free database that contains information about any claims made against the car, whether for flood damage or road accidents. It also tells you about the number of owners of a particular vehicle, recalls, and whether the vehicle was totaled or had a huge insurance claim. It also helps users to learn about the brake system of a vehicle, its transmission fluid, and more.
Where to look for it?
You will find VIN written on the vehicle itself. The most common place to check it is the driver’s side dashboard and the door jamb. Other places to look for are steering column, radiator, and engine block. In addition, you can also find it on various car documents, such as car’s insurance policy, maintenance book, and service records.
When purchasing a used car, it is advisable to look for the signs of flood damage. Search for signs of rust, mildew, and water stains. Touch the upholstery and carpeting to check moisture or dampness. If you are unsure of doing a vehicle history check by VIN or finding the signs of flood damage by yourself, hire a certified mechanic to check for flood damage. We hope these tips help you avoid purchasing a flood-damaged car. For more information write to us at [email protected] or simply fill out our contact form.