Why do you need to check vehicle ratings?
If you’re considering a couple of options when buying a vehicle, there is no need to analyze and compare positive and negative results on each of them by yourself. With the ClearVin Vehicle rating, you can get a fair evaluation of your car from the most reliable sources only in one click.
What does your grade mean?
A – Excellent
Congratulations! The vehicle is in excellent condition and has a clear history.
B – Good
Great choice! The vehicle is in good condition and won’t be too much trouble to repair.
C – Average
The vehicle has some minor defects and needs servicing, but generally, its condition is satisfactory.
D – Bad
The vehicle’s history indicates that it may have been involved in a serious accident and requires major repair or has some doc issues.
E – Poor
The vehicle’s condition is not satisfactory, because of a bunch of defects. It may require a complete repair or even a replacement for some major components.
F – Irreparable
The vehicle has some irreparable damage and has no value except as a source of parts or scrap.
How do we evaluate a vehicle?
The reliability of your future car depends on a lot of things, but we defined the most crucial factors that affect a vehicle’s condition to save you time and help you make the most informed buying decision.
A vehicle’s title brand, a permanent designation on a vehicle's title, indicates that the vehicle has been written off due to some serious damage such as collision, fire, or flood damage, or has been sold for scrap. Title brand records such as Salvage, Junk, Rebuilt and many others are crucial in the vehicle’s valuation.
The older is a vehicle the more trouble it may cause to its new owner. Typically, even if a vehicle does not have any severe damage, it eventually needs some servicing or even repairs.
Last odometer reading
The odometer reading is a key indicator of the condition and value of a vehicle. The more miles a vehicle has according to either the NMVTIS or Auction records, the lower its rate, and, respectively, our score.
Our system alerts you if the vehicle has ever had a lien and is unsafe to purchase to protect from possible issues.
Our system checks whether the vehicle has been ever sold through salvage auctions.
Retail Value to MSRP Index
We correlate the vehicle’s retail value generated by J.D. Power with MSRP of a brand new model to ascertain the comparative advantage of the purchase.
We have data about primary damage of the vehicle, obtained directly from auctions, that help us give a fair and quick assessment of its current condition.
To provide you with a better assessment, along with primary damage, we take secondary damage into account as well.
Repair Cost Index
We correlate the vehicle’s repair costs to its current value to determine the percentage of additional expenses to the vehicle’s price.
We relate the actual cash value of a vehicle to its MSRP to assess how much the vehicle lost in value compared to a brand-new model.
We analyze data obtained directly from the seller to provide a clear picture of the vehicle’s current condition and valuation.