A lot of used car websites include a VIN in their for-sale listings.
When you're shopping online, find the VIN and cut and paste it into
the VIN form. Get the unlimited version of the report so you can
screen as many VINs as you need to.
If there's no VIN listed in the newspaper or website ad, contact
the seller and ask for it before you go see the car. You could save
yourself a lot of time by avoiding problem vehicles... and you won't
get tempted by a smooth pitch before you have all the info.
You can also get the VIN from the car itself. A VIN is visible
on the lower right hand (driver's side) corner of the dash when
looking through the front windshield (see below). The VIN is also
printed on registrations, titles and proof of insurance cards.
Choosing the right vehicle - Choosing the type of vehicle
you want and need is a very personal decision. Sport utility? Truck? Family
Sedan? Sport Coupe? Convertible? Performance? There are several very good
buying guides and magazines available to help you make that decision.
They have a good section of used car reviews from selected manufacturers
dating as far back as 1991. It's always a good idea to do your homework
and do some research on the type of vehicle your looking for.
Are there any outstanding recalls? - For you and your
passengers safety, it's always a good idea to find out if there are any
outstanding recalls on your vehicle. Online databases such as www.nhtsa.dot.gov
has recall information of all vehicle makes and models.