Buying a car that is brand new is pretty straight forward. The car has only been driven a few miles, if that, to make sure it is just fine and also to move it around the lot. Other than that, there is really no history to that car of which you have to be concerned. When you go about buying used cars, however, you really have to know a lot about the history of the car before you buy it. A vehicle background check can tell you if the car is really worth the asking price given to you, or if it is even fit to be on the road. Some cars are money pits, and such a check can clue you in to that as well.
Your first type of vehicle background check should not be about the specific car you want to buy, but the car make and model in general. You do not need the VIN or anything else that identifies the car you are considering to do this type of background search. Some makes and models have specific problems that are the same with each car across the line. Take some time to use the Internet to search for the make, model, and year to see if there are any commonly reported problems with that particular vehicle. That alone can help you decide if you want to buy it or not.
Secondly, you have to find out more about where the car has been through a vehicle background check. There are some things that can really devalue the car or truck. For example, if the car has been used through winter snows, there could be a problem with rust. Some states use salt on the roadways. This is great for safety, but not so much for the undercarriage of the vehicle in question. If the previous owner or owners did not clean the bottom throughout the winter months, you could be looking at something that is going to fall apart due to rust soon after you buy. That is not a good investment.
You also want to know if the car or truck has been in any type of accident. Though there are many parts on a vehicle that can be repaired and replaced with the vehicle remaining just as valuable and safe, there are some thing that are just not fixable. The frame can not be totally straightened again if it has been in an accident through which it was bent. If the frame is skewed it will remain that way, leading to wear and tear that you may not have with a vehicle that has never had a bent frame. A good vehicle background check can alert you to this problem.
There are other events you may find through a vehicle background check that can clue you in to the real value of the vehicle in question. Some cars may have had severe water damage because they rolled into a lake or were caught in a hurricane. The previous owners could have been smokers. These are all things you want to know that the previous owner may not have disclosed. These things may not stop you from buying the car, but it is important that you put all of the above things together to decide if you really want to buy the vehicle or if you want to keep looking.