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Vehicle History Report: Getting the Answers You Need

Last updated 6 years ago

No matter how perfect a used car might look on the surface, you may still find yourself wondering about its past. How can you be sure there aren't the telltale signs of some catastrophic accident hiding under the polished frame? 

Fortunately, there is a way to check. You may not be able to Google a specific used car the way you would a potential employee, but you can look at its vehicle history report. This is a report you can get from your used car dealership with a wealth of useful information about your potential car's past.

Some good questions to ask yourself as you peruse the report include:

How many owners has it had? The fewer hands a car has gone through in its lifetime, the more likely it is to be in excellent shape. A used car that's been passed from owner to owner is much more likely to have gone through one or two less than responsible drivers.

Has it been kept up through regular maintenance? Cars that are kept up and taken care of tend to run longer. Look for any areas that have been overlooked by past owners. Also, look for records of work done on the used car, as they may point to an unreported accident.

Was the car ever rented or leased? This may increase the likelihood of wear and tear on the car. If the car was rented or leased, look for how long those periods lasted.

To better ensure that you buy a good car, make sure to buy your used car from a reliable dealership with a good reputation. At MyCarman, a used car dealership serving the Arlington, Texas, area, we're known for the quality of our customer service. We offer a wide selection of used cars, ranging from used BMWs to used luxury cars, and we have a variety of financing options available for our customers.

 

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