Used car buyers are always looking for free vehicle history reports… But do they really exist? Well yes and no. You can get free history reports online and offline from some dealers, but you can't just enter the VIN of a vehicle you found yourself and expect to get a full report for the vehicle … you have to pay for it.
The confusion lies in the fact that there is a "free" element in the research process. If you have a 17-digit vehicle identification number or VIN, there are several websites where you can enter the number and get free information about the vehicle. Every letter and number means something, and what is often advertised as a free vehicle history report is actually a VIN decoder. You can also get vehicle reports via this link.
The set-top box will usually tell you the make, model, year of manufacture, type of security system, body style, engine, and manufacturer. This information is useful because it contains important information about the vehicle. For example, the seller may tell you that this is a 2004 Ford Taurus. But if you check the VIN, you can see that it is actually a 2003 model which is not fair to the vehicle. If they're not honest about the model itself, you can bet they won't reveal any hidden issues.
So the free vehicle history report is basically free VIN decoding to tell you exactly what type of car you are considering. Like most buyers, if you want more information, such as Hidden mechanical problems, mileage problems, mileage, fire damage, etc. Then you need to order the full report.