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Old 07-03-2017, 08:31 AM
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Exclamation No-Cost VIN Report Search Site & VIN safety

1. WF members are selling and buying used Jeeps all the time.

With consumer fraud on the rise, and the need for transparency, honest buyers and sellers need tools to help sell and research prospective Jeeps.

You can enter the vehicle VIN here and get a comprehensive report without any fees, or supplying your e-mail/personal information. The site has no ads on it and doesn't collect personal information.

https://www.research.com/vehicle/land.php

2. BTW there is risk of VIN re-keying theft as recently posted on WF by members. It's no longer recommended to list your VIN in for sale/for sale by owner ads.

Theft rings secure VINs and get nefariously re-keyed door/ignition keys to steal vehicles. This is a risk to Jeeps and many other manufacturer vehicles including
Honda, Mitsubishi, Toyota, Hyundai, Chrysler, Kia, Acura, BMW, Mini, Porsche, Nissan and Infiniti...

Please read this June 6, 2017 gizmodo article
it has a link to check if you e-mail ID has been compromised...

http://gizmodo.com/massive-leak-of-1...ook-1795814490


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Thank you for posting this, I tried it out on a Jeep I am considering buying. I also have the Carfax report for the same Jeep and it varies from your link. The Carfax indicated an accident whereas this one has no mention of it.
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Thank you for posting this, I tried it out on a Jeep I am considering buying. I also have the Carfax report for the same Jeep and it varies from your link. The Carfax indicated an accident whereas this one has no mention of it.
Thanks for posting. I noticed the same thing about the accident report, it isn't accurate for the vin # I ran either. My BIL is looking into buying a Jeep and asked me to check it out with him. To me the vehicle looked like it was hit, Carfax says it was hit, this report shows no accidents. Bottom line, do your homework.
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Awesome you are helping your BIL. Our stories are reversed my BIL is helping me find one
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Arrow Data bases are databases... Information can vary...

There are a lot of pay-for commercial VIN report products out there. There will always be discrepancies and differences between databases and report info. E.g. If accident work isn't done at a commercial body shop/dealership, it's possible upon inspection, the vehicle will display previous repair work, but that work won't be in the VIN report. Also there is a time lag between work being done, and then being reported in the VIN reports.

It's best to compare several and not take any single report as "gospel."

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Thanks for posting. I noticed the same thing about the accident report, it isn't accurate for the vin # I ran either. My BIL is looking into buying a Jeep and asked me to check it out with him. To me the vehicle looked like it was hit, Carfax says it was hit, this report shows no accidents. Bottom line, do your homework.
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There are a lot of pay-for commercial VIN report products out there. There will always be discrepancies and differences between databases and report info. E.g. If accident work isn't done at a commercial body shop/dealership, it's possible upon inspection, the vehicle will display previous repair work, but that work won't be in the VIN report. Also there is a time lag between work being done, and then being reported in the VIN reports.

It's best to compare several and not take any single report as "gospel."
Absolutely! You have to do your homework. I'm lucky and learned many years ago how to check a vehicle, and spot body damage repair.

I had a van years ago that was legally parked, hit and totaled. I bought it back from the insurance company fixed it and drove it another 5 years before selling it. The buyer ran a Carfax on it and the report came back just fine. I was honest with him and showed him where it was hit. He took the van. It had over 150K miles on it and was priced right for a quick sale. Again, people should do their homework, and get more than one report.
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Thumbs up Kudos both on your value repair and honesty

USN&W words on research.com VIN site...

demarpaint - Kudos both on your value repair, and honesty!

Damaged vehicles, are sometimes needlessly "totaled" by overly cautious insurance companies (totaling unibody vehicles is aggressive, less-so in frame-on construction). But you need to be able to spot tell repair anomalies. Irregular spot welds, wrinkles in seam areas, etc.

US News and World Report (USN&WR) published an article on VIN reports recently cars.usnews.com/cars-trucks/how-can-i-get-a-free-vin-check that said this about research.com:

"Research.com provides the most comprehensive free VIN check. Its website generates detailed information on a vehicle’s performance, inspections, specifications, safety ratings, warranty, and a multitude of other topics. It will tell you where the vehicle has been listed for sale, its list price and sale price, and the status of its parts and components."

Some additional points/cautions in the recommended USN&WR article:

“A VIN check is imperative for used car shoppers, as it will let you know if the car has a salvaged or branded title – that is, if the car has been totaled by an insurance company due to extensive damage from an accident, flood, or other event... ...Avoiding cars with salvage or branded titles will save consumers some major ownership headaches.”

"Most services charge a fee for a vehicle history report, but sometimes you can obtain limited information about your vehicle without paying for it. “Free VIN checks will get you the major red flags, like a salvaged title,” Deaton said, “but paying for a VIN can get you more details, like how many owners the car has had.”

"The federal government offers VIN checks, free of charge, through the National Insurance Crime Bureau, which provides data on the vehicle’s current state of title and last title date, brand history, odometer reading, total loss history, and salvage history."

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Absolutely! You have to do your homework. I'm lucky and learned many years ago how to check a vehicle, and spot body damage repair.

I had a van years ago that was legally parked, hit and totaled. I bought it back from the insurance company fixed it and drove it another 5 years before selling it. The buyer ran a Carfax on it and the report came back just fine. I was honest with him and showed him where it was hit. He took the van. It had over 150K miles on it and was priced right for a quick sale. Again, people should do their homework, and get more than one report.
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^^ Thanks ^^

You're right a lot of cars go to the junkyard needlessly, and now with airbags if they deploy in many vehicles it is almost a guarantee it's heading to the junkyard. Years ago they were they'd use a figure like 80-85% of book value before its totaled. Now it might be about 65% depending on the insurance company. Don't hold me to those numbers but it's not like it was.

OT- I see you give thanks to the Vets! Kudos. My wife and I were fortunate enough to sail from Hawaii to San Diego on the USS Carl Vinson a couple of weeks ago for their end of deployment Tiger Cruise. My son is serving on that ship. What an amazing honor it was to spend about a week with them!
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You're right a lot of cars go to the junkyard needlessly, and now with airbags if they deploy in many vehicles it is almost a guarantee it's heading to the junkyard. Years ago they were they'd use a figure like 80-85% of book value before its totaled. Now it might be about 65% depending on the insurance company. Don't hold me to those numbers but it's not like it was.



OT- I see you give thanks to the Vets! Kudos. My wife and I were fortunate enough to sail from Hawaii to San Diego on the USS Carl Vinson a couple of weeks ago for their end of deployment Tiger Cruise. My son is serving on that ship. What an amazing honor it was to spend about a week with them!


I agree completely that they do total some vehicles needlessly. I purchased my JKU knowing that it had been in a accident the insurance actually totaled it. I have to believe they did so because it was only a few months old with 4K miles. Anyways I bought the jeep after it had been repaired for less than I would of paid for a 07 model with 100k+ miles on it and have a clean title. If I do a vin search I will see that it was in an accident but there have been no adverse effects of the accident on the last 15k miles. Here's a pic of it after the accident. Click image for larger version

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I agree completely that they do total some vehicles needlessly. I purchased my JKU knowing that it had been in a accident the insurance actually totaled it. I have to believe they did so because it was only a few months old with 4K miles. Anyways I bought the jeep after it had been repaired for less than I would of paid for a 07 model with 100k+ miles on it and have a clean title. If I do a vin search I will see that it was in an accident but there have been no adverse effects of the accident on the last 15k miles. Here's a pic of it after the accident. Attachment 3666697


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Nice! Every once and a while you can knock one out of the park. To me as long as the frame isn't damaged, it tracks straight, and isn't eating tires there's a lot of value for the right person that has the time, know how, and patience.
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Thumbs up Thank your son for his service!

Thank your son for his service! Tiger cruises are fun for the guests and a lot of work for the crew. I served on two carriers, Ranger and Kitty Hawk. If you watch the venerable Top Gun movie, it captures the flight deck drama and danger quit well and the music is great. You have to get past/ignore the mushy scenes...

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OT- I see you give thanks to the Vets! Kudos. My wife and I were fortunate enough to sail from Hawaii to San Diego on the USS Carl Vinson a couple of weeks ago for their end of deployment Tiger Cruise. My son is serving on that ship. What an amazing honor it was to spend about a week with them!
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Thumbs up It's a "Tank" right!!!

Joshtb06 - Glad you fixed that Jeep! You can't kill a "Tank" - right?!?!

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I agree completely that they do total some vehicles needlessly. I purchased my JKU knowing that it had been in a accident the insurance actually totaled it. I have to believe they did so because it was only a few months old with 4K miles. Anyways I bought the jeep after it had been repaired for less than I would of paid for a 07 model with 100k+ miles on it and have a clean title. If I do a vin search I will see that it was in an accident but there have been no adverse effects of the accident on the last 15k miles. Here's a pic of it after the accident. Attachment 3666697


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Thank your son for his service! Tiger cruises are fun for the guests and a lot of work for the crew. I served on two carriers, Ranger and Kitty Hawk. If you watch the venerable Top Gun movie, it captures the flight deck drama and danger quit well and the music is great. You have to get past/ignore the mushy scenes...
I will, and thank you for your service. We got to see quite a few launches and recoveries, dangerous for sure. Also amazing and loud! Seeing it in real life gave me a totally new appreciation for how it's done.

We're already discussing Tiger Cruise #3 for me. It is a lot of work for them, but I truly think they enjoy it!
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