If you are interested in buying a used vehicle, you might want to consider getting a history report of the vehicle. Even if it looks perfect at the dealer—or when you visit someone's house to look at it—the car might be hiding some serious flaws. A detailed history report will give you all the information you need to make a final decision about purchasing it or not. If you aren't convinced you need a history report, here are three reasons to help convince you:
1. Accurate Mileage Count
One of the best reasons for getting a history report is that you'll know the exact mileage of the car. Sometimes, owners will attempt to adjust the odometer so that the mile count is lower than it really is. It might not seem like much, but a car with an inaccurate mile count can cause problems. In the future, you might have issues with mechanical parts in the car. You might also have problems when it comes to maintaining it, since you won't know the exact mile count. Fortunately, a history report will reveal how many miles the car has actually driven and you will be more prepared about what to expect.
2. Accident Details
Another handy thing about history reports is the detailed accident feature. Even if the car was in a minor fender-bender, you will know. However, the handier thing is knowing about any major accidents. If the car has been in major accidents, it might need repairs later on. By knowing this, you can negotiate a better deal or decide to purchase another car altogether.
3. Vehicle History
History reports also give you the entire history of the car. It will tell you who has owned it and where it has been. It might not sound like valuable information, but it is. With this information in hand, you'll know whether the car has been in cold or snowy climates, so you will know if it might have erosion problems due to deicers and salt. You'll also know if there might be potential damage from high winds, rains, or seawater. This information might not seem like much, but it can help you determine whether you want to purchase it—or not.
As you can see, knowing the history of a used car is very valuable. So if you didn't think of getting a history report in the past, you might want to consider doing it now. Remember, the car might look and run well now; but that doesn't mean it will forever. By knowing its history, you can a better and more informed decision about purchasing the used vehicle you have your heart set on.