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What to Look for in a Vehicle History Report

When purchasing a pre-owned car, it’s important to get as much information as possible about the vehicle’s life before it met you. You’ll want to consult the vehicle’s history thoroughly, keeping an eye out for anything that could indicate a hidden problem with the car.

There are a number of red flags that can point to a potential problem with your car, and it’s up to you to decide which of them are important to you. This article will provide you with information on some of the things you should keep an eye out for on your used vehicle’s history report, and what exactly they may indicate about the health of the car.


What to Look for in a Vehicle History ReportThe first and most obvious thing to check out on your used vehicle is the number of miles it’s been driven in its lifetime. It’s also critical to check the report to see when these miles were racked up. Did it get driven a lot more during one period of previous ownership than another?

If the car seems as though one of the previous owners may have driven it on many long road trips, it’s going to have more wear and tear than a car with a similar number of miles that were racked up by a series of trips to and from an office each day. There’s no magic number for a certain number of miles driven that you should avoid since cars built in the last ten years last much longer than they ever did in the past, and when properly maintained, can be driven well beyond 100,000 miles.

Many Owners

This is one of the major red flags a used car can have. If the car has changed hands consistently every couple of years, it could indicate that there is a hidden problem that made each new owner eager to get rid of the car quickly. The different driving styles of many different owners could have potentially caused wear and tear on the vehicle’s mechanics as well.

Similarly, if the car was once used as part of a fleet or used as a rental car, it’s likely it was driven by many drivers who did not have much concern for the long-term life of the car. This could be a reason to avoid purchasing the car altogether, but keep in mind that some former rental cars can be in great shape and you’ll get a fantastic deal on the price.

Routine Maintenance

What to Look for in a Vehicle History ReportBe sure that your car has a history of undergoing routine maintenance. A car that has been properly cared for will continue to operate smoothly for longer and is less likely to have a problem that has been overlooked. If you’re going to spend the money on a car, you want it to serve you on your commutes through Philadelphia, Doylestown, and Flemington for years to come.

Accident Records

Keep your eye out for a car that has had multiple accidents since you can’t know for certain that repairs were conducted to a proper standard and that they’ll hold up in the long run. Be especially wary of the term “insurance loss” on the report. This means that the car was totaled at one point, and it likely needed to be salvaged and rebuilt. You’ll want the car to be thoroughly inspected by a trusted mechanic to be sure that there are no issues.

Make a Judgement Call

It’s up to you to decide if any of these items are a big enough problem to prevent you from purchasing the vehicle; there are no hard and fast rules for what will cause you problems in the future and what will be absolutely fine.

Check out your local dealer’s website to see what models they have in stock. Fred Beans Used has a massive selection of used vehicles for you to browse, so you’ll certainly find one you like that has a vehicle report with a clean record. Once you sign your name on the dotted line, you’ll be ready to drive off on your next adventure in Philadelphia, Doylestown, and Flemington!

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