Regardless of whether you are a car dealer or just an enthusiast who tends to change vehicles periodically, if you need to identify a reliable VIN report tool, it would be wise to run several checks on different web platforms for the same vehicle (and repeat the process) in order to compare the amount and quality of information delivered by each of these services.
Obviously, apart from this hands-on strategy, it would be useful to check FAX VIN reviews left by users who contracted services from multiple platforms and are in the position to make value judgments, comparisons, and conclusions. This could prove useful even if the information is somewhat subjective or part of hidden advertising – the fact is that even advertisers normally try to highlight some tangible advantages they have and operate with some facts (which can always be checked).
Finally, it is always worth comparing other parameters such as the cost of the compared services – if the difference in quality is not substantial, then you might be willing to consider what your usage pattern is (how often you perform checks, would a subscription or a one-time fee suit you better?) and choose the more economical service.
Attributes of a Good VIN Lookup Service
The aspects that make up a good VIN lookup platform are as follows:
- the extent of sources used and their quality – ideally, information is pulled from online databases of appropriate federal and state authorities like NMVTIS/motor vehicle agencies, car rental businesses, insurance companies, inspection stations, car services, vehicle manufacturers, car dealers, auctions, etc. A good number of high-quality sources would help assemble the most relevant and comprehensive data;
- how data sources are prioritized. Depending on the case, information from federal or state authorities could be prioritized over information from small vehicle-related businesses – however, outdated information should not be prioritized over up to date data. If undesired information overwrites desired information in the final report, then prioritization rules are deficient;
- how well the information is presented – the tool should retrieve data across tens or hundreds of parameters but it should be able to highlight the most important findings and assemble these in an easily readable report;
- the availability of helpful auxiliary tools on the same website. While the key tool of the service might be the VIN check tool to assess vehicle history, the platform should provide an integrated experience by also providing access to free basic tools allowing, for instance, VIN number interpretation (to help elucidate the meaning of each digit in the code).
While a reliable vehicle history report tool might come at a cost, just reflect on how small this investment is when compared to potential losses or gains associated with a single selling/purchasing act.