Professional dealers often use paid vehicle history reports before bringing a used car to Poland. That’s why it’s worth checking if they have a copy available to the buyer. You can also get a free report based on your VIN number because basic information about a given vehicle is available for free.
Every month, over 80 thousand cars previously registered in other countries arrive in Poland. Denmark, the Netherlands or the USA: these are the few countries collecting a lot of data in their central registers, which makes it easier to verify the history of their vehicles online. For example, you can check the mileage of a car from Denmark and whether it’s accident-free on the official Danish website.
However, in the vast majority of cases information on cars imported to Poland is dispersed throughout various databases and registers. There are 3 major groups of sources available:
- the automotive market: dealers, service and diagnostics stations, repair shops (mostly ASCs which gather data regarding the body & paint jobs,
- the leasing companies and the financing market: leasing companies, banks, insurers, etc.,
- the central registers run by the offices and police.
It’s not difficult to get lost in this maze of data, sources and institutions, each using their own IT solutions and methods of data implementation. The good news is, you can use the autoDNA service instead. Its database contains over 0.5 billion records which can be searched for information available on a given vehicle.
You just have to know the VIN number of a desired car and enter it on the autodna.com website. Basic information, such as brand, model, equipment and model year, is available for free. This alone is enough for the initial verification of the advertisement. In addition, you receive the exact scope of data available in the paid version of the report: you’ll find out if there are photos and information about any possible accidents in there. If the report is “clean”, it means that the condition of the car may actually be as declared by the seller.
The report should be accompanied by a professional examination or a visit at an ASC, of course, for example to check the paint thickness. Only the combination of report and examination data will be enough to make a fully informed purchase decision.
It is worth noticing that if the seller is able to present the autoDNA report as well as other documents supporting the vehicle history, this makes them more trustworthy in the eyes of the potential buyer. This, in turn, should simply help finalize the sale faster. The key to success is the use of proper categories. You can, for example, say that you have 5 post-lease vehices, 3 vehicles repaired at ASCs following minor accidents, and 4 accident-free vehicles with a full servicing history dating back to the first owner. This is also an excellent way to demonstrate where the difference in the prices of similar cars in the same segment come from. The key is transparency. If the seller has nothing to hide, they will be eager to confirm the vehicle history and present the documents as proof.
Professional sellers offer full or free versions of the autoDNA report with their cars. Such a report is a great tool to authenticate the history of a vehicle for sale: in the full version of the report you can find archival photos or mileage entries, and in the free version you can find information about technical parameters. Detailed data on the history of the vehicle, including a register of previous owners, past technical inspections or information on servicing and mileage, may indicate that the car isn’t accident-free.
This is why it’s worth looking for free or paid versions of autoDNA reports in the ads to get to know exactly the same information that the dealers received before deciding to bring the car to Poland. You can also request such report from the seller via e-mail or phone. Professional sellers often send such documents by e-mail to interested parties and you don’t even have to ask for them, as the rule is “show me the autoDNA report and I’ll tell you if your offer is serious and whether you are transparent”.
The information from autoDNA reports is useful for both the seller and the buyer. A free report alone can save you from buying a salvaged vehicle or, on the contrary, help you make a decision about buying the car. A car ad with a report attached should speed up the transaction and this, after all, is desirable for every seller.