USA VIN History: Thorough Vehicle Background Check Sample

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Initial information

The autoDNA Report for vehicles from the USA begins with the identification of the brand of the vehicle you are checking, including the model and its version.

Vehicle information

This section of the report includes technical data of the vehicle and its use. It includes e.g. engine information, fuel type and fuel consumption. It also informs you of the vehicle dimensions and GVW (gross vehicle weight). The technical specifications are followed by the prices of the vehicle while sold by the manufacturer and the suggested current price of the vehicle.

Title brands records

The “Title brands records” section is divided into 4 subsections: Vehicle status, Vehicle damage, Vehicle use, and Odometer information.

Vehicle status A registry of entries on the vehicle type (e.g. Antique, Replica, Street Rod), vehicle ownership and vehicle purchase (e.g. Manufacturer buyback, Warranty return, Parallel Import), technical faults (e.g. Vehicle with a safety fault which has not been removed) and VIN proceedings (e.g. New VIN number assigned).

Vehicle damage A registry of entries regarding the vehicle damage reported in the USA. These include some very important notifications of the Junk, Salvage and Total loss entries.

Vehicle use A list of entries on the way the vehicle was used in the USA. These include notifications on such uses as a taxi, agricultural or police vehicle, or the manufacturer’s test vehicle.

Odometer information A list of records regarding the mileage registered while the car was used in the USA. These notifications can show e.g. discrepancies in subsequent odometer readouts or the odometer replacement due to its mechanical limits being exceeded.

Title records

This section includes a history of all vehicle ownership titles (the documents which determine the ownership of the vehicle). It is worth remembering that a new ownership title is issued whenever the vehicle owner changes in the USA. Every ownership title (Certificate of Title) is accompanied by the mileage readout registered while issuing the title, as well as the issuing date and place (state).

Theft records

This section includes reports of the vehicle having been stolen in the USA. If the car was reported as stolen or recovered, we will have the date and place where this happened, case number and the details of the person who reported this.

Accidents records

This section of the report includes a list of all accidents and crashes reported for the vehicle in the USA. Every entry includes detailed information: the date and place of the accident, case number and the details of the person who reported this.

Junk, salvage and Insurance records

This section is divided into two subsections: Vehicle dismantling shop entries and Insurer entries

Insurer entries This subsection includes the reports of total loss of the car in the USA. Every report is accompanied by the date and detailed insurer information.

Vehicle dismantling shop entries This subsection includes the reports and proceedings of the vehicle dismantling shop regarding the vehicle you’re checking. These will include the detailed data of the reporting person.

Vehicle sales offers

This section included a list of sales offers of the vehicle in the USA. This is where you will see how much the car was sold for, what its mileage was (as advertised in the offers) and who was selling it.


The glossary includes comprehensive definitions of the ownership title entries. The glossary section won’t be empty unless no entry was ever provided in the vehicle’s ownership title.


The National Motor Vehicle Title Information System (NMVTIS) is an electronic system that contains information on certain automobiles titled in the United States. NMVTIS is intended to serve as a reliable source of title and brand history for automobiles, but it does not contain detailed information regarding a vehicle’s repair history.
All states, insurance companies, and junk and salvage yards are required by federal law to regularly report information to NMVTIS. However, NMVTIS does not contain information on all motor vehicles in the United States because some states are not yet providing their vehicle data to the system. Currently, the data provided to NMVTIS by states is provided in a variety of time frames; while some states report and update NMVTIS data in “real-time” (as title transactions occur), other states send updates less frequently, such as once every 24 hours or within a period of days.
Information on previous, significant vehicle damage may not be included in the system if the vehicle was never determined by an insurance company (or other appropriate entity) to be a “total loss” or branded by a state titling agency. Conversely, an insurance carrier may be required to report a “total loss” even if the vehicle’s titling-state has not determined the vehicle to be “salvage” or “junk.”
A vehicle history report is NOT a substitute for an independent vehicle inspection. Before making a decision to purchase a vehicle, consumers are strongly encouraged to also obtain an independent vehicle inspection to ensure the vehicle does not have hidden damage. The Approved NMVTIS Data Providers (look for the NMVTIS logo) can include vehicle condition data from sources other than NMVTIS.
NMVTIS data includes (as available by those entities required to report to the System):
- Information from participating state motor vehicle titling agencies.
- Information on automobiles, buses, trucks, motorcycles, recreational vehicles, motor homes, and tractors. NMVTIS may not currently include commercial vehicles if those vehicles are not included in a state’s primary database for title records (in some states, those vehicles are managed by a separate state agency), although these records may be added at a later time.
- Information on “brands” applied to vehicles provided by participating state motor vehicle titling agencies. Brand types and definitions vary by state, but may provide useful information about the condition or prior use of the vehicle.
- Most recent odometer reading in the state’s title record.
- Information from insurance companies, and auto recyclers, including junk and salvage yards, that is required by law to be reported to the system, beginning March 31, 2009. This information will include if the vehicle was determined to be a “total loss” by an insurance carrier.
- Information from junk and salvage yards receiving a “cash for clunker” vehicle traded-in under the Consumer Assistance to Recycle and Save Act of 2009 (CARS) Program.
Consumers are advised to visit for details on how to interpret the information in the system and understand the meaning of various labels applied to vehicles by the participating state motor vehicle titling agencies.
NMVTIS data are provided by VinAudit Inc., official NMVTIS system partner

Customer Reviews about the report

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My friend advised me to check my car on autoDNA. He regularly uses your services (imports cars). I was not disappointed. I received a very comprehensive report, from which I learned that the car's odometer has been rolled back by almost 100,000 kilometers. I would have stumbled upon a mine.
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