baumgrenze
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Best Value on a VIN Check

Fri Aug 14, 2020 6:14 pm

Has anyone had a good experience getting a thorough VIN Check at a reasonable price?

I just had a 'too good to be true' offer of $1 for a check. Might it be a scam to get a credit card number?

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Re: Best Value on a VIN Check

Fri Aug 14, 2020 6:22 pm

Best value? I dunno. I've only used Carfax and Autocheck. They're not that cheap but I figure that hopefully two different (?) data sources might be better than one. Neither is infallible though.

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Re: Best Value on a VIN Check

Fri Aug 14, 2020 6:28 pm

I use...freevehiclehistory.com. They do surprisingly good checks, a limited number per day (!) are free, and did I mention they are free? You can't link to them, though. Just search the above.
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Re: Best Value on a VIN Check

Sat Aug 15, 2020 7:38 pm

Thank you both.

LeftieBiker, how long has it been since you last used freevehiclehistory.com?

I tried freevehiclehistory.com and all I got was a domain name service. Perhaps the business model didn't work out?

Perhaps you were referring to vehiclehistory.com instead? I tried that and it was $14.95

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Re: Best Value on a VIN Check

Sat Aug 15, 2020 8:48 pm

I haven't used it lately, but I just tried and got https://vehiclehistory.us.org/vehicle-r ... mcQAvD_BwE. If past experience is any indication, the link won't work, but entering a VIN at the site will. The url does omit the "free" now. So have they started charging, despite the testimonials on the main page implying that they don't?

EDIT: I clicked on the url link here, and it worked.
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Re: Best Value on a VIN Check

Mon Aug 17, 2020 6:42 am

LeftieBiker wrote:
Sat Aug 15, 2020 8:48 pm
EDIT: I clicked on the url link here, and it worked.
Probably because your browser had it cached.
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Re: Best Value on a VIN Check

Mon Aug 17, 2020 1:58 pm

At any rate, if you search it, you get the site, and the site, last time I used it, provides an excellent and FREE vehicle history. At the time you could get up to something like six a day.
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Re: Best Value on a VIN Check

Tue Aug 18, 2020 3:40 pm

jlv wrote:
Mon Aug 17, 2020 6:42 am
LeftieBiker wrote:
Sat Aug 15, 2020 8:48 pm
EDIT: I clicked on the url link here, and it worked.
Probably because your browser had it cached.
Leftie's link worked for me and I have never been to that site before, just an FYI.
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Re: Best Value on a VIN Check

Wed Aug 19, 2020 7:33 am

jjeff wrote:
Tue Aug 18, 2020 3:40 pm
Leftie's link worked for me and I have never been to that site before, just an FYI.
You mean you saw a report on the VIN he embedded?
(it does open the website for me and allow me to enter a VIN, but does not give a report on VIN embedded in the URL).
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Re: Best Value on a VIN Check

Wed Aug 19, 2020 11:31 am

jlv wrote:
Wed Aug 19, 2020 7:33 am
jjeff wrote:
Tue Aug 18, 2020 3:40 pm
Leftie's link worked for me and I have never been to that site before, just an FYI.
You mean you saw a report on the VIN he embedded?
(it does open the website for me and allow me to enter a VIN, but does not give a report on VIN embedded in the URL).
You have to go through the process of entering the VIN and getting a report. I don't think that you can link a report, only the site.
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