A vehicle history report is a critical component of your car buying research and provides a detailed snapshot of the car. A vehicle history report from a reputable company, such as CarFax or InstaVin, can tell you quite a lot about a vehicle’s life – including its title, its accident history, service history, and odometer accuracy. There are some things it won’t tell you, and that’s why you will want to back it up with a pre-purchase inspection from an independent mechanic.
Ask the owner for service records, especially for any major work. Ask the seller if there are any warranties that still cover the car. Having the owner’s manual is important to fully understand all of the features of the car. It can definitely come in handy should you proceed with purchasing the car.