Too often we fall in love with a car and we forget to do our homework. Knowing what you buy and who you buy from are both important to help avoid purchasing a vehicle with a washed title.
So before you pull the trigger, we recommend that you get a Vehicle History Report to find out if the vehicle has a branded title. Get a report from VinAudit. Here, the vehicle history data is supplied by the National Motor Vehicle Title Information System (NMVTIS). States, insurance carriers, and salvage yards are required by federal law to report data to NMVTIS. The report will show all the brands issued by the reporting states. So, if you are looking at washed title, you are likely to see a clean title awarded by the state who does not recognize the brand. Now, on a VinAudit report you will see the any brand that it received from the state where it was previously titled.
Next tip, research the seller’s reputation. Check the dealership’s review online. Read through the customer’s feedback. Contact the local DMV or law enforcement to find out if they have past or existing cases of being involved in selling cars with “washed” titles.