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Find a Vehicles Owners And History: Perform a Free VIN or License Plate Lookup Online

October 16, 2020 GMT

San Francisco, California - ( NewMediaWire ) - October 16, 2020 - There’s an old saying that buying a used car is buying another person’s problems. However, most of these problems can be eliminated by conducting a vehicle owner lookup.

 If a buyer’s still in the dark about how to do a vehicle owner lookup, there are two ways to go about it:  Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) and a license plate lookup.

>>Related: How to Do a Free VIN Search in Seconds


Why Check the VIN of a Car?

The VIN is a 17-digit number that helps uncover a car history that a buyer may not notice by simply looking at it. Every vehicle has a unique VIN that reveals if the car has been involved in a fire, flood, accident, or if it was previously stolen and recovered.

Used car shoppers need to conduct VIN checks to help uncover any title issues. A VIN check will expose a salvage or branded title, meaning that a buyer will know if the vehicle has suffered significant damage in the past. 

The car might also have been declared a wreck by an insurance company after being significantly damaged in an accident or any other incident. Knowing the history of a vehicle can save consumers from major buyer’s remorse and car ownership headaches. 

How to Perform a Free VIN Check

Although it is possible to conduct a VIN check for free, the information can be fairly limited. Here are a few resources to try. 

VehicleHistory.com offers the most detailed free VIN information that includes the vehicle’s safety ratings, warranty, performance, specs, and inspections, among others. The website can also give data about the vehicle’s components and parts status, sale price, list price, and where the car is, should it be put on sale. Users only need to enter the VIN into the search to find the information. 

The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) offers five free VIN checks within 24 hours from a single IP address. The data shows the vehicle’s mileage, brand history, salvage history, as well as the last title date and the present state of title. However, NICB records data provided by insurance companies, and it may take up to half a year to update the information. 

Another website that provides free VIN background data of vehicles is VINCheckPro. Users are expected to fill the VIN into the website, and it’ll display information about the vehicle’s country of origin, age, engine type, make, model, and if the car has been recalled. The website also shows a score for the car’s environmental friendliness and safety. However, detailed data such as odometer readings, title status, and accident history require paying extra fees.


The disadvantage to the above free VIN checks is that they only note major warnings such as a salvaged title and limited information about the owner. 

If someone wants more information about the vehicle and its owner, it’s best to use a platform like Infotracer that offers a free VIN lookup. To use Infotracer, users only need to enter the VIN or even the license plate number and results appear in a couple of seconds.

In addition, Infotracer has the option to find out more details about the owner of the vehicle for a small fee that’s half the price of its competitors.  

How To Do a License Plate Lookup

When a car is registered with the DMV (Department of Motor Vehicles), it is given a license plate number and it’s recorded on the system. 

Customers can search for vehicle ownership details by doing a free license plate lookup using tools such as Infotracer and Vehicle History. Once more, all that it takes is entering the plate number into the search bar. 

License plate lookup reveals information such as the car’s make, model, and the country of origin. For an affordable extra, the report from Infotracer’s license plate lookup contains greater detail about the vehicle. Plus users have the option of finding out more information about the vehicle’s owner including address, a background report, court records, criminal records, and more. 


Before buying a secondhand car, it’s highly recommended that consumers conduct a free VIN search or license plate lookup to find out more information about the vehicle. It will not only save them from buyer’s remorse but will also give them the reassurance that the vehicle is safe. 

Worried about the history of a vehicle? Do a free VIN lookup today