How to Check Accident History of the Vehicle

A vehicle accident happens when a vehicle strikes or collides with another vehicle, an object, brake fall when speed driving, or any other that is considered valid for the consequences of the accident to take place at all cost. Vehicle accident history over the years has a result of property damage, whilst others result in severe injuries or even death(to the loss of lives). As a result, a valid term for a vehicle history report(VHR) is referred to as a VIN check or VIN lookup that displays a detailed document that provides detailed vehicle information about the history of the car, for any further references to play a safe game. For instance, the main reasons for road accidents are road traffic offense, drunk driving, and malfunction of the car.

To make sure you’re making the right decision, check the vehicle accident history before purchasing any second-hand car.

This is one great way to “SAVE MONEY, SAVE TIME”.

It is very common in India for every car to have an accident history, maybe not necessarily severe accidents to result in the loss of lives but minor accidents. So, it is recommended to check the car accident history- be it bought almost brand new, or purchased sooner than later, and in most expected and chances are old car. Keeping in mind the population of India, our country has a very high probability of vehicle accidents because of the rush in and rush out of people in the roadways moving for businesses, for livelihood, and much of unorganized purposes which is very common for the youth and most importantly lakhs of students for schools and universities. One valid reason is drinking and rush driving, speeding, etc.

There are lots of reasons why there is a need to run a vehicle history check before purchasing it in India. Of all the valid reasons, the below are the step-by-step procedures to make sure you are making yourself look like a professional and give a thorough check on the car’s history before making it a real deal.  


1. Run a car history check online

Firstly, it is very much recommended and important to run the vehicle through the Vehicle Information Checker to check the history of the car. In Order to proceed with this, the vehicle registration number in whichever state of India the car is bought from the seller is needed. Check the online data of the vehicle before proceeding with any further process. Doing so will help in verifying the below listed-

  • Vehicle tax expire date
  • MOT expires 
  • The first date of the registration of the vehicle
  • SORN status of the vehicle
  • The color of the vehicle
  • The engine size of the vehicle
  • Year of manufacture of the vehicle
  • CO2 emissions of the vehicle
  • Current vehicle tax rate. 

2. Keep updated if the vehicle has ever been involved in a severe accident

It is often not an open topic to discuss and mention a historical incident involving the car in a serious accident. As a result, this could mean the disclosure of the external and internal complications with the vehicle. If the car has been previously written off, it is illegal for the vehicle to be driven on the roads. Vehicles involved in an accident that’s caused severe accidents and loss of lives should be, less considered. 

3. Update if the vehicle has outstanding finance

In India, it is illegal for any seller to sell a vehicle with money owed on it. This case is common and it is further suggested for both the parties to come into agreement on the outstanding finances if any. In the same way, if the buyer is unaware of this and purchased the vehicle he/she may become responsible for the debt and the vehicle may also be seized.   

4. Check the vehicle before buying

The vehicle on the internet(online) and the vehicle in an open eye view is not guaranteed to be true. As a result, it is always recommended to check the vehicle by oneself. Check that the address of the vehicle is the same as the one on the registration certificate. If the seller isn’t the registered keeper, it is not safe to purchase the vehicle. As they aren’t legally entitled to sell the vehicle. Make sure you ask to take the car for a test drive with the seller. If you suspect the seller is not insure, ask to see proof of their insurance. Clarify whether the car comes with the Registration Certificate, full-service history, and the original handbook – these can be expensive to replace. Moreover, this is good proof of buying the right vehicle.

5. Check vehicle accident history

With a comprehensive vehicle history report, expert drivers or even regular drivers can actually find information about the used car, just by running the vehicle. Identification number or license plate is an open proof and helpful for the search engine. In addition, do a VIN lookup and review the vehicle history report, and have the vehicle thoroughly examined by a good, trusted mechanic. He or she can look for the signs that the vehicle was in an accident. They may be able to identify things that the buyer would not notice. 

Vehicle Accident History
Vehicle Accident History

Some valid information to know if there is any accident history of the vehicle-

1. Repairment  

Have a mechanic check for mismatched body parts, broken or repaired parts; and gaps in the metal if you are unsure about the smooth running of the vehicle. Long years of training in the field will be able to see where repairs have been made; even if they were finish correctly. 

2. The paint

Look for signs that the paint doesn’t match, partly fading if any or, discoloration, or anything that doesn’t look original. This is the process of manipulation to match the color of the paint; after the repair of the vehicle but was unsuccessful. Pay much attention to areas where body parts of the vehicle meet like around windows or mirrors.  

3. Unwanted sound

Check if the vehicle produces any unwanted sounds. This is open proof if the vehicle has a sign of a previous accident. Also, check the sound of the car while closing windows and trunks. Make sure no unnatural sound is coming. 

4. Replacement

For any known and unknown vehicle to surrender the accountability to its purchase; it is very common to replace certain parts of the vehicle. Keep a close eye on the easy-go part of the vehicle where temporary replacement of cheap parts; can achieve for the long-term like the originals.                 



Hi! I’m Likithe K Zhimo, a Computer Science and Engineering student. Also, a Naga who’s acquired an exquisite culture of South India while on an assignment of a full-time UG student in the south. I love catching up with my interest and being a big-time enthusiast about the challenges, on the way I ventured into the new intellectual territory of reading and writing. Nice to see you here.

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