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USED CARS HISTORY > AutoCheck Vehicle History Report > History of AutoCheck

Beginning of AutoCheck

AutoCheck started with a vision - to create a one-stop source for vehicle history information for buyers and sellers of used cars.

Working closely with the Missouri Automobile Dealers Association, AutoCheck first offered the early version AutoCheck Vehicle History Report to the dealer market in 1986. These reports were developed with a database of just 10,000 vehicle records and were distributed via fax machine. By the end of 1993, AutoCheck obtained title information from nearly all fifty states and was ready to begin offering the service nationally.

In December of 1996, AutoCheck launched AutoCheck offering consumers the same instant access to vehicle history reports already available to used car dealers. While continuing to experience exceptional growth of both resources and customers, AutoCheck caught the attention of a global leader in information services.

In the fall of 1999 AutoCheck became a wholly-owned subsidiary of the R.L. Polk & Co a private firm owned by the Polk family since 1870 when Ralph Lane Polk founded the business. R.L. Polk is headquartered in Southfield, Michigan and operates on every major continent.

AutoCheck Today

Over the years, AutoCheck enhanced its system for obtaining, assembling and retrieving data. Utilizing the unique 17-character vehicle identification number (VIN) found on vehicle dashboards and title documents, AutoCheck's system can generate a detailed history report or background check on any used car or light truck instantly.

AutoCheck has also been prominent in the media. In February 1993, the national television show 60 Minutes reported on how the AutoCheck Vehicle History service benefits consumers. Not soon after AutoCheck was featured on Dateline, Good Morning America and a host of radio shows, newspaper articles and local television news stations. Beginning in 2003, AutoCheck launched the "Truth About Used Cars" ad campaign to show consumers the value of AutoCheck Vehicle History Reports. Since used cars don't talk, AutoCheck is there to do the talking for them.

Today AutoCheck is constantly expanding database contains more than two billion unique records compiled from more than 4,000 different public and private sources including motor vehicle departments in the United States and Canada, vehicle inspection stations, auto auctions, fleet management and rental agencies, automobile manufacturers and fire and police departments.

AutoCheck.com receives more than 1.83 million visitors each month while AutoCheckonline, the commercial website for AutoCheck, services the needs of more than 25,000 automobile dealer subscribers.

AutoCheck Terms

VIN: The Vehicle ID Number (VIN) can be found on dashboards and title documents. All cars and light trucks built after 1981 have a unique 17-character VIN that contains valuable information about that vehicle's history.

Shopping Tip: To check used vehicles while you shop, be sure to ask the dealer/seller for the VINs.



Salvaged? Lemon? Flooded? Rebuilt?

Salvage File
A full AutoCheck Report can uncover if this vehicle was damaged in a major accident or wreck. These damaged cars are often sold to buyers without disclosing the problem past.

Lemon File
Many states across the country have Lemon Laws to protect consumers from buying a bad car. A full AutoCheck Report can help you avoid these problem cars.

Flood File
Flood damaged cars are often moved to other states and sold to unsuspecting buyers. Don’t get caught buying one of these waterlogged vehicles - order a full AutoCheck Report.

Rebuilt/Reconstructed Title
The vehicle sustained damage and was rebuilt or reconstructed, then placed back on the road.


Fraud? Rolled Over? Rolled Back? Broken?

Odometer File
Odometer rollback fraud costs car buyers thousands. A full AutoCheck Report can identify potential odometer fraud before you purchase.

Not Actual Mileage File
Is the odometer showing the actual mileage? Odometers often malfunction and no longer record the proper mileage reading. Learn the true mileage of the vehicle by ordering a full AutoCheck Report.


Accident File
Major accident damage severely affects the safety and resale value of a vehicle. Don't make a costly mistake - order a full AutoCheck Report to avoid buying a rebuilt wreck.

Salvage Auction Record
Vehicles classified as "totaled" by insurance companies are often sold at auction to be reconstructed and put back on the road.

Fire Damage
AutoCheck receives information on vehicle fires from most US jurisdictions. These events are usually not the result of an accident and are taken from the actual fire department reports compiled at the scene.

Stolen Vehicle Record
Law enforcement officials have notified other government agencies that an owner has reported a vehicle missing. This vehicle may have since been legitimately recovered.


Vehicle was registered but not owned by the driver

Rental Car File
Rental cars are driven by many people under various driving conditions. A full AutoCheck Report will uncover a vehicle's rental car history.

Vehicle registered as a taxi, "for hire" or law enforcement vehicle.

Fleet Vehicle
Vehicle was registered or sold to a company that manages vehicle fleets.



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