How to check a car for theft and search when purchasing

How to check whether a car is stolen or not?

When buying a used car, you may encounter a number of unpleasant issues regarding the technical characteristics of the car, the pricing policy, and obvious fraud, which consists of trying to sell a stolen vehicle.

We'll find out what you need to consider when buying a used car, how to make sure the seller is honest, and how to check for theft of a car.

When purchasing a used vehicle, you should make sure that the car has not been previously stolen. Many buyers decide to ignore this rule. Don't make the same mistake.

Let's consider several ways to check a car for theft:

  1. Contacting the traffic police. The database of this organization includes all registered cars in Russia. Legal purity can be established by identification code or by chassis or body number.
  2. Expert Bureau. Employees conduct research and provide a written report. The average cost of the service is about 5,000 rubles.

Check by VIN code

Let's look at how to check whether a car is stolen or not using the VIN code. This is a vehicle identification number consisting of 17 characters.

They encrypt information about the characteristics of the vehicle, manufacturer, and year of manufacture. The number can be found on the upper left side of the instrument panel and on the left A-pillar.

Experts recommend paying attention to the tenth character, indicating the year of manufacture. You should also carefully inspect the numbers for any corrections (for example, a three can easily be corrected to an eight).

Check online:

  1. According to the traffic police database. In 2016, motorists were able to check their car using its VIN code on the State Traffic Safety Inspectorate website ( The resource provides access to the department's database with information about vehicle registration, their technical parameters, participation in road accidents, theft, and the presence of restrictions. You need to click the “Vehicle check” button on the website in the right panel. You enter the VIN code and do everything according to the available instructions.
  2. Autocode portal ( For verification, you will need the state number of the car and registration on the Public Services Portal. The service operates only in Moscow and Moscow Region. The only service that provides almost complete car history.
  3. Website of the register of pledges ( Here they check whether the car is pledged.
  4. FSSP website ( If the vehicle is seized, you will find information about foreclosure on the vehicle based on the full name and date of birth of the car owner.
  5. And using the service you can find out who is the owner of the vehicle. The resource collects data on the machine that has ever been on the Internet. Sometimes it finds not only your full name, but also your phone number, social media account, and photos of your car.

Pay attention to the seller's behavior . Insist on official re-registration in the presence of the owner. Typically, sellers of stolen cars try to quickly sell the car under a sales contract and escape.

If the car owner begins to refuse official re-registration, but insists on signing the contract as soon as possible, refuse such a purchase.

Proper registration of the car is the best check . Previously, the length of the procedure and the high cost of a full-fledged car re-registration service scared off both parties.

But a simplified vehicle re-registration system has been in effect for more than a year . It allows you to keep your old plates and not pay a fee for their production.

Benefits of the procedure:

  • the duration of re-registration is an hour or even less;
  • the traffic police checks not only the likelihood of the car being sold being stolen, but also other legal statuses;
  • You are purchasing a legally clean vehicle;
  • The buyer can order his own license plate.

The procedure is simple, does not require a long time, but most importantly, the buyer will not worry about possible legal problems.

This method will help determine the legal purity of the car, help save money on various checks, and make sure that all the numbers on the car and the documents for it match.

First inspection

Experienced buyers have long learned to identify a stolen car using various criteria, without checking it using the traffic police database.

All it takes is a few minutes of conversation with the car owner and a quick look at the documents. It will not be difficult to distinguish fake papers from genuine ones if you understand government requirements.

You can identify a fraudster by his manner and awareness of the characteristics of the car he is selling. If the title indicates that the car owner registered the car in his name a long time ago, he should know everything about his car.

If the answers to questions are vague or evasive, you should be wary . Pay attention to the following indicators:

  • confusing mileage readings, lack of awareness about the quality of service, service repair locations;
  • difficulty answering unexpected questions: for example, the cost of a car in the showroom;
  • the presence of only a copy of the PTS is one of the main red flags;
  • if there are signs of a non-original car registration certificate or its counterfeit;
  • It is very difficult to read body numbers, engine numbers or VIN codes;
  • many different dubious moments.

Other necessary actions:

  1. Carefully inspect the car windows. Windows must have standard markings. If it is not on one of the glasses, it has probably been replaced. Ask the seller for the reason for the replacement. Windows are often broken in order to steal a vehicle.
  2. Examine the ignition switch carefully. Look for damage or visible signs of replacement. Ask the seller about the number of keys he will provide you with (the whole set or just one).
  3. Inspect the engine and the inside of the body. There may be foreign paint, unevenness in the thickness of the marks, or traces of welding. Be sure to compare the numbers indicated on the engine and body with the vehicle documentation.

Check by engine number

Let's find out how to check an engine for theft by license plate number. When re-registering a car, some traffic inspectorates refuse to register the vehicle due to a different engine number.

It may turn out to be stolen. Then a criminal case is opened, and the car is sent for examination.

The plate is etched with acid, revealing the original engine number, which was previously erased by intruders. Then you will have to buy a new engine to re-register. In other traffic police, they may not even look at the engine number.

Before purchasing, it is better to play it safe and go to the traffic police together with the seller . They will check the engine there. If no problems arise, the engine is not wanted, you can safely purchase the car.

The engine number on most vehicles is located on the engine housing or engine components. Embossed on a thin metal plate that is soldered to the motor housing.

Location may vary. Often located under the dipstick hole. You can also look at the technical documentation for the vehicle . Or search the Internet if the car owner has not saved the documentation.

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Problems of buying and selling after theft

If you want to sell a car that was stolen and returned to you, but the factory markings have been changed, what should you do then?

But since there are a lot of similar cars, the traffic police began to register cars that were returned after the theft. It is necessary to conduct an independent forensic examination, which should confirm that the vehicle belongs to the victim.

Since July 2017, some changes have been made to the process of re-registration of a car (Order of the Ministry of Internal Affairs No. 139 of March 20, 2017).

Registration may be refused if:

  • inspectors found signs of tampering, forgery, alteration, destruction of vehicle license plates, components, assemblies, as well as signs of forgery of the provided documents;
  • it is impossible to identify the vehicle due to the replacement of the body and frame, which resulted in the loss of the number applied by the manufacturer;
  • availability of information about the death of an individual or termination of the activities of a legal entity that is the owner of the car;
  • non-payment of state duty;
  • recognition of the PTS as invalid.

Be sure to check the vehicle not only by VIN code . Don't forget to check the engine number as well. Talk to the buyer, ask him various questions, examine the glass, all available numbers, compare them with the documentation provided.

Check your car for theft using various databases . Only after receiving all the information about the car you are buying can you be sure of the car you like.

This way you will protect yourself from possible problems and proceedings related to the operation of the vehicle by the previous owner.

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How to check a car for theft, arrest, pledge: by car number, by VIN, on the Internet

The issues that almost every car enthusiast comes into contact with before purchasing a used car are checking not only the technical condition of the vehicle itself, but also the legal purity of the transaction and everything connected with it. Legal issues include: checking the owner’s rights to the alienated car.

To do this, you need to check whether the car is pledged or stolen, and whether it is under arrest. If you do not ask these questions, the results of the transaction may be unfavorable for the buyer.

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How to check a car for theft

In addition to exchanging the necessary documentation when concluding a transaction to sell a vehicle, it is necessary to verify the authenticity of its owner, i.e. whether the subject of the transaction is listed as stolen. There are several audit methods by which you can obtain genuine information on a specific car. And first, let's find out how to check a car for theft using the traffic police database.

Through the traffic police

So, how can you find out whether a car has been stolen or not using the traffic police? You can obtain this information by directly contacting the employees of this authority. Obtaining data on a car is possible both in the region of residence and at any post.

To clarify the information, you must come to the traffic police in the vehicle being checked. If the fact of criminal theft of a specific car is revealed, the employee is obliged to take measures to detain him in order to establish the circumstances and further proceedings.

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This audit method is provided free of charge; vehicle data is provided without any additional payments. Now let's find out how to identify a car for theft on the Internet.

Using the Internet

This method is the most convenient and labor-intensive. Special portals have been created on the Internet that allow you to obtain information on car theft online. Moreover, you can use these resources even while outside the state. However, there are still very few official databases created with data on stolen vehicles.

On the Internet, you can come across illegal databases that contain supposedly reliable information, but you should not completely trust such resources.

To obtain reliable information, you should use the official website of the traffic police, which operates within a specific region. If there is no such database in the region where the car is located, you must personally contact the authority.

Such databases provide data only on stolen vehicles; there is no information on pawned cars.

What sites can you check on:


Next, we’ll talk about how to check whether a car is listed as stolen by body or chassis number, by state number, by VIN, because such a check is also possible.

The following video will tell you in more detail about online checking of a car for theft:

By state number, by VIN, by body or chassis number

Information about the theft can only be obtained using certain data that each vehicle has. Such identification data includes:

  • Identification number (VIN) – is a unique vehicle code, which includes 17 characters. These symbols contain information about the manufacturer, year of manufacture and some characteristics of the car. Using this code you can obtain reliable information about the past of your car. This number is required to carry out registration actions when performing operations at the traffic police, when an employee checks the VIN number with the entry in the vehicle passport and the inscription on the plate. The VIN code can be located in different places for different cars (under the hood, in the cabin).
  • The body number is the same as the VIN code, but there may also be individual numbers of specific assembly units and parts.
  • The chassis (frame) number can also be identical to the body number, therefore, in all accompanying documentation (vehicle passport, registration certificate) only the body number is indicated. You can also find out the frame number by the VIN code of the car.
  • State vehicle number is an individual number assigned to a vehicle upon registration (alphanumeric information and region number). It is placed on a reflective plate at the back and front of the car.

The easiest way to check is the official online service of the State Traffic Safety Inspectorate (“Vehicle Check”). Thanks to the service you can check:

  • finding the car wanted;
  • prohibition on carrying out registration actions (there are restrictions on changing the owner of the vehicle).

To obtain information, you will need to enter the VIN code of the car in a special window, and to confirm the action, you must enter the numbers from the specified picture. Then click on the “Check for restrictions” button.

Autohistory can also be checked on the website To do this, you must enter one of the known numbers: VIN or state number, as well as the vehicle certificate number.

Knowing how to check a car for theft before purchasing, we will also learn about checking for search and arrest.

How to get a car arrested

A vehicle may be seized in the following cases:

  • the owner of the car has arrears in paying traffic police fines (the arrest is imposed by the bailiff service);
  • the owner of the car has arrears in payment for housing, alimony payments (the arrest is imposed by the court if the vehicle is the subject of controversial legal relations, and there is a risk that the owner will sell the car before a judicial act is issued);
  • the vehicle is suspected of illegal import or has been illegally cleared through customs (the arrest is imposed by the customs authority);
  • a ban on removal from registration is imposed by the investigation department of the traffic police (if the car is involved in an accident, or if there is damage to the places where the VIN code, body number or engine was applied).

If there is a seizure on a car, this means that it is prohibited to carry out any registration operations with the traffic police. An “arrested” car cannot be removed from the register, re-registered to another owner, etc. The verification of the fact of seizure of a car is carried out in those authorities that are authorized to carry out such actions.

Through the traffic police

You can check a car for arrest in the same way as for theft on the official website of the traffic police. To do this, you must also indicate the personal number of the vehicle. However, the inspection may receive information about the seizure of the car a little later, so it would be better to contact the FSSP.

In the FSSP

The responsible authority for the execution of court decisions is the bailiff service. This service contains a database of seized property. Therefore, to obtain information, you must fill out an application, which will take no more than 30 days to review. However, in practice, when citizens apply for information about seizure, it takes from 5 to 7 working days.

In the application it is advisable to indicate information about:

  1. Make and model of the vehicle.
  2. State registration number.
  3. VIN code, which is written in the registration certificate.

The application can be accompanied by documents that confirm the above data.

To check a vehicle for arrest, you can use the virtual form, which is located on the official page of the bailiff service on the Internet. This option is the most efficient, but you must have information about the VIN code.

Sometimes it is necessary to check someone else's car, and such information is often not available, so it is better to submit a written request.

 We will tell you separately how to protect an already purchased car from theft and what to do if a crime is committed.

The video below will tell you more about the methods of checking a car for arrest and search:

How to check a car for collateral

Important Features

A vehicle can be pledged when registering property transactions, when it acts as a guarantor for securing the transaction. In addition, a car is considered collateral if it is purchased under a car loan agreement from specialized companies.

If the car is pledged, then until the amount is fully repaid, it remains the property of the pledgor, but his rights are limited. A pledged car cannot be sold without the consent of the pledge holder, nor can any other transactions be performed with it.

Without going through the procedure for obtaining permission, such transactions with the vehicle will be considered invalid, and the concluded agreement will have no legal force and consequences. The transaction is canceled and everything transferred under the contract must be returned to the parties.

Sometimes it can be very difficult to get money back from an unscrupulous seller.

In addition, a good faith buyer may stop making payments on the obligation, and the mortgagee has the right to sell the collateral to recover the money. In this case, the seller is left without a vehicle and without funds. This is the importance of checking a car for collateral.

When checking documents, the following facts may alert you:

  • availability of a duplicate vehicle passport for a new car;
  • frequent changes of owners.

The legality of the transaction can be checked by asking the owner for a CASCO policy, which specifies the beneficiary. It could be a banking organization or a citizen from whom the car is purchased.


  1. An electronic database of pledges has been created on the website of the Federal Notary Chamber.
  2. Credit history can be checked using the seller's passport data using the Central Catalog of Credit Histories.
  3. Using the Internet portal, the location of the vehicle as collateral is verified.

    To do this you need to know the VIN code. There is a certain list of banking organizations that are partners providing information about pledged cars.

To summarize, when performing any operation with a vehicle, you must exercise caution and, at the slightest suspicion, check the legal cleanliness of the car.

A few rules for making transactions:

  • It is better to sign an agreement with the owner, and not with a trustee;
  • check all documents for their authenticity (vehicle passport, certificate, etc.);
  • check the vehicle part numbers with the data in the vehicle title.

This video will tell you how to check the documents on a car before buying it, this video will tell you:


How to check a car for theft and search when purchasing

For many Russians, a getaway car is often the first vehicle they buy on their own. In addition to the affordable price, the car owner receives all the “past” associated with this car. Often, the presence of problems associated with such a car becomes clear only after the money is transferred to the seller.

Checking the car for theft, collateral and restrictions on the traffic police database will help to minimize risks during such transactions. This operation is available to any Internet user. In this case, it is necessary to enter some data on the car, so it is worth having some information about the vehicle or copies of registration documents for it in advance.

Provision of information

When buying a car, the first thing you do is inquire about its technical condition. To do this, less experienced motorists use the services of technical specialists. However, even a machine that is ideal in terms of operational characteristics can create problems with legal formalities. These situations are possible in the following circumstances:

  • the car was seized;
  • the vehicle is in the stolen car database;
  • the seller's ownership rights to the encumbered car;
  • other justified reasons, according to Russian legislation.

To avoid falling for scammers, you need to know how to check a car for theft and search when purchasing. For such control, a virtual service was created on the traffic police website. You can enter https://gibdd in the address bar yourself.

ru/ and find this service on the official website. The request is processed almost instantly.

It has 24/7 access, thanks to which any user can identify legally established locks on a specific vehicle based on the following criteria:

  • the car is wanted for unlawful taking of property;
  • there are restrictions on the vehicle due to violations of traffic rules by the current car owner;
  • the vehicle is restricted in movement by one of the government bodies: the investigative committee, social protection, customs or judicial authorities.

As a result of the check, the information will contain data on “unclosed” traffic violations. It also provides the amount of penalties and the basis that led to the initiation of these proceedings.

The list will not contain information about the collateral, which means that it is possible to check the car for theft using such an algorithm, but at the moment it is unlikely that it will be possible to identify financial issues. To solve this problem, there are companies that are ready to provide information from some financial institutions for a fee:

  • the name of the credit institution from which the loan was taken;
  • date of execution of the contract;
  • the period within which full repayment must take place;
  • presence of debt or arrears.

When registering with the traffic police, the facts of the encumbrance are not checked. This may become clear after the legal re-registration of documents to the new owner.

It is important to pay attention to the fact that the selling party has the original passport for the vehicle. In situations where the car has any restrictions, then, as a rule, the title remains with the creditors as a guarantee. Re-registration of a car without a passport is impossible. Unscrupulous sellers use various tricks:

  • draw up a legal duplicate, reporting to the traffic police about the “loss of the vehicle”;
  • borrow the original from the lender.

The owner must have the PTS. If there is something wrong with the document, this should alert the buyer.

Re-registration of a car with the traffic police

Vehicles registered with the State Traffic Safety Inspectorate in accordance with the law and only after completing the required documents are allowed on the road in the Russian Federation. Therefore, it is necessary to check the car for theft before paying the seller for the vehicle.

The time frame within which it is necessary to re-register a car after purchase is strictly regulated. This period is 10 days for the following events:

  • official transaction for the purchase/sale of property;
  • registration of customs documents;
  • deregistration of a vehicle;
  • replacement of license plates.

The rule also applies to transporting cars to another region of the country.

A number of categories of transport do not require re-registration. Such vehicles include:

  • cars that will leave the country no later than six months after crossing the border;
  • vehicles participating in international traffic;
  • cars that are intended for sale to specialized companies;
  • vehicles with an internal combustion engine of less than 50 cm3 and a design speed limit of up to 20 km/h, or electric vehicles with a total motor power of up to 4 kW.

For military vehicles, the procedure is carried out in the relevant inspection bodies.


A driver who has not completed the registration procedure is a violator and will be subject to administrative penalties. The first time the amount is 500-800 rubles, and for a repeated violation, the fine increases to 5,000 rubles.

Punishment threatens in both cases: failure to register a vehicle and its use, as well as violation of the deadline for registration provided by law. For those who are interested in how to find out whether a car has been stolen or not, you should hurry up and find out through the appropriate website or in person at the traffic police.

After the purchase, you cannot violate the renewal deadline, since in any case there will be punishment depending on the violator:

  • individuals will pay 1500-2000 rubles;
  • the legal entity will be required to pay 5,000-10,000 rubles;
  • responsible officials will be punished with 2500-3000 rubles.

The relaxation is a rule that came into force at the beginning of 2016, providing for relaxation in payment. If you deposit funds within 20 days after the decision to initiate collection, the payment amount will be reduced by 2 times .

This benefit is provided for the following cases:

  • lack of documents on the car when driving the vehicle;
  • permission to operate a vehicle without appropriate registration;
  • driving a vehicle that is not registered with the traffic police.

After 20 days, the fine must be paid in full.


How to check a car for theft, arrest or pledge - legal advice

Not everyone can afford to buy a new car, so many car lovers opt for used vehicles. However, buying a used car is associated with some risks: the technical condition of the vehicle, as well as the legal aspect of the transaction.

To purchase a legally “clean” car, it is recommended to check the vehicle for theft, and whether it is pledged to the bank and whether it has been seized.

Methods for checking vehicles for theft

To check a car for theft, you can resort to one of the methods. Naturally, the check should be carried out before concluding a contract for the purchase and sale of a vehicle.

  • Inspection through the State Road Safety Inspectorate.

This method involves personally contacting the traffic police with the appropriate application. A citizen has the right to seek help from any department, regardless of his place of registration. Checking at the State Traffic Inspectorate is free of charge.

So, to make sure that the car is clean, you should come to the traffic police department in a vehicle that is subject to inspection. If a vehicle has been stolen, the inspector will detain the seller and the vehicle itself for further investigation and clarification of the circumstances.

You can check the purchased transport using the Internet. This method is not complicated and will not require much time from the citizen. Today, there are a large number of portals through which you can obtain the necessary information about vehicle theft.

You should not trust hijacking checks to dubious sites. After all, not every portal has official database information on stolen cars. To obtain reliable information, it is recommended to make a request on the official website of the State Traffic Inspectorate.

You should know that on the official website of the State Traffic Safety Inspectorate it is possible to check a vehicle using the “Vehicle Check” section.

At the same time, upon request, you can obtain the following information:
- whether the car is stolen;
— whether a ban has been imposed on carrying out any registration actions.
To obtain this information, only the VIN code of the vehicle is entered, after which the entered data is confirmed.

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Checking vehicles for arrest

Do not forget that the legislation provides for cases in which the seizure of transport is allowed:

  • If the owner of the car has arrears in paying fines for administrative offenses. The arrest of the vehicle is carried out by SSP officers.
  • If you have debts to pay utility bills, alimony.
  • If there are suspicions about the illegal import of a car into the country or its customs clearance through illegal means.
  • Traffic police officers may prohibit deregistration of a vehicle if it was involved in an accident or has unreadable body, engine or chassis numbers.

Check for arrest through the traffic police department.
This method consists of similar actions of a potential buyer performed when checking a car for theft. But obtaining this information may take some time, so it would be more rational to make a request to the bailiff service.

Verification through bailiffs .
The SSP is engaged in the execution of court decisions, therefore, employees have a database of property subject to seizure. To obtain the necessary information on a car, you must submit a written application.

The FSSP has the right to consider it for no more than 30 days. But practice shows that an answer can be received within a week after submitting the corresponding request.

Also on the official website of the BSC there is a section that allows you to fill out an application in an electronic version. This method will allow you to quickly obtain the information you are interested in.

But do not forget that you can use this option only if you have information about the VIN code.

Options for checking a vehicle for collateral

There are often cases when a careless buyer enters into a contract for the sale and purchase of a vehicle without checking whether it is pledged or not.

It is important to remember that the owner of a car can pledge it when concluding a property transaction. In such cases, the TS is a kind of guarantor of securing the transaction.

Also, the transport is pledged to the banking organization that issued a loan for its purchase until the debt is fully repaid.

Transactions carried out by the owner of a pledged vehicle may be challenged by interested parties in court. It will be very difficult to return the money paid for such transport.

If the buyer of the car is recognized as a bona fide purchaser, the deposit is removed.

Important! Before purchasing a used car, consult a car lawyer in Yekaterinburg.

To purchase a vehicle without negative consequences, you should make a transaction only with the owner, check the authenticity of the documents, and also check the body, engine, chassis and VIN numbers with the information specified in the vehicle passport.

I wish you safe shopping!



Autocode - official website. Checking a car according to state standards. NUMBER or VIN code

According to statistics, 30% of Russians who bought a used car, during the first month of using it, identify a huge number of problems, the elimination of which requires large financial costs. How to avoid such a situation? Autocode will tell you how to check a car before buying.


We recommend that you carry out the first check of the car at the stage of viewing advertisements. Select the options you like, write down the state. number and check the car using the Autocode service. According to state

number, the system will issue a report with a detailed history of the car. If the information in the ad contradicts the report data, it is better to immediately abandon this option and not waste time meeting with the seller.

Most often, sellers hide the real mileage, number of owners, work in a taxi and participation in an accident.

Start the meeting by checking your documents. Next, proceed to a visual inspection of the car. After that, take it for a test drive. Finally, go with the seller to the service station. Specialists will identify all the technical flaws of the machine. This will allow you to negotiate or even refuse to buy a bad vehicle.

Documentation check

Before buying a used car, it is important to check the documentation:

  • PTS;
  • vehicle registration certificate;
  • seller's passport.

Make sure that there are no special stickers or marks on the PTS. What's the catch here? Marks are placed in cases where the body or engine numbers are interrupted, unreadable or cannot be viewed.

Be wary if the seller provides you with a duplicate title. A duplicate PTS is issued if the original was lost or damaged, and also if there are no free lines left to enter the owners of the car. Therefore, you need to check with the seller how many owners the car had and for what reason the duplicate was made.

Also read: What the PTS will tell you: how buyers of used cars are deceived

But don’t rush to refuse to buy a car just because it’s a duplicate. Check your car using the Autocode service. If the verification data does not contradict the seller’s words, then there is nothing to fear. If the service reports that the vehicle had two or more owners, and the seller claims that he is the first and last owner, then it is better to refuse the transaction.  

Be sure to check the data from the seller’s passport with the data specified in the PTS. Even small differences in documents may result in you not being able to register the car.

Checking your car for fines

There is always a possibility of purchasing a car with outstanding fines. Often, sellers themselves do not know about the debts to the traffic police, but sometimes they deliberately withhold information so that all debts fall on the new owner.

Of course, if you buy such a car, you cannot be forced to pay these fines; this is the responsibility of the former owner. However, there are situations when, due to non-payment of fines, registration restrictions are imposed on the car. In this case, the new owner will not be able to register the car.

To identify the presence of fines, you can use the following services:

  • official website of the traffic police;
  • Autocode service.

To check a vehicle through the official website of the traffic police, you need to know how the state. car number and registration certificate number. To check using the Autocode service, it is enough to know the state code. car number. At the same time, from the report, in addition to the history of fines, you will find out information about mileage, technical. inspections, compulsory motor liability insurance, restrictions and much other important information.

Checking the car for collateral

If a car owner takes out a loan secured by a vehicle or a car loan, then the car is collateral. If you do not know this information when purchasing, then the bank or mortgage holder may oblige you to repay the loan or collect the collateral from you.

You should not immediately refuse to buy if the car is pledged to the bank. Sometimes credit institutions themselves put up for auction and sell interesting models at a fairly low price.

How to check whether a car is considered collateral? To do this, you can use the following sites:

  • register of the notary chamber;
  • Autocode service.

To check a car through the registry of the notary chamber, you need to know information about the pledgor, the registration number of the notice and the VIN of the vehicle. For Autocode, VIN or state code is enough. numbers.

Mileage check

More than 50% of car sellers inflate mileage. This procedure costs from 1,000 to 3,000 thousand, while the owner of the car increases the cost when selling by a larger amount.

Also read: How sellers cheat mileage

You can check the veracity of mileage data in several ways:

  • Check documents;
  • Carry out a proper inspection of the vehicle;
  • Contact specialists.

Also read: How to check car mileage

Check for participation in traffic accidents

More than 75% of cars have been in an accident at least once, and sellers often try to hide this fact.

We talk about the signs of a damaged car and how to check for participation in an accident in a separate article.

If during inspection of the car you notice signs of repair, check the car using Autocode. From the report you will find out where, when and what type of accident the car was involved in.

Checking for restrictions

Beware of car purchases that are subject to restrictions. Read in the special material all about the restrictions on cars and what they can mean for the new owner.

In what cases are restrictions imposed:

  • if the customs authorities have suspicions that the vehicle was cleared through customs under a “gray” scheme;
  • if the vehicle is the subject of a dispute in court;
  • if the owner of the car is obliged by court to pay a bailiff a certain amount of money

Also read: What are the risks of buying a car that is seized?

You can check your car for restrictions on the official website of the traffic police. To do this, you need to know the VIN code or chassis number.

The check can also be carried out through the official website of the bailiffs. To do this, you need to know the owner’s passport details, SNILS or TIN.

Users of the "Autocode" service can, imposed on the vehicle, according to the state. number.

Checking a car for theft

If you purchase a used car that is listed as stolen, there is a chance that you will have to sue the owner who has turned up. In 85% of such situations, the judge obliges the new owner to return the vehicle to its real owner. In this case, you will lose not only the car, but also the money spent on it. It is unlikely that you will be able to get your money back from a fraudster who hid the fact of the theft during the transaction.

Also read: How stolen cars are sold, and how to check for wanted cars

To check, you can use the following methods:

  • Check through the official website of the traffic police;
  • Together with the seller, deregister the car (if the car is stolen, the seller will not be able to carry out this action).

You can also use Autocode and get a more detailed report about the car in just 5 minutes.

Testing for work in a taxi

 "Autocode" provides its users with the opportunity to check whether the vehicle is registered with official taxi services.

If a service check gives you such information, then it is better to refuse the purchase. Such a machine, even if it is relatively young, has most likely practically exhausted its service life. That is, you will face constant repairs that require large financial investments.

Also read: A car after a taxi: how to recognize it and whether it’s worth buying

Checking a car for recycling

These days, a new fraud scheme has emerged among unscrupulous car owners. They deregister the vehicle, dispose of it, and try to sell the vehicle as soon as possible at a fairly low price. As a rule, buyers are attracted by cheapness. But needless to say, it will not be possible for you to register such a vehicle. Money will be thrown away.

Also read: How to check a car for scrap, what are the risks of buying a scrap car

Whether the car was scrapped or not is possible. To do this, it is enough to enter the state. car number.

In addition, you can contact the traffic police with a statement. However, this will require the personal presence of the car owner. Or you can use the official website of the traffic police. In this case, you need to know the VIN.

Technical check

Technical verification is no less important than legal verification. During it, you will be able to visually identify all the shortcomings and defects of the vehicle. We will tell you how to properly check.

When checking a car, you need to pay attention to the following aspects:

  • tire wear;
  • presence of corrosion;
  • paintwork;
  • replacement of body parts;
  • repairs on the slipway;
  • motor operation.

Also read: How to check a car using a thickness gauge

Also read: How to check whether a car has been in an accident

To entrust the technical inspection to a specialist, use the on-site inspection service. An expert will be on site at the right time and will examine the car using special instruments.

Test Drive

A test drive is an integral part of checking the technical condition of a car. If the seller of a used car insists that he does not have time to drive around the city, then it is better to refuse the purchase. Most likely, they are hiding serious flaws from you that will appear while driving.

Before the test drive, ask the seller what investments will be needed after purchase. Most often, under the guise of minor flaws, quite large problems are hidden that will require a lot of money. Carefully remember all the faults that the seller mentions. During the test drive you will have to pay more attention to them.

Also read: How to Test Drive a Used Car

While driving, go at both low and higher speeds. Check for any unusual noises or knocks. For example, if the steering wheel vibrates when driving, this may subsequently lead to the replacement of the box. And such a procedure costs at least 30,000 rubles.

Checking the car with the help of specialists

If you are not confident in your own abilities, then it is better to have your car checked by specialists - at a diagnostic center or service station.

Be careful when choosing a service station. You should not ask the seller for advice, since outbids have an agreement with the station employees. You will not be able to get reliable information from them.

It is better to choose a service station that specializes specifically in your car brand for the following reasons:

  • the craftsmen are well versed in this model;
  • there is specialized equipment;
  • There is diagnostic software on your computer.

Avoid dealerships. The price there is high, and the service leaves much to be desired.

Ask the service station master all the questions that arose during the inspection. A competent worker will easily tell you whether parts have been replaced, painted or otherwise manipulated with the car, which can later cause you a lot of trouble.

Now you know how to check a car before buying. Good luck!

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Also read: 10 things to do after buying a used car


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