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Understanding an NMVTIS Vehicle History Report

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What is included in an NMVTIS Vehicle History Report

An NMVTIS Vehicle History Report is intended to only provide data on five key indicators associated with prevention auto fraud and theft.

Why is title information important to consumers?

Verifying the validity of the title helps prevent auto fraud and theft.

Why is brand information important to consumers?

Brands are descriptive labels (applied by state motor vehicle titling agencies) regarding the status of a motor vehicle, such as "junk," "salvage," and "flood." NMVTIS keeps a history of brands that have been applied to the vehicle by any state. Brand information helps protect consumers from purchasing a damaged vehicle that is presented for sale without disclosure of the vehicle’s real condition. Without knowing the brand history, a consumer may pay more than a vehicle’s true value or purchase a vehicle that has not been adequately repaired and is not safe to drive.

Why is odometer information important to consumers?

The crime of odometer fraud may result in a consumer paying more than the vehicle’s fair market value or cause the consumer to purchase an unsafe vehicle.

Also, checking the odometer reading helps consumers to identify discrepancies in the vehicle’s history.

Why is total loss information important to consumers?

When a vehicle has been deemed a total loss, generally the vehicle has had severe damage. Knowing whether a vehicle has been declared a total loss helps consumers avoid purchasing a potentially unsafe vehicle.

Why is salvage information important to consumers?

Similar to a vehicle with a total loss history, a vehicle that has a salvage history has had severe damage. Salvage history helps consumers avoid purchasing a potentially unsafe vehicle.


Other Questions:

Why doesn’t my NMVTIS Vehicle History Report have any information?

A "clean" NMVTIS report is a GOOD thing!

An NMVTIS Vehicle History Report is intentionally concise. Generally, it is shorter than other vehicle history reports. It provides information on the five key indicators listed above. An NMVTIS Vehicle History Report helps consumers identify vehicles that are potentially unsafe. IF a vehicle has a brand, total loss, or salvage history, then the consumer is warned that the vehicle may be unsafe.

What does an NMVTIS Vehicle History Report look like?

For samples of NMVTIS Vehicle History Reports, please visit the approvedNMVTIS data provider’s websites.

Why should I purchase an NMVTIS Vehicle History Report?

Before making a decision to purchase a vehicle, consumers are strongly encouraged to obtain an independent vehicle inspection, get an NMVTIS Vehicle History Report, and consult other available vehicle information resources. For additional details about the information contained in NMVTIS, please review the Consumer Access Product Disclaimer.

NMVTIS is the only publicly available system in the United States to which all insurance carriers, auto recyclers, junk yards, and salvage yards, are required, under federal law, to report to on a regular basis.

The System is intended to ensure key vehicle history information is available, accessible, and affordable to consumers.

NMVTIS provides a unique service in terms of the source of its data and timeliness in which its data is received. Private vehicle history providers offer beneficial information to the public that is not intended to be included in NMVTIS, such as vehicle repair histories, recall information, and other care and maintenance data

Where does the information in NMVTIS come from?

These data sources are required by federal law to report regularly to NMVTIS.