Shopping for a new car is a mixture of excitement, anxiety, euphoria, and, in extreme cases, despair.
Nobody wants to change their car early, but we can’t avoid it. Sooner or later we will have to say goodbye to an old friend, either because of some major breakdown or simply because the car no longer fits our lifestyle. The search for a new or used car begins. Where to start, what to look for, the choice of budget and the location of the car search, all this and more awaits us before buying a new hobby.
Like most Slovenian researchers, we usually turn to the popular website avto.net or bolha.com. Some also turn to foreign websites (mobile.de and the like) and look for a car in nearby neighbours. We select filters and parameters for the easiest and fastest search. Once you’ve decided on the make, engine type, car model, and our budget cap, it’s time to take a tour and negotiate with the dealers. If everything goes according to plan, you will contact the dealer and become the proud owner of a new car.
We forgot something. Before buying a used car, it is almost necessary to know its history, especially if you notice some alarming signs outside or at the dealer. All you need is a Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) and an app or service to check the history of a used vehicle. On the avto.net website, you have already noticed the Carfax service, which checks the history of your future car. However, we found another similar online service, which supposedly stands out due to its real-time operation and based on blockchain technology, which guarantees the correctness of its data. It’s called CarVertical and we’ve looked at it in more detail.
What does a CarVertical report check for a used vehicle?
The CarVertical report contains: vehicle service history, hidden damage report, mileage status, photos, previous owners report, theft logs, common faults for each model, and other useful information.
Why might you even need to check your car history? With a new car, there is no doubt that it is free from defects, and with used vehicles that have changed one or more owners, many defects can be hidden. Why would anyone falsify or hide information? Turned mileage and hidden information about the accident and the like increases the value of the car.
By checking your car history, you can save up to a few thousand euros on repairs and maintenance. Of course, you may be lucky and a car with many hidden flaws will work flawlessly, but you will likely encounter at least one major expense in the first year. You can avoid this with the CarVertical Report. According to them, all data is processed and verified, and the blockchain confirms the authenticity of their data. They say that unlike other similar service providers, their vehicle’s history data cannot be altered, falsified or tampered with.
We’ve checked exactly what they check and what details you can expect when purchasing the report.
CarVertical Report: Price?
You will have to deduct 16.99 euros for the purchase of one report, they offer a 38% discount for two reports and you will pay 9.99 euros for one report, and in case you want to inspect three cars, one report will cost you 8.99 euros. They also have a special corporate offer:
- 20 reports 139,8 € (6,99 € per report)
- 50 reports €299.5 (€5.99 per report)
- 100 reports 545€ (5.45€ per report)
Before you make a decision on two or more reports, we’ve checked what their report actually covers.
Step 1: Enter the VIN number
On the title page, you will notice a box to enter your vehicle’s VIN number. The VIN number of the car can be placed in different places: on the windshield, under the hood (near the engine), on the driver’s door frame, on the right side in the trunk and the like.
Step 2: Initial Check
After entering the VIN code, you will be redirected to the Transition Vehicle Record Verification Procedure. A window will appear with all available information and records regarding the vehicle’s VIN code. This is a general overview of whether the online vehicle history check service CarVertical has found information about your vehicle in the available databases. However, you will need to rent one of the above packages for a detailed review.
For testing purposes, we used the VIN number (which will of course remain anonymous) for a Fiat Bravo 1.6, purchased in 2013. It is a vehicle imported from Italy (1st registration 2010), which is supposed to be technically flawless when purchased. After 9 years of use, we decided to check the seller’s claim back then.
What do we find?
The first section is a summary of the full inspection, where you will see if the vehicle has been damaged, stolen, rolled over or used as a corporate vehicle. Our car got all the green hooks, which is a good sign that the seller’s claims are true.
If you move down a bit, you will be aware of all the recorded activities of the vehicle, including services, technical checks and the like. Unsuccessful inspections have also been reported. The next tab shows the status of the vehicle. Whether it is used as a taxi, company car, police car, or other information such as overdue financial obligations, forfeitures, and more. Although our car was imported from Italy, which can also be seen in the Monitoring Activities section, there is no information on the condition of the imported car in this record. This was also the only slight flaw we noticed in the CarVertical report.
We took a break from searching stolen vehicles, because we hadn’t driven a stolen vehicle for 9 years. Records were examined at police bases in Slovenia, Romania, Lithuania, the Czech Republic, Canada, Hungary, Ukraine, Finland, Sweden and Slovakia. The following is perhaps the most interesting information for many, the status of the odometer. In our case, the car did not flip kilometers, but we found a report about the car, which interfered with the real case of the kilometers traveled.
Information on previous vehicle accidents is also interesting. We were lucky here as well, as no accident records were found in all available databases, which is in line with our expectations. For ease of viewing, we have added an example of a damaged vehicle report.
This is followed by information on changes to the title document, factory recalls and factory equipment of the vehicle.
What did we learn from the CarVertical report? Fortunately, in our case, we only confirmed the seller’s claims. The car is technically and externally flawless. However, as you may have noticed, the report might reveal some bugs (which are intentionally hidden) that could cause you a lot of headaches. Usually, repair costs can range from a few hundred euros to several thousand euros.
Is it Worth Reviewing Your Vehicle History with a CarVertical Report? The editorial board unanimously considers the price of a single report (16.99 euros) fair for spotting potential errors that could cost you even your belongings. If you decide to purchase a report, we recommend that you choose a package of two reports. In this case, you will only pay €9.99 for one report. Even if you don’t currently need another CarVertical report, you can save it to buy another car.
The CarVertical report can be purchased at www.carvertical.com.
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