About VINCheckPro

Whether you need to learn about a vehicle’s history, avoid overpaying for a used car, or identify fraud or theft, VINCheckPro promises to deliver comprehensive, detailed reports that can provide peace of mind.

Using their simple, intuitive VIN check engine, VINCheckPro claims to search millions of digital records in seconds, including junk, salvage, and loss records; recalls and defects, safety ratings, accident history, odometer reading, environmental score, and much more. Then, this information is displayed in an easy-to-read report, which is why the company claims they’ve checked more than 3,000,000 vehicles to date.

Are you an auto dealer? If so, VINCheckPro also offers a dealership program that provides discounts on bulk reports, dedicated support, and exposure to millions of vehicle shoppers.

Whether you need a single report for a car you’re thinking about buying, or you’re a dealership that needs to run hundreds of reports per month, is VINCheckPro a solid option? How do they compare to the competition?

To begin answering your questions, let’s take a look at how you can order reports through their system.

How Does VINCheckPro Work?

A vehicle identification number (VIN) is a 17-character string of numbers and letters that works a lot like a fingerprint; it’s completely unique and can be used for identification purposes. Any time a vehicle is involved in a major accident, stolen, smog tested, or many other things, this VIN is tracked across various databases.

We’ll talk more about this soon, but companies like VINCheckPro provide access to these databases, where you can quickly download reports referencing dozens of important aspects about a car.

To do this, on VINCheckPro’s home page, you’ll just need to enter the VIN and press the Check This VIN button.

VINCheckPro's home pageTo start your VINCheckPro report, start by entering the VIN on the company’s home page.

Then, several scrollbars will appear, indicating that VINCheckPro is searching a variety of databases. If their system finds any matches, it will display the vehicle’s make, model, age, engine, country of origin, and other key information.

Note: It’s important to mention that VINCheckPro displayed a dire-sounding warning in red letters after processing, claiming, “[VIN] was found in a recall database. Check full report for more information.” However, in order to view this information, you’re required to make a purchase, which we’ll discuss in the Pricing section below.

To this extent, keep in mind that just about every vehicle on the road has some kind of recall in place, whether minor or major. So, if you receive a similar message on VINCheckPro.com, don’t let your emotions cause you to make an ill-informed purchase. Instead, check vehicle recalls on reputable sites like Cars.com, which provide detailed information at no charge.

What, exactly, do VINCheckPro’s reports contain?

Are VINCheckPro Reports Accurate?

VINCheckPro tells us they pull information from several official and commercial services, such as the National Motor Vehicle Title Information System (NMVTIS), state DMV, police records, and “over 40 million junk, salvage and insurance total loss records.”

The company claims reports are available for almost 90% of U.S.-titled vehicles (manufactured after 1980) on the road, including motorcycles, RVs, trailers, campers, and motor homes. However, not every accident or incident will be available for each of these vehicles. Here’s how the company puts it:

“We cannot guarantee a full accident history, but critical incidents typically appear in Insurance Total Loss record or DMV Salvage title and are therefore available on our reports.”

Also, it’s important to note that not every state provides the same level of data. For example, according to VINCheckPro, only 37 states provide vehicle data and allow system inquiries (necessary in order to pull the information included in a report).

On the other hand, 7 states feed information to databases but don’t allow inquiries, while 7 more states don’t do either of these. See below to check if your state participates.

A map of State Motor Vehicle Administration Overall Compliance Depending on which state you live in, you might not be able to obtain vehicle information from VINCheckPro’s database.

As mentioned in the intro, we’re told that VINCheckPro’s reports contain information like accident history, junk and salvage records, odometer reading, environmental score, and more. However, we’re not provided with any kind of sample report that you can use to make a more informed purchase.

After some digging though, we found a sample VINCheckPro report on the MR2.com forums. It appears the report was from March 2014, so we can’t be certain how accurately this reflects the company’s current reports.

How Much Does VINCheckPro Cost?

After processing your VIN, you’ll have two purchasing options:

  • 1 Report: $6.95
  • 5 Reports: $12.95

Important note: On the ordering page, VINCheckPro indicates that both of these are one-time fees. However, per their FAQ, “premium fees are recurring and will automatically renew upon expiration at the same price and terms.” In other words, it appears you’ll be charged this price once per month.

For clarification, we reached out through VINCheckPro’s contact form (the only way to speak with a representative) and were told that this is a one-time fee, although a monthly subscription option is also available. For the record, this option wasn’t available when we attempted to check out.

What about that “first report is free” claim? We weren’t presented with this option until we clicked off the ordering page, so keep this in mind before handing over your credit card details.

If you claim your free report though, remember that, according to VINCheckPro’s Privacy Policy, your information will be shared with their “trusted partners,” so you could experience spam and unwanted sales calls.

All VINCheckPro reports come with a 100% satisfaction guarantee. Specifically, they claim that if you don’t find what you’re looking for, you’re eligible for a refund. According to their FAQ though, this is only valid if “the data in your report proves inaccurate by a state title document copy.”

VINCheckPro Reviews: Are Customers Happy with Their Reports?

The only website with any VINCheckPro reviews at the time of our research was eKomi, where the company had 107 individual reviews and a 4.9-star average rating. There, most compliments referenced good report information and ease of use, and that these reports helped avoid a bad purchase.

On the other hand, most complaints appeared to reference missing/incomplete information, expensive prices, and confusing billing/subscription options.

VINCheckPro Vs. Carfax and Other VIN Check Engines

Like people search (also known as background check) websites, VIN check sites generally have access to the exact same databases, as well as the information they contain. The only real differences come down to how they display this information in their report and how much you pay for it.

As the originator, Carfax is the most recognized name in the VIN search industry. Like VINCheckPro, you’ll be able to search for used cars on Carfax’s website, although Carfax can also send you alerts when your vehicle needs service, such as oil changes, tire rotation, registration, and emissions, as well as for safety recalls.

However, compared to VINCheckPro, you’ll pay a lot more for a Carfax report, which can range between $39.99 and $54.99.

Again, the reality is that you’ll find many of these same services available through competitors, and one of the only meaningful distinction is how much you’ll pay. Speaking of which, Autocheck’s reports cost $24.99-$99.99, while VehicleHistory.com, Edmunds, and DMV.org appear to offer free services.

Pro tip: You can search some of the same databases that VINCheckPro (and these other companies) use directly, completely free of charge, including VINCheck from the National Insurance Crime Bureau and the National Motor Vehicle Title Information Systems.

Bottom Line: Should You Pay for a VINCheckPro Report?

Back in 2009, Consumer Reports investigated the accuracy of Carfax and AutoCheck, and found that “the reports were most likely to be incorrect for vehicles that had serious damage but for various reasons were not declared a total loss.”

Although there’s no way to know if this same holds true for other services like VINCheckPro, if you’re mainly looking for “minor” accidents, VIN check engines might not be your best option. However, Consumer Reports concluded that these reports are still useful “for what they might tell you,” such as salvaged titles, occasional maintenance records, and so forth.

Given this, VINCheckPro is one of the least expensive options out there, so they could help you make a smarter used car-buying decision, for less cash. But considering that you can check many of the same databases yourself, without paying a dime, only you can decide if handing over your money is worth the added convenience.

Did you order a VINCheckPro report? Did it meet your expectations? Spell it out for us in your review below!

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Average Consumer Rating: 1.5
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Bottom Line: 8% would recommend it to a friend
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  • Canadian got screwed!

    • Toronto, Ontario, Canada,
    • Jun 13, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    I should have reviewed this site first to find out that VINCheck is useless.

    As others had mentioned, you enter your VIN and are given signs that there are things you should be aware of. Click on the details and you are asked to pay for the report. Once you get the report, all the warnings are no longer there and any information regarding the sale or accidents is not there.

    Oops, you're Canadian - sorry can't help you there, we don't have access to Canadian databases! Thank VINCheck - you could have warned me!

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • SCAM in accurate data

    • Pennsylvania,
    • May 1, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    When you search the VIN, it says it has a lot of info only after you pay it is inaccurate not by a little.

    Example: Just paid for a second opinion and I was not expecting to be off by a year and 12K miles.

    Asked for a refund and they just threw the terms in my face that they were not responsible for the accuracy.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 1 out 1 people found this review helpful

    Rip off

    • Minnesota,
    • May 1, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    I needed to know as much information as I could quickly learn about a particular car. I entered the VIN and opted for the one time purchase option. Upon completion, I received an "oops" message with no other information or recourse. I confirmed that they charged my PayPal account and now I have nothing to show for it. I am super disappointed and feel scammed by this site.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 5 out 5 people found this review helpful

    Total scam from guy named himself David Tay on Craigslist

    • Chesnee, SC,
    • Feb 16, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    Total scam to get you to purchase the report. I received an email from David Tay on Craigslist and he asked many questions about the car, we answered and said to come look at it, before a long travel and he said this:

    "Thanks for your response. I really wanna see some information that the history report shows, and I don't wanna get it myself cause if it turns out bad it's useless to me, but you can use it either way. I would recommend the one from vincheckhub.com cause I've used them before and I trust them the most. If the report is good I have no problem repaying you for it and I'll come tomorrow with cash, and we can make a deal."

    We never heard from him again even though we paid for the report, and the report is not up to date, miles were way off, lien info wrong, basically useless report for anyone to use, it has so many not available or found info. Also when you put your VIN number in, it comes up with exclamation marks leading you to believe there are questionable or negative items on the report, which under those titles there was no negative reported. Just a scam.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 3 out 5 people found this review helpful

    Vehicle history report

    • Seattle, WA,
    • Feb 12, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    I am very dissatisfied with this. The primary reason I paid for this was to find the current owner and title history. Nothing like this on the report.

    The report shows "NO RECORDS FOUND" under Sale Records.

    Waste of money.

    Customer service does not respond..."not available."

    I would not recommend this to a friend or an enemy.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 2 out 2 people found this review helpful

    Brief report

    • Oregon,
    • Jan 16, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    I am dissatisfied with the result of the check - no information as to the number of vehicle owners, locations, service records. Waste of money.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 3 out 3 people found this review helpful

    Scam

    • Washington,
    • Jan 9, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    I paid for not only one VIN check but four additional checks. I get an oops error message and no report. That counts as one check from what I can see. Then when I put in another VIN, it tries to charge me again. Total scam. I file a dispute with PayPal and a complaint with the BBB. Warn people to stay away from this site.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 1 out 1 people found this review helpful

    Waste of money

    • Cleveland, OH,
    • Jan 9, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    I ordered a VIN check and got a different VIN number report. Right away I contacted customer service, 13 days later, no answer. Nobody cares after you had paid for a service.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • Scam

    • California,
    • Dec 31, 2018
    • Verified Reviewer

    The report provides information that can be found for free. Do not provide your credit card information as the website is not protected. I wish a had investigated this service before paying. I will have to submit a dispute on my credit card and request a new one.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 3 out 3 people found this review helpful

    Lesson learned - read reviews

    • Mount Airy, MD,
    • Sep 27, 2018
    • Verified Reviewer

    I used VINCheckPro to buy a car last year. No issues. I went to sell the car this year, and Carmax ran appraisal, showing two accidents and frame damage reported publicly - nothing on the VINCheck report. What a fraud.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 4 out 4 people found this review helpful

    VINCheckPro, what a waste and scam

    • Tacoma, WA,
    • Sep 24, 2018
    • Verified Reviewer

    I signed up ($13.00) to check a VIN and got zero information. When I tried to log in again on multiple computers. I just got a white page that said "Success," and I am unable to check other VINs as advertised. Don't waste your money.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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