Buying a Vehicle
Department of Justice Alert on Flood-Damaged Vehicles
Buying a new or used vehicle is a major purchase, and it can be a complicated process, but by following some guidelines and doing the right research before the sale, consumers can minimize or eliminate common buying errors.
Regardless of where they are making a purchase, consumers need to know how to protect themselves from a fraudulent deal. An unscrupulous seller may try to get rid of a stolen vehicle, tamper with an odometer by rolling back the mileage, alter a title, or sell a car with extensive water or collision damage that has not been properly repaired.
Buyers are encouraged to do their homework and not be pressured into purchasing a vehicle before doing some basic research.
Here are some more valuable tips to keep in mind when purchasing a vehicle:
Vehicle History Tools
National Motor Vehicle Title Information System (NMVTIS)
- NMVTIS is a national vehicle electronic system established to help protect consumers from vehicle related fraud. A consumer can obtain information on the vehicle’s title, history and condition by obtaining a vehicle history report from an NMVTIS approved provider.
Check Vehicle History
Arizona Vehicle Emissions History
- This free service is from the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality.
Arizona Motor Vehicle Inquiry
- Request a title and registration motor vehicle record online.
Lien Motor Vehicle Inquiry
- A service is available to check for liens and unrestricted financial obligations on an Arizona titled vehicle.
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)
- NHTSA provides information on vehicle safety ratings and vehicle recalls.