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How to hack google to get a Free Vehicle History Report Before You Buy a Car

by on June 13, 2013

used-carTo check out a used car’s history before you buy it, you can order an AutoCheck or CarFax report for $30 or $40 or use this hidden search technique to get a free report.

  1. First, get the VIN for the car
  2. Then do a Google search for dealer autocheck inurl:vin
  3. Click on the first search result (right now it leads to an autoexact.com site, but this trick works with other sites as well)
  4. Replace the VIN in the URL with your own. Note that if there’s any other information after the VIN, such as an id=####, just replace the VIN and keep the other info intact.

VoilĂ ! You’ll get the AutoCheck report from Experian with the basic details of the car, along with any reported accidents, title issues, the last reported odometer reading, and the full history of the car. Good to know when you’re used car shopping.

You may be asking why is this in the funny section? Because it’s fun to save money, right? :]