Data API – Vehicle History Reports

Data API – Vehicle History Reports

WPSuperDealer provides vehicle history through NMVTIS, a database of millions of records reported by state DMVs, insurance carriers and salvage yards.



WPSuperDealer provides vehicle history through the National Motor Vehicle Title Information System (NMVTIS), a database of millions of vehicle records reported by state DMVs, insurance carriers, and salvage yards.

Overseen by the US Department of Justice, NMVTIS was created to protect consumers from buying fraudulent and unsafe vehicles.

Used by US states and law enforcement agencies, NMVTIS is the only nationwide database of vehicle history that DMVs, insurance carriers, and junk/salvage yards are required by law to report into.

What information can be found in a report?

  • Checks across over 60 potential title problems
  • Checks across over 40 million Junk, Salvage and Insurance Records
  • Access to associated state DMV title records
  • History for cars, trucks, RVs, and motorcycles

Title Records

The section show title records — the legal document proving ownership of a vehicle issued by state DMVs. Below you will find the number of times this vehicle has been registered and in which states, which is listed in chronological order.

Junk / Salvage / Insurance Records

The junk, salvage, and insurance section lists vehicles that have either been reported as a total loss by an insurance company, vehicles that have been registered with a junk/scrap yard, and vehicles that have been sold at a salvage auction (to be potentially rebuilt and sold at retail!).

Accident Records

The accident records identifies vehicle accidents — both minor and major — typically in cases where there is a police report associated with the accident event. Note that, like other vehicle history providers, this report aggregates accidents from a combination of police departments, state agencies, and industry sources, and a lack of a positive match does not necessarily mean the vehicle has had an accident-free history.

Theft Records

This section highlights any historical or active reports of theft and theft recoveries with data from the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) and other industry sources. Buyer beware: those scammed into buying a stolen car often lose both the money and the car if it is recovered by the police.

Lien / Impound / Export Records

This section show lien, impound, and export records. Vehicle liens records indicate that an finance company may have a claim to ownership of this vehicle. Impound records show if a vehicle was taken to any impound lots. And export records show if a vehicle was ever exported outside of the United States.

Salvage Auction Records

This section lists historical salvage auction listings. This means the vehicle has been damaged so severely that the insurer has deemed it a total loss and sold it at auctions.

Sale Records

This section shows historical listings of this vehicle for sale, either by a private party or by a car dealership. In some cases, this can give you an idea of when the vehicle has been sold before and the price at which the vehicle was offered for sale.

Problem Checks

This section lists our checks for all potential title brands issued by state DMVs against the title. A “branded” title — as opposed to a “clean” title — indicates that the state has permanently associated a potential issue related to the vehicle.

Supplemental Resources

This section contains additional data related to the vehicle which may or may not be related to the vehicle’s history. This includes the vehicle’s estimated market value, the vehicle’s estimate 5-year ownership cost (if purchased now), and recommended external resources for finding out more.

All vehicle information is being provided by data services outside our direct control. While efforts have been made to insure data accuracy we accept no responsibility for incorrect information. If you have a VIN that returns incorrect information then please contact with the VIN so we can verify the misinformation and credit your account for the VIN that was incorrect.

NMVTIS Consumer Access Disclaimer:

The National Motor Vehicle Title Information System (NMVTIS) is an electronic system that contains information on certain automobiles titled in the United States. NMVTIS is intended to serve as a reliable source of title and brand history for automobiles, but it does not contain detailed information regarding a vehicle’s repair history.

All states, insurance companies, and junk and salvage yards are required by federal law to regularly report information to NMVTIS. However, NMVTIS does not contain information on all motor vehicles in the United States because some states are not yet providing their vehicle data to the system. Currently, the data provided to NMVTIS by states is provided in a variety of time frames; while some states report and update NMVTIS data in “real-time” (as title transactions occur), other states send updates less frequently, such as once every 24 hours or within a period of days.
Information on previous, significant vehicle damage may not be included in the system if the vehicle was never determined by an insurance company (or other appropriate entity) to be a “total loss” or branded by a state titling agency. Conversely, an insurance carrier may be required to report a “total loss” even if the vehicle’s titling-state has not determined the vehicle to be “salvage” or “junk.”

A vehicle history report is NOT a substitute for an independent vehicle inspection. Before making a decision to purchase a vehicle, consumers are strongly encouraged to also obtain an independent vehicle inspection to ensure the vehicle does not have hidden damage. The Approved NMVTIS Data Providers (look for the NMVTIS logo) can include vehicle condition data from sources other than NMVTIS.

NMVTIS data includes (as available by those entities required to report to the System):
Information from participating state motor vehicle titling agencies.
Information on automobiles, buses, trucks, motorcycles, recreational vehicles, motor homes, and tractors. NMVTIS may not currently include commercial vehicles if those vehicles are not included in a state’s primary database for title records (in some states, those vehicles are managed by a separate state agency), although these records may be added at a later time.
Information on “brands” applied to vehicles provided by participating state motor vehicle titling agencies. Brand types and definitions vary by state, but may provide useful information about the condition or prior use of the vehicle.
Most recent odometer reading in the state’s title record.
Information from insurance companies, and auto recyclers, including junk and salvage yards, that is required by law to be reported to the system, beginning March 31, 2009. This information will include if the vehicle was determined to be a “total loss” by an insurance carrier.
Information from junk and salvage yards receiving a “cash for clunker” vehicle traded-in under the Consumer Assistance to Recycle and Save Act of 2009 (CARS) Program.

Consumers are advised to visit www.vehiclehistory.gov for details on how to interpret the information in the system and understand the meaning of various labels applied to vehicles by the participating state motor vehicle titling agencies.

Additional Disclaimer: The information used to compile this report is aggregated from various government agencies, non-profit organizations, and industry sources. Access to the National Motor Vehicle Title Information System (NMVTIS) is facilitated through Approved NMVTIS Consumer Access Provider VinAudit.com, Inc. The accuracy and reliability of the information supplied depends primarily on the reporting sources, and all entities involved in compiling this report accept no liability for any errors or omissions. Furthermore, all warranties, expressed or implied, including any implied warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose are hereby disclaimed.

Please see the Data Services page for more information and all disclosures.

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