SureSale Certified vehicles have clean titles, period. Every SureSale Certified vehicle goes through a rigorous vehicle history check to ensure that it is free of title issues that could negatively affect vehicle quality (and value). No fire, flood, or hail damaged vehicles. No vehicles with salvaged titles, and no vehicles with junk titles. No vehicles with odometer issues, and no vehicles with undisclosed liens. Get the picture? We even check for major reported accidents and, you guessed it, those vehicles don’t have the distinction of becoming SureSale Certified.
Our history check includes several critical background items so you can be sure. In reviewing the Factfile™ for a SureSale Certified vehicle, you will see that it includes the following three items:
1. Major Reported Accidents and Damage
SureSale receives vehicle history data from state motor vehicle departments (DMVs), insurance companies, collision repair shops, and law enforcement agencies (including the Department of Justice’s national title database) to build a list of serious collisions a car has been in. In many cases, severe structural damage and airbag deployments are also listed. These vehicles do not quality to be SureSale Certified.
But not all serious damage is a result of a collision or accident, and that’s why we look at items such as flood, fire, and hail damage. These items “brand” the vehicle’s title and are excluded from being SureSale Certified.
2. Ownership History and Title Brands
The title history of the vehicle is very important to its quality, and that’s why we exclude items which may impact its value, including salvage, junk, or any odometer brands, and we also exclude vehicles that have been police cars and taxis. The Factfile™ lists the result of this title check, and you should feel confident that they vehicles with these reported issues are not eligible for SureSale Certified.
The Factfile™ also details the ownership history of the vehicle. You can see how many owners a vehicle has had, when and where it was sold, and where it was registered. None of this information is a prerequisite for being a SureSale Certified vehicle but it provides an important window into the history of the vehicle you are buying.
3. Recalls and Warranty Information
The Factfile™ is a resource for understanding any recalls which the vehicle might have, if they are currently open or closed, the severity of such recalls, and helpful VIN-specific links to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The fact that the vehicle has been recalled does not exclude it from being certified with SureSale, and it should not disqualify it from your consideration. Given the complexity of today’s cars, vehicles may be recalled at some point in their lifecycle, and the manufacturer usually pays for such repairs.
The Factfile™ also provides information about the vehicle’s manufacturer warranty and, based on the mileage we report at time of inspection, if any of the warranty coverages are currently in force for the vehicle.
Why the SureSale Vehicle History Check does not replace the need for an Inspection
No matter how much insight the Factfile™ provides you about the vehicle’s history, it is (by definition) insight into the vehicle’s past and not its current condition. That’s why all the experts recommend an independent, comprehensive inspection prior to purchasing any pre-owned vehicle. The good news is the every SureSale Certified vehicle has passed a 170-point inspection, conducted by a certified automotive technician, which is totally independent of the dealership and manufacturer.