An AutoCheck vehicle history report before 1981 doesn't exist, because the 17 digit vehicle vin search number (VIN - vehicle identification number), only became standard on vehicle history reports in 1981. That VIN number is what AutoCheck holds in a VIN search database so you can create a vehicle VIN search.
If your vehicle is close to but still before 1981 there is a chance that the half year marking would have put it in the database. You can still attempt to locate your car in the Car Online Vin Search. It doesn't cost anything to locate a vehicle and once found, the basic data could help lead you to a more detailed finding.
The online AutoCheck report website is designed to protect the public from purchasing damaged vehicles presented as perfect or properly repaired. The National Safety Council reports that in the past few years over ten percent of registered American vehicles were involved in an accident.
Approximately twenty-one million of these cars were not identified as seriously damaged vehicles, and were more likely than not, resold to an unsuspecting public.
A AutoCheck password provides over four billion vehicle accident- mileage- and damage history reports for small trucks and automobiles in the United States and in Canada. (See: AutoCheck Canada here)
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Each vehicle history report available from the online AutoCheck website is the result of data compiled from:
- the Departments of Motor Vehicles (DMVs) in both the United States and Canada
- Fire and Police departments
- Car rentals and Truck rental companies
- Car manufacturers
- Vehicle inspection stations
- Independent test drives and
- Professionally qualified inspection records.
AutoCheck reports that there is no current database of vehicle vin searches for a vehicle history report before 1981. AutoCheck does suggest looking for specific car clubs or used carss and antique car enthusiast groups that may maintain a separate database of older vehicle search identification numbers or search characteristics.