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About VinPit

At VinPit, our ultimate goal is to help you make better car-buying decisions by equipping you with the most comprehensive background information on any used vehicle.

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We Help You Check Vehicles

VinPit is a company dedicated to helping you steer clear of bad cars, especially when buying a used one. To that end, we offer powerful tools free of charge, such as VIN decoders, VIN checks, and license plate lookups. We also have educational resources that help you understand VINs and cars better.

How We Stand out

  • We Offer Easy Ways to Check Vehicles

    With VinPit, you can check a car's background using only the VIN or license plate number.T All you need to do is input one of the numbers in our search engine, and VinPit will do the rest.

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  • Our Services Are Free

    All our services, including VIN decoders, license plate lookups, and informative blogs, do not cost you a dime. You can run a VIN and license plate lookup on VinPit anywhere, anytime, and however many times you want.

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  • Our System Is Linked to Multiple Databases

    VinPit's search engine is connected to numerous trusted sources, such as the NHTSA, IIHS, and NICB. We also retrieve data from state DMVs, Kelley Blue Book, and research publications. Our access to these reliable databases improves your chances of finding out about your target vehicle.

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We Provide All the Details You May Need about a Vehicle

VinPit presents an easy-to-understand vehicle history report after fetching data from the databases. Here's what the report may include:


  • Drive type
  • Body type
  • Vehicle type
  • Manufacturer
  • Make and model
  • Model year
  • Number of cylinders
  • Engine displacement
  • Transmission type

Vehicle Condition:

  • Genuine mileage
  • Part replacements
  • Safety ratings
  • Maintenance records
  • Special vehicle use

Recalls & Complaints:

  • Open recalls
  • Consumer complaints

Accident/Damage Records:

  • Accident histories
  • Damages it had suffered
  • Total loss
  • Repair records

Theft Reports:

  • Theft claims
  • Sources of stolen vehicles
  • VIN validity

Our Editorial Team

All the content on VinPit is written and curated by experts with professional credentials and years of experience in the automotive industry, whose in-depth insights have also been published on other major media and tech sites. Here are some of them:

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Steven Ewing

Freelance Automotive Writer

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Steven Ewing is an award-winning freelance journalist with more than two decades of experience covering the automotive industry.

Ewing has held staff positions at publications such as Autoblog, CNET, Motor1, Automobile, and Winding Road, and has written for outlets like SlashGear, Car and Driver, Jalopnik, and more.

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Nancy Dunham

Automotive & Business Journalist

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Nancy Dunham is a veteran automotive and business journalist. Her expertise includes vehicle testing and reviews, industry trends and analysis, and sustainability and technology advancements in the automotive industry.

Her work is seen in Wards Auto, Newsweek, Automotive News, F&I Showroom, National Automobile Dealers Association, and many other national publications.

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Karl Brauer

Automotive Journalist & Analyst

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Karl Brauer is a well-known automotive expert and analyst, with over 20 years of experience in the field. He is often quoted in the media, including major newspapers and online publications, and has appeared on television programs to share his insights on the automotive industry.

He has worked for various publications and websites, including Forbes, Autotrader, and Kelley Blue Book.

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Get in Touch With Us

[email protected]
+1 202 845 7582
Opening Hours:
Monday - Friday: 7:00 AM - 8:30 PM
Saturday - Sunday: Closed