Five Best Practices For Getting The Most Out Of Your Vehicle History Reporting Service

June 20, 2018 by Kirsten Von Busch

When it comes to vehicle history reporting, there are many offerings on the table. Some are better known than others, but only one comes from the global leader in data-driven solutions. AutoCheck® vehicle history reports are backed by Experian Information Solutions and have many key features that competitors don’t have.

You and your customers can make more confident decisions knowing that the vehicle’s history is backed by data from Experian. Selling is made easier by providing greater transparency which strengthens consumer confidence in your inventory and brand to sell more cars. Below, we will help you better understand the value of AutoCheck throughout your dealership and take you through the five best practices for using AutoCheck.

AutoCheck Best Practice #1: Integrate AutoCheck in all your dealership’s applications and websites.

The good thing about AutoCheck is the ease of integration within a dealership’s applications and websites. AutoCheck works with hundreds of software providers, meaning it is highly flexible with whatever your dealership is using. It doesn’t matter if the user is a buyer, manager, technician, or any other role at a dealership. There are no additional costs for multiple users since there is an unlimited number of users for a dealership. If a dealership works with someone that AutoCheck doesn’t already work with, Experian will still set the dealership up and work with them to make sure they have a seamless integration.

AutoCheck Best Practice #2: Run an AutoCheck on every vehicle acquisition.

Since AutoCheck is a vehicle history reporting software, it can uncover unknown history that could pass off to a dealer or a consumer. AutoCheck checks for multiple owners, title brands, open recalls, previous auction announcements, prior vehicle uses, odometer fraud, accidents and so much more! The reason why this is so important comes down to the number of vehicles in operation. Per NADA Data, there were over 264 million cars and light-duty trucks in operation in the United States in 20161. If approximately 20% of the cars and light-duty trucks on the road have been in an accident, that is over 50 million vehicles currently on the road that have been in an accident².  The average diminished value of a vehicle in an accident is $3,0193. Finding only one accident per month you did not know about justifies and pays for the cost of an AutoCheck subscription.

AutoCheck Best Practice #3: Promote your inventory with AutoCheck.

AutoCheck can also be used to directly promote a dealer’s inventory. All a dealer does is integrate AutoCheck with their dealership’s website. An AutoCheck link is automatically added to every vehicle. There is no additional charge which provides savings to both the dealer and the consumer. The most current data is provided with every click to give feedback to dealers. AutoCheck is the only vehicle history provider on all the top online shopping sites. Consumers can look for AutoCheck on Autotrader℠, Cars.com™, CarGurus®, ebay™ Motors, Edmunds®, and Kelly Blue Book®.

AutoCheck Best Practice #4: Build confidence in every sale with AutoCheck.

The patented AutoCheck Score is a numerical rating summarizing the events about the vehicle. This helps dealers and consumers to compare vehicles of similar class and age based on a scale of 1 to 100. It also predicts the likelihood the car will be on the road in 5 years. The Score helps to understand a vehicle’s reliability as it pertains to the vehicle’s age, number of owners and accidents. When comparing two vehicles, it is also important to look at the Similar Vehicles Score. Even though a vehicle may have a score of 89 compared to a similar vehicle which scored an 85, the first vehicle may have a score range of 91-96. This would mean the vehicle that scored an 89 is lower than the average. The AutoCheck Score is based on many variables including age, vehicle class, mileage, number of owners, and vehicle use and event.

Along with the AutoCheck Score, the BuyBack Protection program from AutoCheck will help build confidence. Experian will buy back a vehicle if the AutoCheck report fails to list certain brands available to Experian at the time the report was issued. This program is up to 110% of NADA Guides retail value, plus up to $500 in aftermarket accessories. Registered and qualified vehicles have this protection available at no cost and will have a badge on their report.

AutoCheck Best Practice #5: Promote your service department by providing service data.

The final aspect and best practice focuses on the service department and service data. Dealers can display services they have performed within AutoCheck. With AutoCheck, dealers and consumers can see that a vehicle has been well maintained with reported service data. Reporting service data provides an easy to understand format for customers and builds confidence for shoppers. All-in-all, AutoCheck can be used in every department successfully.

To recap, these are the five best practices for AutoCheck. Integrate AutoCheck in all your dealership’s applications and websites. Run an AutoCheck on every vehicle. Promote your inventory with AutoCheck. Build consumer confidence in every sale with AutoCheck. Promote your service department and display service records on AutoCheck.

¹Source: NADA DATA, Annual General Overview 2016, page 3. https://www.nada.org/2016NADAdataHighlights/  

²Source: Experian Analysis, more than 18 % of cars and light duty trucks in operation have been in an accident.

3Source: Mitchell Industry Trends Report, Q1 2017, page 32 http://www.mitchell.com/Portals/0/Assets/industry-trends/itr-vol-17-no-1-winter-2017-apd.pdf