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Is that used vehicle you are about to buy been in a crash?

Toyota cars for sale are parked at a dealership. SGI has an online tool that allows potential buyers to check a used vehicle’s history before making the purchase.
Toyota cars for sale are parked at a dealership. SGI has an online tool that allows potential buyers to check a used vehicle’s history before making the purchase. Elise Amendola / AP Photo

REGINA – Is the used vehicle you are about to buy been in a crash? Online tools available in Saskatchewan aim to give you that answer before making that purchase.

Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI) has a vehicle identification number (VIN) search tool that allows potential car buyers look up the history of vehicles that have previously been registered in the province.

Searches cover vehicles being sold by private sellers and licensed motor dealers and will return its damage claim history in the province since Nov. 1, 2002, including damage caused by collisions, flooding or other incidents and repairs made to the vehicle that may only be cosmetic.

It also includes the most recent registration expiry date and whether provincial sales tax (PST) is payable.

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The Canadian Police Information Centre also provides a search tool that allows potential buyers to enter the VIN to see if the vehicle has been reported stolen.

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SGI also has a form to allow for cross-Canada VIN searches.

There are also online services that provide VIN searches for a fee.

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