Many Canada government departments and national/local organizations offer VIN search services on recall, stolen check, lien search, and more to the public.
Transport Canada is responsible for transportation policies and programs. It hosts a comprehensive motor vehicle safety recall database for users to search. Please note that not all vehicles in a certain make, model and model year group are subject to a given safety related recall. It is recommended that owners contact the manufacturer or their local dealer to verify.
Canadian Police Information Centre (CPIC) is maintained by Canada’s own elite law enforcement group, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). The public can search for motor vehicles that have been reported stolen on its website.
Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC)’s free VIN Verify service can help you check whether a car has been reported as flood-damaged and non-repairable by participating IBC member insurance companies.
PPSA.ca lets you search for and register liens quickly and easily in any province in Canada. PPSA is the Canadian equivalent to a UCC in the United States.
Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI)’s free VIN search service gives you the vehicle’s Saskatchewan status, Saskatchewan registration expiry date, damage claims in Saskatchewan, and if the Saskatchewan PST has been paid or is still owing
The US federal governments and national nonprofit organizations operate several websites and services that provide valuable information for new and used vehicle owners.
NICB’s VINCheckSM is a free service provided to the public to assist in determining if a vehicle has been reported as stolen, but not recovered, or has been reported as a salvage vehicle by cooperating NICB member insurance companies.
IIHS tests evaluate two aspects of safety: crashworthiness — how well a vehicle protects its occupants in a crash — and crash avoidance and mitigation — technology that can prevent a crash or lessen its severity.
Safercar.gov is operated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and is a one-stop shop for vehicle safety ratings, recall announcements and general vehicle safety information.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration was established by the Highway Safety Act of 1970 and is dedicated to achieving the highest standards of excellence in motor vehicle and highway safety. It works daily to help prevent crashes and their attendant costs, both human and financial.
The mission of the Environmental Protection Agency is to protect human health and the environment. It is a great resources for learning about fuel economy, vehicle emissions, and green vehicles.