DES PLAINES, Ill., November 9, 2021 — The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB), the insurance industry’s association dedicated to predicting, preventing, and prosecuting insurance crime, proudly announces an upgrade to its popular VINCheck® service. A new photo feature allows users to take a picture of the vehicle identification number with any camera-ready device, and VINCheck will take care of the rest.
“Cars damaged in floods or in accidents and then carefully restored could be hiding some very unsafe parts, placing drivers, passengers, and others on the road at risk,” said David Glawe, president and CEO of the NICB. “NICB’s free VINCheck tool helps car shoppers check on the known history of a vehicle through data made available by our participating member companies. Adding photo search capability makes it easier than ever for consumers to make an informed decision before making a big-ticket purchase.”
Using the photo capability of VINCheck is a straightforward process.
NICB has been offering its free VINCheck service for more than 16 years. Established in response to the several hundred thousand vehicles flooded during Hurricane Katrina, the database has since grown to include not only flood-damaged vehicles but also those involved in accidents and unrecovered stolen vehicles.
Over the past several years, VINCheck has provided users more than 5.5 million VIN searches. Here are a few testimonials from users:
VINCheck is made possible through the cooperation of participating NICB member companies. The information in VINCheck includes vehicles insured in the United States. VINCheck also includes some motorcycles and watercraft. A maximum of five searches can be conducted within a 24-hour period per IP address.
REPORT FRAUD: Anyone with information concerning insurance fraud or vehicle theft can report it anonymously by calling toll-free 800.TEL.NICB (800.835.6422)or submitting a form on our website.
ABOUT THE NATIONAL INSURANCE CRIME BUREAU: Headquartered in Des Plaines, Ill., the NICB is the nation's leading not-for-profit organization exclusively dedicated to preventing, detecting and defeating insurance fraud and vehicle theft through Intelligence & Analytics, Learning & Development, and Strategy, Policy, & Plans. The NICB is supported by more than 1,200 property and casualty insurance companies, rental car agencies, auto auctions, and self-insured entities. NICB member companies wrote more than $530 billion in insurance premiums in 2020, or more than 82% of the nation's property-casualty insurance. That includes more than 95% ($236 billion) of the nation's personal auto insurance. To learn more, visit www.nicb.org.