It is wise to obtain a vehicle history report for any Durango you are seriously considering buying. Why? Because vehicle history reports show the background of the vehicle and any surprises that the background may contain.
For instance, it may surprise you to learn that vehicles are sometimes put on the market after being junked, or considered as salvage vehicles. This means that even though an insurance company has decided it costs to much to repair a vehicle after it has been damaged in a flood or fire, or after it has been totaled in a wreck, someone has taken the time and made the effort to resurrect it. This means they may have repaired an engine that was damaged if someone forgot to put oil in it. Or they have repaired a vehicle that may have been under water for an extended period of time after being swept away in a flood. Or they have done the body work to bring back a vehicle damaged by large, softball-sized hail in a hail storm. Or even replaced the electrical system after an electrical system fire.
Other reasons to order a vehicle history report include finding out if the odometer on the vehicle has ever been suspected of being rolled back; if the vehicle is considered a gray market vehicle, one that has perhaps been imported into the country but does not meet U.S. safety and/or environmental standards; if the vehicle's odometer exceeds mechanical limits, in other words if the vehicle has more miles on it than can be recorded on the odometer; if the vehicle has ever been reported as being a lemon, in other words, that it never ran well for whatever reason and was returned to the manufacturer or dealer; if it is considered scrapped, or junked, in which case it cannot be titled, or if the vehicle has been declared to have a clean record, in other words nothing negative has ever been reported about the Durango.
The more money you spend on a vehicle history report, the more detail you will see. You can purchase a vehicle history report from one of the companies listed on this webpage for $20 to $60. In addition to information about the vehicle's condition, the sixty-dollar report also includes a title search. This tells you whether the title is actually clear, in other words, if the title has any liens or other legal encumbrances attached to it. If this happens to be the case, it will prevent you from transferring the title to your name and will prevent you actually taking possession of the Durango you plan to buy.
The Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) in your state may also provide vehicle history reports. Check with your local DMV and ask what a report includes and how much it costs.
To order a vehicle history report either from one of the reliable companies on this page or from your DMV, you will need to provide the 16-digit vehicle identification number (VIN) located on the driver's side dashboard or the driver's side door frame.