Determine if vehicle has active loans or liens

Are there any websites available where I can enter the VIN number for a vehicle I am interested in purchasing to determine if there are any active loans or liens against that vehicle?

I am in the market to buy a used car and would like to be able to have the piece of mind of knowing that a vehicle has been completely paid off and has no loans before I purchase it from an individual.
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Tom CieslikIT EngineerCommented:
Usually if Vehicle is under lien or lease owner doesn't have original Title with VIN number.
He shouldn't have it since usually bank is in position this document.

But for some reason if owner has a Title, there is no option for you to check if car has lien aor is under lease but you can check vehicle history.
So if vehicle was under lease and lease is expired, this information should be in vehicle history

Here you can read about it and check vehicle history

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Bill PrewIT / Software Engineering ConsultantCommented:
Have you tried Carfax, it should have info that let's you determine this.  You have to pay a few bucks, but it gives you other useful info too like accident history, ownership, etc.

Just ask to see the title. As long as there is a lien, the lienholder possesses the title. Another thing you can do, depending on where you're located, is ask to specifically see the car registration. Some states show whether there is a lienholder on the registration itself (even if they don't tell you who the lienholder is). Also, seeing the registration will give you an idea of if the person is simply flipping the car (I tend not to trust people who've only owned the car for like a month and trying to sell it). But also, make sure you know the name of the seller. Then you can match it to the registration (I've seen people buy cars and have the title, but never even take the time to register it because their whole intention is flipping it).
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