You may remember we discussed here and on the http://allchile.net/chileforum/viewtopi ... 11243.html
thread getting the number plate (patente) checked out at the Registro Civil. I found out from my wife's brother than works in the car/sales industry that there is a better, more thorough and more professional check available http://www.autofact.cl
. For a small increase of price (4990 vs just under 2000 for Registro Civil check) you get way better info including by the looks of it all or some of the same info you would get anyway with the Registro Civil check.
It covers fines and infracciones, autopista debts, how many others, all the names of all the owners, how long they owned it for, their RUTs. I can also see the entire revision tecnica history including failures and why it failed, and what km was recorded each time.
If the person that edits the wiki is reading this, it might be worth adding this to the "risks" section of the car article. I have to got to recommend this website and getting this report for any used car purchase.
The only problem is that the payment failed over and over again (stupid web pay thing which is sh1t) both with Banco De Estado cuenta RUT or foreign cards, meaning I had to call up someone else and get them to do it and I send them a transfer.
Still worth it. We were going to buy a car today until we got this check and found out that the car has this in its history:
"Vehículo rematado debido a pérdida total grave.
(Sin posibilidad de arreglo)"
quite curious - seems like it was written off (as we say in the UK at least) by the insurance company, perhaps indicating that the cost of repairing the vehicle was higher than the cost of replacing it. And yet, here it is being sold again (???).
Rematado, my wife explains to me, meaning it was auctioned off - presumably in its smashed up state.
Yikes. I also found out a record of 30,000 debt at one of the toll roads (Autopista Central). This can also be looked up for free. They also have the debts arranged by name. So, I am not sure whether that debt would matter or not to a new buyer.
Another curious thing: it's mileage at its 2014 revision tecnica was lower than 2013. This may be a genuine typo because it went from 138 in 2013 to 123 in 2014 to 167 in 2015 so maybe the 2014 one was just inputted wrong. Still, doesn't fill you with confidence.