VIN Verify Buying a used car? IBC and Équité Association's free VIN Verify service for consumers can help you check if a car was reported as flood-damaged and non-repairable. You just need the car’s vehicle identification number (VIN) to get started.Great Deal on a Car? Make Sure it Hasn't Been Through a Disaster.Use IBC and Équité Association's free VIN Verify service to check whether a car has been reported as flood-damaged and non-repairable by participating Équité member insurance companies in Alberta and Ontario.To protect consumers, in cooperation with Équité Association's member insurers, IBC maintains a database of vehicles reported and branded as non-repairable.Unfortunately, fraudsters sell flood-damaged vehicles to unsuspecting consumers for a profit. Any vehicle that was flooded up to the bottom of the dash must be branded as non-repairable and can no longer be operated on any Canadian road. Every Canadian jurisdiction follows this same guideline.With water-damaged electronic components, potential mould and other issues, flooded vehicles are unsafe. They have no place on the road.How to Use VIN Verify in 4 Simple Steps Step 1: Obtain the vehicle identification number (VIN).Step 2: Enter the VIN.Step 3: Agree to and accept the terms and conditions of use. Step 4: Enter the verification code and search the VIN Verify database. IBC’s national database reports affected VINs as “Flood,” “Fire,” “Irreparable” or “Salvaged.” Please check back periodically to review the VIN of concern or contact your local IBC Consumer Information Centre. VIN Verify Database Terms and Conditions of UseThe IBC VIN database is made possible through the cooperation of participating IBC members.The information derived from the database is provided “as is” and IBC and its members make no, and actively disclaim any, warranties, representations, or conditions whatsoever, expressed or implied, regarding the information, including in regard to the accuracy, completeness or validity of such data, and any implied warranty of merchantability, fitness, or any warranties arising from course of dealing, usage of trade or from statute.The user of this information shall not make any representation, warranty or condition to any third party either directly, indirectly or through omission about the accuracy or completeness of the information, other than to the extent first authorized in writing by IBC.By checking a VIN against this database, you agree to not hold Insurance Bureau of Canada, its employees, Board of Directors, members, agents or any other entity that provided this information to IBC, liable for any reason as a result of your use of this information including, but not limited to, if the information proves to be inaccurate.VIN Verify and Recent Natural DisastersSome vehicles that were reported as “Flood,” “Fire,” “Irreparable” or “Salvaged” may not appear on this website right away.There may be other vehicles that were reported as flooded/fire damaged that are not included in this database.It is possible that a vehicle was incorrectly reported and has not been removed from this database.It is possible that there are vehicles with duplicate VINs and/or VINs that have been incorrectly entered.Understanding a Car’s VIN Learn what each of the individual letters and digits in a car’s VIN represent and how to review a car’s VIN. Or get tips about how to use a VIN to identify a stolen car. Understanding Vehicle Identification NumbersAn accurate VIN can assist consumers in buying a used vehicle. If you know how to check your vehicle’s VIN, you will be less likely to buy a stolen vehicle or a vehicle that has been deemed irreparable or unsafe for road use. For more information about buying a used vehicle, contact your provincial or territorial licensing/registration office. Related ServicesVIN TipsThe vehicle identification number (VIN) tells the whole story of a car, but a criminal may have altered it to hide the fact that the car was stolen or flood-damaged. Here’s how to review a car’s VIN to ensure you’re getting what you think you’re getting. Useful LinksInsurance CrimeIBC provides investigative services to help contain the premiums of honest Canadian policyholders. Crisis ManagementIf you find yourself in a crisis situation, never admit liability. Canadian Police Information Centre Welcome to the CPIC website, where the public can search our national database to see if a motor vehicle or property has been reported stolen. Law enforcement partners can register to access more detailed documentation and reports based on information in the CPIC database. National Insurance Crime BureauNICB's VINCheck 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 members.