June 19, 2002 Vancouver BC — People who are in the market
for a used vehicle have a convenient new tool to help them in their buying decisions.
As of June 11, customers can access information on a
vehicle’s ICBC claims history through www.icbc.com.
This online service is fast and user-friendly, and provides an after-hours”
alternative to ICBC’s phone and fax vehicle damage information service.
“We believe that customers will welcome this
service,” said Bill Goble, senior vice president for sales and service. “We’re
pleased to have a new product that can help customers to become more informed buyers of
To access a vehicle’s claims history online, the customer
will require the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) for the vehicle. When the VIN is
entered, ICBC’s vehicle damage information systems will confirm that the number entered
corresponds to the correct vehicle by providing vehicle details (make, model, and year).
The system then generates a report on the entire ICBC claims history for the vehicle. This
vehicle claims history report can either be printed or sent to any e-mail address.
The cost for this service is $20 plus GST per search.
Payment is by Visa or MasterCard.
ICBC has provided vehicle claims information to consumers
since 1995, through a phone and fax service. In 1999, an online access system was added
for high-volume users, such as motor dealers and vehicle auction businesses. In 2001, ICBC
handled over 82,000 phone and fax information requests, and more than 113,000 requests
were made through the dealer service.
Customers can access the Vehicle Claims History Service
through the home page of www.icbc.com. For phone service, call the toll-free hotline at
1.800.464.5050 or 604.661.2233 in the Lower Mainland. For requests by fax, the number is
604.443.7307 or 604.443.4683.
The “Buying a Car” section of ICBC’s website also
has helpful information for prospective vehicle buyers. The section includes information
on car dealers, private sales, inspecting a vehicle and a checklist to use as a reference
when shopping for a vehicle.