Our new AI damage feature can identify collisions from vehicle photos

Renata Liubertaitė

Renata Liubertaitė

Damage history is one of the key considerations when buying a car. Sadly, some accidents don’t appear in accessible databases, making them more difficult to learn about.

One of the ways we’re addressing this problem is through AI, which helps us identify damages from the Photo section of our vehicle history report. Even if there’s no damage record, we may now be able to spot past accidents and warn our users.

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Introducing the AI damage feature

Our AI can now analyze the Photos section of the vehicle history report and identify whether a vehicle has been damaged in the past.

AI detected damage from vehicle photos

Why is this relevant?

Sometimes, we don’t have access to a damage record, but we do have photos of a vehicle with visible damages. In the past, this would not be displayed in the damage section of our report.

Enter our AI damage feature.

AI detected damage from vehicle photos

By analyzing vehicle photos, our AI damage feature can spot visible damages. If this happens, the record will now appear in the damage section of the report. This reduces the chances that our users will miss it – regardless of the available damage records.

AI damage insight

A picture is worth a thousand words, goes the old saying. This is even truer with AI doing the looking, but don’t count yourself out, either.

Photos can tell you what questions you need to ask the seller before sealing the deal. So always check the Photo section in the carVertical history report for more insights.

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Why should you always check the vehicle for damage?

Knowing the vehicle’s damage history before buying it allows you to uncover potential weak spots and avoid bad deals. Always check the damage history to:

  • Ensure your safety. Accidents, especially high-impact ones, can cause structural damage to a vehicle's frame or chassis. This damage may not always be visible but can weaken the vehicle's structure, compromising your safety on the road.
  • Minimize financial risk. Buying a car with undisclosed damages may lead to expensive repairs, a lower resale value, and more difficulty to sell in general.
  • Enjoy peace of mind. Knowing that your car or motorcycle is in good condition can help you feel safer and happier. It can eliminate worries about unexpected breakdowns and make you feel more confident about your decision.

Why some damage records may be absent from reports

Vehicle history reports rely on information from various reputable sources, including law enforcement databases, state registries, insurance databases, auto repair shops, connected vehicle fleets, and many more.

However, reports may sometimes lack damage records, even if the vehicle has been in an accident. Here are a few potential reasons why:

  • No one reported the damage. In some cases, individuals may choose not to report an accident to the relevant authorities or insurance companies. Hence, there’s no record in the database that can be included in a vehicle history report.
  • Human error. If the accident was not properly documented, it may not appear in the vehicle history report.
  • Delay in reporting. It's possible that an accident was reported, but there is a delay before the data enters a database.

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Renata Liubertaitė

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Renata Liubertaitė

Renata is a writer with over 8 years of experience in publishing, marketing, and SaaS companies. Writing in various fields and covering highly technical topics has taught her to turn complex things into something everyone can understand. When not writing for carVertical, she loves DIY projects and spontaneous bike rides.