Checking used car history records by the VIN number
You might try Carfax.com to check a used car's history records before buying a car. It doesn't give you a 100% warranty that the car is perfect, but for a few dollars (about $20 US) for a History Report can save you a lot more. You may find out the following:
The good thing, Carfax works in Canada as well. Unlimited Reports Plan costs $25 US but you can request an unlimited number of vehicle history reports for 30 days, handy if you are actively used car shopping. You can pay them online, they accept VISA, MasterCard, and American Express.