How to Find Out What Kind of Car Someone Drives

March 16, 2024

When someone drives a specific vehicle, it often tells you a lot about them. It’s an extension of their lifestyle, budget and fashion choices. It may be something they’re very proud of, like a classic Ferrari Enzo, or it could be a family vehicle that gets them from place to place. Whatever the case, many people want to know how to find out what kind of car someone drives.

The good news is that it’s not impossible to get this information. In fact, there are quite a few ways to do so. Here are some of them:

Using a plate search

In the digital age, it’s easier than ever to find out what kind of car someone drives by running their license plate number. But this method only works if you have their name to start with. You can also use services like TruthFinder, which compiles public records and online databases to provide detailed information about a person’s assets including the vehicles they own.

If you’re looking for a more official way to check what cars a person owns, you can visit your local Department of Motor Vehicles (or the agency that handles this function in your state). You’ll need a valid reason, such as witnessing a traffic accident or wanting to purchase a used car from them. Otherwise, you might be prosecuted for violating the DPPA (Driver Privacy Protection Act).

Finally, if you’re not comfortable asking anyone directly, you can try running a People Search through a private company like BeenVerified or TruthFinder. They’ll scan hundreds of millions of public records to uncover personal details about a person including the vehicles they own.


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