Dealerships provide you a Carfax report when you're looking at a used vehicle, but have you ever wondered what all goes into it? You might want to sell your used vehicle or purchase one -- either way, knowing what a clean Carfax report is can make all the difference in the selling or buying process. Check out what makes a Carfax report clean and why it matters.
What goes into a CarFax report?
Since your vehicle's VIN can be the key to accessing information from various databases, a lot of data can be found about the history of the vehicle. A Carfax report compiles all of this information, making it easier than ever to know more about where your used vehicle has been. A Carfax report can make or break a sale, so below, we've made an outline of some of the data you might discover when using CarFax.
Any Damage To the VehicleSeeing an unblemished exterior on a used vehicle doesn't ensure that nothing has happened to it. This includes everything from an accident to other damage that the car has sustained since it was first built. For example, if the airbags have been deployed, you'll see a record of that. You wouldn't want to buy a vehicle that has been in an accident resulting in it being totaled.
Odometer HistoryTo be certain of true mileage, Carfax can gather previous data on the odometer. If it's an older vehicle with a manual odometer, although unlikely, there's always the potential that it could have been adjusted. This becomes a problem because you would assume that a vehicle is newer than it really is.
Any Issues With TitlingThe title of a vehicle establishes ownership, so if this is lacking or there are issues with it, then it's better to walk away. Don't buy from a private seller who can't demonstrate that they own the vehicle.
"Lemon Status"When a dealer has recalled or repurchased the vehicle due to major issues, this is what's known as "lemon status." It's probably best not to purchase a vehicle that's been recalled because of the possible future problems it could have.
Records of Previous OwnersIt's good to know how many people have owned a vehicle. With a rental car, for example, you wouldn't have any idea who's been driving it, how much stress they put on the vehicle and how neat they kept it. Fewer owners, especially owners who've kept up with maintenance, signals that it might be a better vehicle in the long run.
Any Service or Maintenance RecordsWhen a vehicle has been maintained in the right way, you should be provided with or be able to find a record of oil changes, tire rotations and regular checkups performed throughout the years. These records from Carfax can shine a light on any issues the vehicle might have experienced in the past and whether or not they have been fixed.
Any Warranties Still ValidDepending on the age of the used vehicle, Carfax will be able to tell you if any warranties might still be valid. Since some maintenance might still be covered under the warranty, this would be an additional bonus of buying a used vehicle.
Model-Specific Safety InformationCarfax should have crash-test information on the specific make and model of the vehicle. Included under this umbrella are safety recalls and other relevant safety information. A potential buyer would want to know this about a vehicle in the event that they ever got into an accident.
A Clean CarFax Report
When no big problems have popped up about a vehicle, then it has a clean Carfax report. Selling your car shouldn't be a problem if you've kept up with the maintenance and haven't gotten into any major accidents. If you're buying one, be sure to mull over everything on the Carfax report before to deciding to buy.
If you have any further questions about Carfax or any of our used vehicles, please feel free to contact us directly or stop by our dealership at 11333 Philips Highway, Jacksonville, FL 32256 for a test-drive. We look forward to serving our customers from Jacksonville, FL, and throughout St. Augustine, Northeast Florida and the First Coast.