What is on a CarFax
If you’re purchasing a pre-owned, or new-to-you as we like to say, vehicle it’s always a good idea to ask to see the CarFax. A CarFax report is an official report that states everything the vehicle has been through, such as flooding or hail damage, any maintenance repairs it’s seen, such as a transmission replacement, and how many miles the vehicle officially has.
While this may seem like trivial information at the time of purchase, especially when you’re mostly concerned about the price of the vehicle, taking the once-over of a CarFax, or at least knowing what is on a CarFax, may help you avoid what we in the car industry call a lemon.
No, we’re not talking about the sour citrus. A lemon in the car world is a car that is found to be defective only after you purchase it.
There are a variety of used-car lemon laws that help used-car buyers make sure they’re getting a reliable, safe vehicle, but it’s still important to know all of your options.
One way of avoiding a lemon car is to ask for a copy of the vehicle’s CarFax report. You may be surprised to know all of the information that is available on a simple CarFax report. You can find out who the vehicle has been registered to, title information including salvaged or junked titles, odometer readings, lemon history, total loss accident history, any structural or frame damage sustained, indications of the vehicle being involved in an accident (such as airbag deployment), service and repair history, recall information and any vehicle usage.
Even if you don’t go with an actual CarFax report, it’s important to get some sort of reliable history of the vehicle. Our service and sales team would be glad to help.
The CarFax report costs around $40 if you’re viewing it on the company’s website, but some dealerships give it out for free to interested consumers.