When you're searching for the perfect used car, there are a lot of things to consider. How many owners has it had? Has it been in any accidents? Have previous owners kept up with the maintenance? And before Carfax, you might not have known the answers to these questions. But now, you can know these things and more before you even set eyes on the vehicle.
Whether you're selling your vehicle or purchasing a used one, a Carfax report can be a huge deciding factor in the deal. A vehicle's VIN is able to bring up records from different databases, compiling information that it can get about the history of the vehicle. Below is some of the information that you can find using Carfax:
Seeing a polished exterior on a used vehicle doesn't mean it hasn't sustained damage before. This encompasses anything from an accident to other damage the car has accumulated since it was first manufactured. For example, if the airbags have ever been deployed you'll see a record of that. You wouldn't want to buy a vehicle that has been totaled in an accident.
To be sure of correct mileage, Carfax can gather information on the odometer. If it's an older vehicle with a manual odometer, although unlikely, there is a possibility that it could have been altered. This becomes a problem because you would think that a vehicle is less used than it actually is.
The title of a vehicle shows ownership, so if it is missing or there are issues with it, then walking away may be your best option. Don't buy from a private seller who can't prove that they own the vehicle.
When a dealer has recalled or repurchased a vehicle due to major issues, that vehicle gains what's known as a "lemon status." It's best not to purchase a vehicle that's been recalled because of potential future problems it could have.
It's always good to know how many people have owned a vehicle. With a used 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 clean they kept it. Fewer owners, especially owners who've kept up with maintenance, shows that the vehicle might be a better investment in the long run.
When a vehicle has been regularly maintained, you should be supplied 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 provide insight into any issues the vehicle might have experienced in the past and whether or not they have been taken care of.
Depending on the age of the used vehicle, Carfax will be able to tell you if any warranties are still valid. Since some maintenance might be covered under the warranty, this would be an added bonus of buying a used vehicle.
Carfax should also 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 for added peace of mind on the road.
A clean Carfax report means that there haven't been any serious issues reported. If you're selling your vehicle and have properly maintained it without getting involved in any major accidents, you should be in the clear. If you're buying a used vehicle, it's important to consider everything on the Carfax report before you make your final decision.
If you have any questions about the Carfax reports that we offer with our used inventory, please feel free to contact us directly or stop by John Roberts Toyota at 2610 Hillsboro Blvd Manchester, TN 37355. As always, we look forward to serving our customers from Manchester, TN, and throughout Murfreesboro, Shelbyville and Middle Tennessee.