What Is CARFAX? Never Buy
Another Used Car Lemon!
Used Car History Reports Made Simple for Anyone
Looking for the goods on your next "new-to-you" vehicle? CARFAX is something that any person buying a used car should never be without!
CARFAX is an online database containing information about used vehicles.
All you need is the VIN (vehicle identification number) of the vehicle you're thinking about buying. Give it to CARFAX and you'll soon have a detailed report about that used car. If anything happened to the car in its past, CARFAX will report it.
Here is a list of some common things that will show up on a CARFAX report if the car has a bad history:
Totaled in accident
Emission inspection results
Rollbacks of the odometer (odometer fraud)
Commercial vehicle use, such as rental, taxi, or lease
These reports are very popular because they give you a way to determine what damage or other problems the vehicle has been through. Since a lot of car lots do not know the history until they pull a CARFAX, it's nice to know that you no longer have to be in the dark when purchasing a used vehicle.
If you're purchasing the vehicle from a used car lot, then the CARFAX report should be free of charge. This is something that dealerships usually offer free. Those who do not offer this as a free service to their customers may be trying to hide something. Don't buy from them!
But even if the report is free, you still need to be vigilant. Don't assume that the report the dealer gives you is for the vehicle you're thinking of buying. Take the report to the vehicle and compare the vehicle identification number to the VIN on the vehicle.
If you want to purchase a used vehicle from a private party, the CARFAX report's cost will most likely fall on your shoulders unless the seller offers this as a bonus for looking at the car.
To purchase one report, the cost is roughly thirty dollars. People who have to request several can pay forty dollars for unlimited reports. This is the typical route that used car dealerships take in order to be able to provide this service to all of their potential customers.
If you're looking at mostly private sales, consider the $40 plan so that you can have as many reports as you need until you find the car that meets your needs.
In the end, it's easy to see why looking at the CARFAX report is an important part of purchasing a used vehicle. You no longer have to worry about purchasing a lemon and having to deal with all kinds of lemon law issues because of it.
All you have to do is view the CARFAX report, then make a truly educated decision based on what you know about the car.
NOTE:The information here is not legal advice and is only presented to you so you can know your options if you purchased a lemon. As with any legal issue, you should seek the advice of a qualified attorney.