Do You Have a Clean Carfax? | Dry Ridge KY | Serving Florence, Cincinnati & Lexington

Are you aware of exactly what goes into a Carfax report? Well, you’re in luck. We’ve outlined the information you might find in a Carfax report and why it’s important when you want to sell your vehicle or buy one. Knowing what goes into a Carfax report could make or break a sale, so check out the details below.

What goes into a CarFax report?

A Carfax report is a summary of the history of your vehicle, as found on various databases using the vehicle’s VIN. With all of the information in one place, it’s quick and easy to determine if a vehicle you’re looking at is right for you or not. Since this report is so important, here’s a list of the data you might encounter in a Carfax report.

Any Damage To the VehicleSeeing an unblemished exterior on a used car doesn't mean that it’s newer. This report lists 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 note of that. You wouldn't want to buy a vehicle that’s been in an accident resulting in it being totaled.

Odometer HistoryTo be certain of mileage, Carfax can collect data on the odometer. If it's an earlier model of a vehicle with a manual odometer, although unlikely, there's always the potential that it could have been tampered with. This becomes an issue because you would assume that a vehicle is newer than it truly is.

Any Issues With TitlingThe title of a vehicle proves ownership, so if this is missing or there are problems with it, then it's best to just walk away. Don't buy from a seller that can't show that they actually own the vehicle.

"Lemon Status"When a dealer has recalled or repurchased the vehicle due to major problems, this is what's called "lemon status." It's usually best not to purchase a vehicle that's been recalled because of the potential for problems going forward.

Records of Previous OwnersIt's always good to know how many people have driven a vehicle. For example, with a rental car, you wouldn't have any estimate on 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, signals that it might be a better vehicle in the long run.

Any Service or Maintenance RecordsWhen a vehicle has been maintained properly, you should be supplied with or be able to find a record of oil changes, tire rotations and regular checkups done throughout the years. These records from Carfax can shine a light on any problems 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 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 you can’t find any major issues in a vehicle, then it has a clean Carfax report. If you’re purchasing a vehicle, be sure to consider everything you see on the report before you buy. Or if you’re selling one, it shouldn’t be a problem if you’ve kept up with the maintenance and haven’t had any major accidents.

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 9 Taft Highway, Dry Ridge, KY 41035. We look forward to serving customers from Florence, Cincinnati and Lexington.

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