Do You Have a Clean CARFAX? | Mobile AL
Whether you’re looking to sell your old vehicle or you’re wanting to buy something pre-owned, the history of a vehicle is important. In the automotive industry, obtaining a CARFAX report is a critical step in the buying process. Ready to sell your vehicle? An important factor in determining a car’s value is based on its CARFAX report, and we know you want the best price. Does your car have a clean CARFAX? Find out more about what makes up these reports.
What goes into a CARFAX report?
Whether you’re buying or selling, a CARFAX report can make a big difference in securing a sale or not. Any vehicle’s VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) can bring up records from various databases, gathering information about the history of the vehicle. Below is some of the information you can find using CARFAX.
Any Damage to the Vehicle
While a used car’s exterior may look perfectly undamaged, there’s no guarantee that the vehicle hasn’t been damaged in the past. That could include anything from an accident to any other injury the car has experienced since it was first manufactured. If the airbags have ever been deployed, you’ll find a record of that. You’ll generally want to avoid a used vehicle that has seen major damage or has ever been totaled (but repaired).
To be sure of the mileage, CARFAX includes information on the odometer. Although unlikely, if it’s an older vehicle with a manual odometer, there’s a chance it has been altered. This becomes problematic because you’d believe that a vehicle hasn’t been driven as much as it actually has.
Any Issues with Titling
Ownership of a vehicle is demonstrated by the title, so if it’s absent or there are issues with it, you should probably walk away from the deal. Never buy from a private seller who can’t prove that they own a vehicle.
When a dealer repurchases or recalls a vehicle due to major issues, that vehicle then becomes what’s known as a “lemon” or gains “lemon status.” Try to avoid buying a vehicle that has been recalled, as there could be potential future problems.
Records of Previous Owners
A good idea is to find out how many people have owned a particular car. With a used rental car, for example, there’s no way to know who has driven it, what kind of stress has been put on the vehicle or how clean it was kept. Fewer owners (especially owners who kept up with routine maintenance) shows that the vehicle may be a better investment in the long term.
Any Service or Maintenance Records
As long as a vehicle has been routinely maintained, you’ll be supplied with or should be able to find a record of oil changes, tire rotations and regular checkups performed throughout the years. These records from CARFAX provide insight into any problems the vehicle may have had and whether or not these issues have been solved.
Any Warranties Still Valid
Depending on how old a car is, CARFAX can tell you if the vehicle still qualifies for any warranties. Because some maintenance may be covered under that warranty, this could be an added bonus of buying a used vehicle.
Model-Specific Safety Information
You can also find the crash-test information on the specific make and model of the vehicle on a CARFAX report. Included in this information are safety recalls and other relevant safety details. A potential buyer may want to know this information for your vehicle for added peace of mind.
A Clean CARFAX Report
To have a clean CARFAX, it simply means there have been no major problems reported. If you’re selling your vehicle and have properly maintained it (without being involved in any major accidents), you should be safe. If you’re buying a pre-owned vehicle, make sure you take a good look at 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 Lexus of Mobile at 3024 Government Blvd, Mobile, AL 36606. We look forward to serving our customers near Gulf Coast, Daphne and Spanish Fort.