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How Does Carfax Work?  
User currently offlineMarcus From Mexico, joined Apr 2001, 1779 posts, RR: 2
Posted (3 years 5 months 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 1352 times:

OK so I'm looking for a pre-owned vehicle (let someone else take the +30% depreciation hit for driving it of the lot), I have narrowed it down to a couple of options, both 2008 models...but this is where I have a question.

Option number 1 has 22K miles and a clean carfax record, but I mean clean as it only shows when it was sold at the dealer and when the current dealer put it up for sale.

Option number 2 has basically the same mileage, but the carfax record shows when it was sold and various services at 3K to 4K mile intervals.

Why would one record show the regular services done to the car while the other would not? did the previous owner from option 1 not service the car at all? or is it because option 1 was sold as a lease and option 2 was a buy?.....does anyone know how do the recorded items on carfax end up in there?


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User currently offlineEMBQA From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 9364 posts, RR: 11
Reply 1, posted (3 years 5 months 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 1311 times:

Maybe option one did not enter the data....?? I'd take the vin number to the local dealership and ask then to look it up. I did that with my Volvo and it showed all but one check was current...and they did that for free.

[Edited 2011-02-23 16:05:41]


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User currently offline474218 From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 6340 posts, RR: 9
Reply 2, posted (3 years 5 months 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 1294 times:

I bought a new Dodge Omni GLH in 1884 and I still own it. It has never been in an accident and I have always none my own maintenance. So I was surprised to see that there were twenty three (23) "Car Fax" events listed for it. So I had a friend run a Car Fax report, which showed, seven (7) passed "California Emission Test" and sixteen (16) passed "Georgia Emission Tests".

User currently offlineEMBQA From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 9364 posts, RR: 11
Reply 3, posted (3 years 5 months 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 1288 times:

Quoting 474218 (Reply 2):
I bought a new Dodge Omni GLH in 1884

 

Awesome little sleeper...!!



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User currently offlineFRAspotter From United States of America, joined May 2004, 2343 posts, RR: 9
Reply 4, posted (3 years 5 months 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 1285 times:

Quoting 474218 (Reply 2):
I bought a new Dodge Omni GLH in 1884 and I still own it.

Oh was that the ultra cool horse drawn version?  

I just got a Car Fax report for my car to see what all was up and was surprised how detailed it was. Maybe it was just because I did almost all of my servicing at the actual dealership. Did the same thing for my sister's car who does all her maintenance at various local independently owned garages and her report was empty... I guess Dealerships for the most part are much better at entering the data then local family businesses who may not have the equipment necessary...



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User currently offlineasuflyer05 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2371 posts, RR: 3
Reply 5, posted (3 years 5 months 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 1276 times:

CarFax offers the ability to report maintenance and service department visits to dealerships/service shops. If a car is serviced at a dealer that is not hooked up with CarFax, the service visits will not be reported.

User currently offlinevarigb707 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (3 years 5 months 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 1231 times:

Here's my two cents :

I recently sold my truck on Ebay. I entered the VIN # for the Carfax option and all the information there was correct.
So i'd say Carfax is pretty accurate.


User currently offlineltbewr From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13037 posts, RR: 12
Reply 7, posted (3 years 5 months 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 1231 times:

Insurance companies will also report significant body damage claims to Carfax, especially if there is a police report. I got burned for about $500+ on a trade in of a car in 2006 as the dealer ran a Carfax report as part of their trade-in evaluation, and an accident where a side panel behind the drivers door got damaged by a dummy backing into it and about $1500 in damage when the care was just over a year old. Yet 3 other accidents (all 3 not my fault and police reportable) were apparently not on the report.

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