If you've been on the hunt for the used car that perfectly fits your budget and needs, then you've probably run across various Carfax reports for different vehicles. However, these reports can be lengthy, depending on the age of the vehicle and the number of previous owners. So how do you know what to look out for in a Carfax report? Keep reading to learn how to get the best used vehicle possible.

What goes into a CarFax report?

Whether you're selling your vehicle or purchasing a used one, a Carfax report can make a big difference in the sale of a vehicle. A vehicle's VIN is able to pull up records from different databases, compiling all of the information that it can find about the history of the vehicle. Below is some of the information that you'll encounter using Carfax:

Any Damage To the Vehicle

Seeing an unblemished exterior on a used vehicle doesn't mean nothing has happened to it before. This covers anything from an accident to other damage the car has accumulated since it was first built. 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.

Odometer History

To be certain of exact 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 more new than it actually is.

Any Issues With Titling

The title of a vehicle displays ownership, so if it is missing or there are problems with it, then walking away may be the right option. Don't buy from a private seller who can't prove that they own the vehicle.

"Lemon Status"

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 better not to buy a vehicle that's been recalled because of potential future problems it could have.

Records of Previous Owners

It's always a smart idea to be aware of 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.

Any Service or Maintenance Records

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.

Any Warranties Still Valid

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.

Model-Specific Safety Information

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

A clean Carfax report equals little to no serious issues reported. If you're selling your vehicle and have maintained it properly 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 Cooper Motor Company at 305 E Main St., Clinton, SC 29325. We look forward to serving our customers from Laurens and Fountain Inn.